New in California’s Napa Valley

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Catching up with the latest and greatest in California’s Napa Valley. Like a fine wine, the Napa Valley itself gets better with age. I’m lucky enough to call California Wine Country home, and regularly keep tabs on new stuff on both sides of the Mayacamas Mountains. Here’s a rundown on some of the newest places to eat, taste, and relax in the Napa Valley.

Cairdean Vineyards
Cairdean Vineyards


Heritage Eats

The slogan at Heritage Eats, the Napa Valley’s newest eatery, says it all: “Slow and steady wins the taste.” This means food here is prepared slowly, with love, and it’s nothing if not flavorful.

Normally, one might expect food prepared “slowly” to take forever to prepare. In this case, however, Chef Jason Kupper has developed a fast-fine food concept—think cafeteria-style line kitchen with the kind of food that makes you moan and groan in delight. Kupper builds his menu around “Heritage Breed” proteins that hail from animals farmed sustainably (and in many cases, organically). Most of the produce he uses comes from a 50-mile radius of the restaurant (which is on the north side of town).

The best part: Both Kupper and his wife work the kitchen and the line.

The menu itself has a global theme. The crispy falafel pita sandwich comes with house-made harissa. The Jamaican Bao sandwich comprises Jamaican-style jerk chicken on house-made steamed bao buns. There’s a chicken tikka masala wrap inspired by street food from Mumbai. And my personal favorite, the cowboy steak wrap, is spiced with house-made barbecue sauce (and can include waffle fries).

No, the food at this joint isn’t fancy. But that’s exactly the appeal. In a destination where it’s tough to find good food at casual prices, Heritage Eats stands alone.


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