I’ve been in Napa for the past week attending the Symposium for Professional Wine Writers which was held at the lovely Meadowood Resort. Now I’m on my own, staying at the much less posh but very convenient El Bonita in St. Helena. It’s easy to walk to the heart of the town for eating and drinking options from this hotel. And very nice to be able to enjoy some food and drink outdoors while the sun is shining. Even in February. (Forecast calls for 70 degree and sunny weather.)
Here’s one place for tacos and a spot for a cocktail while you’re in St. Helena. They are united by the welcome presence of fresh lime juice.
Eat: Azteca Market and Taqueria, 789 Main Street
A tiny grocery store with a small meat department where your tacos, burritos, and/or quesadillas are put together behind the case. Have your order delivered to you via the small window that joins Azetca to its patio. Ask for some (not pictured) hot red salsa. Cheap and delicious, these carnitas tacos will cleanse and enliven palates worn down by even the most massive Napa Valley Cabernets.
Goose & Gander, 1245 Spring Street
First, Goose & Gander has great food. I highly suggest eating here. But if you just want a cocktail in the afternoon, sitting out on the front patio set a couple blocks back from St. Helena’s main drag is ideal and idyllic. (If the weather is a little chilly, the downstairs bar is a cool spot.) The above cocktail is a blend of mezcal, maraschino liqueur, green chartreuse, and lime juice.
Ok, so you want some wine in St. Helena? Check out Corison Winery.