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French Blue: Lunching in St. Helena

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Before leaving Napa Valley last week, my brother and I were able to have lunch in downtown St. Helena. Annie P. gave us lots of suggestions, but we settled on French Blue – and I’m so glad we did!

The merchandise wall at French Blue

The decor of the restaurant is mostly white, with hard wood floors and some metallic accents. Most of the wooden tables are family style, with some private tables by the window and seating at the bar. There is also an outdoor patio, but we were advised by Annie P.’s mother not to sit there because there is an apparent fly problem (probably because of neighbors that have poor garbage habits). Al and I didn’t have a reservation, so we waited a few minutes before being seated at a shared table with two elderly ladies that were finishing up some delicious-looking french fries.

Seasoned French Fries with Aioli

After two days of consuming wine, we both opted for a beer with lunch. Al ordered a Steelhead and I had a Napa Smith Seasonal. It was delicious, and very refreshing. But by the time we got our appetizer, Al suggested we order off the BTG list for our entrees. He ordered a Chenin Blanc to go with his fish and I ordered a Cab-Grenache blend to go with my burger. When in St. Helena…

Fried butternut squash with feta dipping sauce (we already grabbed a couple before the photo was snapped)

The first course arrived and it looked amazing; fried butternut squash with feta dipping sauce. We gobbled them up pretty quickly, even though they were pretty hot. They look very fried in the photograph, but it was actually pretty light. The feta dipping sauce was fantastic and I must learn how to recreate it. As for our entrees, Al eagerly ordered the Wild Rainbow Trout with roasted potatoes, while I satisfied my red meat craving with a burger with melted Havarti, avocado and an heirloom tomato. We also decided to share a plate of fries after I was nearly salivating at the sight of the ones next to us.

Rainbow trout with roasted potatoes, bacon and greens

“Anything But Blue Burger” on a Dutch Crunch roll with an Heirloom tomato, Havarti and Avocado

All the food was delicious, and the service was timely and friendly. Our waiter was very knowledgeable of the menu and the wine list, and made a suggestion to which beer I should order. My burger was juicy and perfectly cooked (I requested medium), and the heirloom tomato added great flavor and texture. I tried a little of Al’s trout, and it was very tasty. He raved about it, even the next day. The dessert menu looked great, but alas Al is not a dessert person and I was too full to order an entire dessert by myself.

Thanks, Annie P. for the rec! Let’s go back here the next time you’re on this side of the pond. And we will get dessert.

About Kelsey

Kelsey is a food and wine lover residing in Napa, California, where she does marketing for a boutique wine collective. She previously lived in San Francisco for over six years, where her blogging journey began. She loves to cook seasonal meals and experiment with new wine pairings. She has been drinking and learning about wine with her father since she was 14, and cooking in the kitchen with her mother since she was 6. Both of her parents taught her well about seasoning and flavors, and she continues to learn more with every meal that is made.

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