Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Napa: Where to Eat

I guess a better question would be, where NOT to eat! There are so many 5 star restaurants in the Napa Valley, you might never find a bad one. On our day in Napa, we had a hard time deciding where to go. We decided that Bistro Jeanty would be perfect: casual, but brilliant, authentically prepared country French food.

Opened in 1998 by chef Philippe Jeanty, Bistro Jeanty has been receiving accolades ever since. Philippe Jeanty came to the U.S. from Epernay, France in 1977 and hasn't looked back. And lucky for us! He arrived here to open the Chandon Restaurant with a team of French chefs. But after many years of perfecting his skills in classic French Haute Cuisine, he decided to open Bistro Jeanty to quench his thirst for the simpler country version of French food.

The restaurant has received a Michelin star each of the last three years, as well as other numerous awards. Yet you would never feel out of place in this charming, so-not-stuffy bistro.

OK, before we go any further, click here to listen to some music to put you in the mood. Then come right on back!

Here is what we had:

My friend Leanne had the Salmon Carpaccio and a Beet and Orange Salad. The Carpaccio was melt in your mouth, and the beets delicate and delicious.

Mine was a mouth watering leek tart with a Porcini mushroom reduction. I also had the Hericots Verts Salad, perfectly seasoned with just a hint of crunchiness.

And Lise had the Salade Nicoise and Frites. The Butter Lettuce was firm and perfect. The artichoke hearts, tomatoes and anchovies tasty and fresh, With the light dressing of EVOL and lemon good! And the Frites? Well....let's just say there were no leftovers.
If you have not already perused the website by now, please take a moment to visit. The website is just as charming as the restaurant! You can see menus,( which change daily...I can see that what we had is no longer on the menu), and learn more about Chef Philippe Jeanty.
I hope you all have a chance to visit in person next time you are in the Napa Valley!!
Tomorrow: Dessert!!!


Callie Grayson said...

mmm, i love eating really good french bistro faire.
I hope to plan a trip to Northern California soon, and this should be on my list of go to's.

The front of the bistro looks lovely with the flowers, shutters and awnings. were you able to photograph inside???
really like the basket on the bike full of flowers:) makes me smile

Tricia Mitchell said...

The food looks AMAZING. I'll add this restaurant to my favorites so that I'll remember for my next visit to Napa.

Tricia - Avolli

Mrs. Blandings said...

Salad Nicoise and Frites is possibly the most perfect lunch. I love that you took pictures of your meals!

Jaime said...

Yum- all these meals look delish! I wouldn't be able to decide. I love the outside of the restaurant too.

Jaime said...

Yum- all these meals look delish! I wouldn't be able to decide. I love the outside of the restaurant too.

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

I wonder....why am I hungry now??

Love that Amelie music!!

alengirl said...

This is one of my favorite restaurants in Napa! Next time try the Tomato Soup Encroute, it's the best tomato soup I've ever tried. Looking forward to my next trip to Napa, thanks for the memories!

High-Heeled Foot in the door said...

Yummy. I loved visiting Napa last summer thanks for taking us on your trip!

Renae said...

Enjoy every last is so much fun to dine at fun restaurants while on vacation! Mmmmm, I can almost smell all of the aromas!

lizawiza said...

That bistro couldn't be more precious from the front! Adorable.

The Lil Bee said...

This looks absolutely delicious! I have never been to Napa, though I am determined to go sometime within the next year. Thank you for this great little guide!

Marie said...

Those frites look perfect and I love the front of that bistro, precious is right.

Cheri Peoples said...

OK now I am hungry.

Come by for my GIVE-A-WAY this week by 10 pm Fri.
and then check out our newest addition.


le banc moussu said...

I love everything around this blog and as a French I can tell you that those Frites look great.
It's evening now in Paris and time for a glass of rosé of provence wine
Cheers et à bientôt

pillow mint said...

thank you, thank you! for this post!!

TV Stand said...

The tart is the devil in disguise. It just looks too inviting.