Napa, California Restaurant Reviews

Restaurant Name: Angéle Restaurant

Cuisine: French

Celiac Safe? Yes

Accommodates ALL allergens? Yes; limited options for some but fully safe

Impressions: Though few options for someone with shellfish allergies, they did a beautiful job preparing a gorgeous from-scratch french meal of chicken coq-au-vin with the most divine whipped potatoes. An unassuming exterior reveals a beautiful interior with staff that is extremely willing to dedicate time and energy to preparation and understanding of any food allergy need–and delivery of a dish that was very flavorful and perfectly safe. What more could you ask for?

 

Restaurant Name: Hurley’s Restaurant

Cuisine: Californian/American/Mediterranean-Inspired

Celiac Safe? Yes, with gluten free menu {owner’s child has celiac/food allergies!}

Accommodates ALL allergens? Yes

Impressions: Without a blink of an eye, every single allergy will be flawlessly accomodated at Hurley’s for a perfect meal. Our waiter was extremely kind and practically had every ingredient {both in the literal dish and the preparation–important for those of us who cannot have specific oils that appear in odd places!} memorized for every menu item and wanted nothing more than to give me a safe and tasty experience. He returned to the table after we’d begun to ensure that the food was flavorful enough, which is always so appreciated! I had a Moroccan Vegetarian Tagine that night that I can only hope to semi-replicate at home.

 

Restaurant Name: Torc

Cuisine: American “with global influences”

Celiac Safe? Yes

Accommodates ALL allergens? Yes

Impressions: I have never had chicken as good as the chicken I consumed at Torc. Yes, I went there– bold declaration. As soon as you sit down at Torc, place the order for the chicken that will take 45-60 minutes, order some appetizers, and wait for it. It’s worth it. With a jumble of high-end touches with comfortable diner-esque checkerboard napkins and other such bits, Torc is a unique atmosphere that is entirely welcome. I started with the tuna tartare {sans toast} and some brussel sprouts {they were in brown butter–who could deny?!} + mushrooms and then the 3 of us traveling shared the chicken {though listed for 2, is plenty for 3 people}. It is served with fennel and the flavors are stunning. Do not miss this place, nor this chicken. Seriously, folks.

 

Restaurant Name: Auberge du Soleil

Cuisine: Fine Dining; global cuisine

Celiac Safe? Yes

Accommodates ALL allergens? Yes

Impressions: *Important Note: this dining experience was a gift for many recent occasions that I have been greatly looking forward to, as the foodie you all know. If you have a special reason to indulge in dining, come here or to any of the little spots tucked away in pockets across the globe.*  The food I consumed here is barely able to be described in words. Three courses, one of which is usually dessert though replaced by a third food course due to difficulty in providing a “unique and special” dessert course that would be safe for my allergy profile, graced the table with a vast array of spices, proteins, produce, and decorative elements.  Auberge du Soleil deserves the endless awards and accolades that are given to it each year — and the chef has created a menu that is extremely conducive to all food allergies without extraordinary changes in the food profile. Photos do better justice, though still cannot fully capture this culinary experience. Feel free to reach out to me for more information about this one– I’d be happy to talk about it endlessly!

Brianna

The girl behind A Different Survival Guide. Known on social as breezygfreezy.

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