One month after our long weekend in Napa, I figured it was time I finish writing about the trip. Because, well, I may as well pretend I’m punctual at getting blog posts written these days, right?
During our last day in Napa, we went to lunch at Bistro Jeanty in Yountville. Matt and I had spent some time looking through menus and dog-friendly options, and ended up selecting this well-reviewed French restaurant. And if you’re looking to bring your dog along with you, their patio is pup-friendly! (Bonus: the staff brought a water bowl over for her to use and filled it with ice cubes in the heat.)
Making menu decisions was tough, but we ultimately decided on three appetizers to share at the table: the special heirloom tomato salad, the pate, and the rillettes de canard.
These tomatoes were so fresh and flavorful I could not get enough!
The country-style pate was wonderfully creamy and flavorful, and served with cornichons in an adorable little pot.
This is where the cornichons (tiny pickles) live before moving to my belly.
The rillettes were made with duck confit and goat cheese, which was a really interesting combination. I was a big fan of this dish and ate much more than my fair share.
When it came to ordering our entrees, we were all over the place on our options. My mom decided to go with the beet salad and the side of brussels sprouts.
Melodie ordered the quiche.
Neil opted for the coq au vin, along with the recommended buttered egg noodles (they should honestly just come together).
I snagged a bite of this, and it was phenomenal! There was so much flavor in the sauce. If it hadn’t been so hot outside, I may have considered ordering this for myself.
Matt and I decided to split the steak tartare and the side mac & cheese (made with gruyere cheese).
The steak tartare was quite good. Up until a week ago, I would have said it was the best I’ve had in California – but that’s an entirely new post on a fantastic new restaurant that opened in SF recently. Matt wasn’t as much of a fan of the dish as I was, but both of us have a hard time with steak tartare just because we miss Mintwood Place’s version so much – the touch of the crispy ends of fries is so key.
However, the mac and cheese was out of this world! The ham paired so well with the gruyere…it was the perfect amount of salt to cut through the flavor of the cheese. Loved this!
And then because we all have pretty big sweet tooths (teeth?) – that phrase does not work for multiple people – we ordered one of the raspberry dessert specials to split.
No recollection what this was called, but after seeing several tables order it, I knew I needed to try it. The combination of a cream filling with phyllo dough and raspberries will basically always win me over. And this was a major stand out in that category. I loved it! With the heat, it was perfectly refreshing at the end of a meal.
If you’re in the Napa area and looking for a great place to eat, give Bistro Jeanty a try. I really enjoyed it and wish I could go back soon.
Your Turn: Are you a fan of French food? Have you ever been to Bistro Jeanty?