The Oxbow Public Market in downtown Napa is more than a place to grab a quick bite or specialty ingredients for your own culinary masterpiece. It’s a daily destination for people who love great food and delicious beverages and believe in sustainability. It’s also a gathering place for “wine and dine” events, book signings, happy hours, and live music. It’s fun, fabulous and a must the next time you’re in Napa Valley. Here is a little local insight into this Napa landmark.
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The market spans 40,000 square feet along the Napa River. Its open-concept design includes what was once a 1930s tire store and garage. The market is home to 22 merchants that include food and wine vendors, restaurants, and more. The focus is on sustainable local foods and food products, and you can explore the market seven days a week (except Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day). While most vendors are open from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., you’ll want to check the website for details about Oxbow Market hours.
This big market with a friendly vibe has become known as a foodie haven in Napa, California. It’s full of local treats and lovely spaces in which to hang out and enjoy them. Embark on your own food journey at the Oxbow Public Market to discover regional specialties from some of Napa Valley’s finest and most creative merchants.
Hog Island is one of the best seafood restaurants you’ll find in the region. They serve some of the best oysters in the Bay Area; they’re fresh from their farm on nearby (and namesake) Hog Island. Savory entrees of oysters and other shellfish are accompanied by salads and small plates celebrating the delicious produce from local farmers and fisherman. Visit Hog Island Oyster Bar for a taste of both the land and sea.
You don’t want to miss chef and owner Catherine Bergen’s take on Latin cuisine with house-made tortillas stuffed with chili-rubbed rotisserie meats, fresh salsas, and unexpected sides. Everything is made with fresh and local ingredients from throughout Napa Valley and the Bay Area, and it’s so delicious, you probably won’t notice that it’s also healthy. Enjoy food that is good and good for you with a C Casa Napa twist.
Local, seasonal, and handmade are emblazoned on the restaurant’s sign, so you’re sure to leave satisfied after your ingredient-driven meal of classic comfort foods. When you step through the Kitchen Door you’ll be overcome by the comforting smells of a wood-fired rotisserie, and will be further intrigued by the forager’s menu of local mushrooms and other great finds from the fields of Napa.
When you’re in the mood for pizza, there are few places in Napa Valley better than Ca’ Momi where piping hot traditional Napoletana-style pizza is served. Each mouthwatering bite includes a delectable thin crust topped with whole fresh ingredients and tossed into a wood-fired oven for a quick torching. The taste is so authentic, you’ll think you’ve traveled to Italy!
When visiting the area you’ll be inundated with wine tastings and, along the way, you may just want to find a break from the vintages and try something else. The Napa Valley Distillery serves locally made spirits from their micro-distillery. You can taste small-batch craft spirits including vodka, single malt scotch, and prohibition era cocktails at the Napa Valley Distillery.
For a sweet treat any time of day, don’t miss the downtown chocolate factory whose specialty goods are known throughout the country. Grab a truffle or a sack of caramels, brittles or chews. Anette’s Chocolates actually has two locations. The second shop is just 5 blocks away.
Another great dessert option is a fresh cupcake by Kara. Serving every variety you could dream of, you can also order them in advance if you are in town celebrating something special. Kara loves to incorporate local produce into delicious treats.
Since we’re talking about sweets, there’s another great spot at the Oxbow Public Market to satisfy your cravings. Get all the scoop at Three Twins Ice Cream and indulge in flavors like Madagascar vanilla, lemon cookie, mint confetti, brownie batter chunk, or Dad’s cardamom!
Coffee is the perfect pick-me-up when you’re exploring Napa’s culinary treasures. Stop by Ritual Coffee Roasters for a strong cup of coffee or a custom latte.
Begin this gastronomic experience by selecting your own fresh steak directly from the butcher shop meat case. Then, enter the Five Dot Ranch and Cookhouse and sit down to enjoy your hand-selected steak served with two delectable sides. All of the beef served at the Cookhouse comes from their family-owned ranch in Northern California where its cattle are raised to graze on open ranges and without antibiotics or added hormones. Peruse the menu for other Five Dot specialties including sandwiches and hearty side dishes.
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