As a kind of culinary mecca, Napa is home to some of the country's finest fare and culinary talents. For tourists traveling through wine country with only a few days - and meals - to spare, the choice of where to eat can make for a high-pressure decision. Here are five restaurant recommendations for eateries whose scrumptious menus haven't yet caught the
attention of mainstream crowds.
This Spanish-style tapas restaurant introduces the lively flavors of Spain and the South America to Napa's Main Street. The menu is replete with hot and cold small plates, paella, wine by the glass, and house-made sangria.
Zuzu's authentic spice, warm atmosphere, and charismatic wait staff cause tables to fill up as early as 6 p.m. Menu favorites include grilled squash blossoms with pepitas, black paella with squid ink, and flat iron steak topped off by chimichurri. The house doesn't receive reservations, so if you arrive during prime time prepare to saunter up to the wine bar and wait for a table to become available.
829 Main Street Napa, CA 94559