Where to Eat on a Budget in Napa
A meal at the revered French Laundry could cost half your mortgage, but it’s not the only option for a memorable meal in Napa. The abundance of inventive food and fresh ingredients means you can eat well on a reasonably modest budget.
For a taste of Thomas Keller’s talent without the $325 price tag, head to Addendum, open for lunch Thursday through Saturday. A box of Keller’s famous fried chicken with two sides—easily enough to feed two people—costs less than $20.
At Gott’s Roadside (with two locations, one in St. Helena and the other at the Oxbow Market in Napa), a juicy cheeseburger and fries clocks in under $15. At Dean and Deluca, a hearty, made-to-order sandwich costs around $10, and if the Tacos Garcia food truck is parked in the Pancha’s parking lot in Yountville, you can score a filling and delicious burrito for even less.
Lunch in hand, make a reservation at Whitehall Lane, Alpha Omega, Pine Ridge, or Dutch Henry for a picnic after wine tasting. Or, head to the onsite deli at V. Sattui to procure provisions before joining the crowds on their expansive picnic grounds (outside food is not allowed).
When it comes to dinner, the early bird catches the happy hour discounts. Downtown Napa’s Carpe Diem Wine Bar serves up $3 tacos, $10 flatbread, and $7 glasses of their wine of the week during happy hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Nearby, Torc offers bar snacks like deviled eggs or a short rib quesadilla for under $5, along with drink specials, Wednesday through Monday from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.