Restaurant Reviews

A review of the Ad Hoc dining experience

A few weekends ago, we dined at Thomas Keller’s third restaurant installment, Ad Hoc. The restaurant was originally going to be open temporarily and then replaced by a low key burger joint. Fortunately for us, as of September 2007 Ad Hoc became a permanent fixture in Yountville’s “restaurant row”. Described as “home-style American” cuisine, the […]

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Good eats: strong showing for Napa Valley restaurants in ’08 Michelin Guide

Any frequent diner is familiar with the Zagat Survey and Zagat-rated restaurants–it’s actually hard to avoid. Well, Zagat is beginning to get some serious competition from the company who brought us the Michelin Man. That’s right, on Wednesday The Michelin Guide San Francisco, Bay Area and Wine Country 2008 will go on sale ($16.95). This […]

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A review of the Napa General Store dining experience

The Cork Board team decided to have breakfast at the Napa General Store a few weekends ago. Located in downtown Napa, the Napa General Store is housed in the Historic Napa Mill along with Napa River Inn, Sweetie Pies and Angele. The Mill is currently surrounded by construction as downtown Napa is undergoing a second […]

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Napa’s BarbersQ gets rave review from The San Francsico Chronicle

Over the weekend the San Francisco Chronicle published a review of the new BarbersQ restaurant in Napa, giving the BBQ joint solid scores across the board. We too recently visited the restaurant, only we opted for some mid-week takeout. The service was fast and friendly, the food (we opted for the half-rack of baby back […]

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A review of the Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen dining experience

Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen is appropriately located on a street back off the main drag in St. Helena at 1327 Railroad Ave. Award-winning cookbook author and chef and owner of Mustards Grill, Cindy Pawlcyn opened Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen aiming to make the food “delicious and heartfelt”, the service “unpretentious and warm”, and the atmosphere “festive and […]

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A review of the Alexis Baking Company (ABC) breakfast experience

On a lazy Sunday morning, we decided to have breakfast at Alexis Baking Company (ABC) located in downtown Napa. Unlike many establishments in the Valley, this eatery seems more dedicated to its local patrons than pleasing the palates of tourists. For instance, locals know to sign in their names on the yellow pad sitting on […]

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A review of the Pilar dining experience

Several weeks ago, we decided to have an early Thursday night dinner at Pilar, which is located in downtown Napa. The restaurant is owned and operated by renown chef Pilar Sanchez, who (among many other things) co-hosted a show on the Food Network. Initially we worried that walking into a restaurant that only seats 49 […]

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