9 American Canyon Restaurants To Refuel After A Day of Winery Tours

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While taking a break from winery and vineyard visits in the Napa area, an American Canyon eatery can provide the nourishment to keep you going. The restaurants in nearby downtown Napa are brilliant of course, but American Canyon’s affordable, family-friendly eateries will be in close proximity to your hotel, without the hustle and bustle of the big town. Here’s a gathering of local offerings for a range of palates, like authentic Italian fare, exotic Thai and Hawaiian barbecue, and roadside greasy spoons.

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Ristorante La Strada

This family-run traditional Italian restaurant is just a few minutes from downtown Napa and boasts an array of Italian dishes from across the boot—fresh seafood, hearty pasta dishes, and meat-centered secondi dishes fill out the menu. Pair your meal with one of the wines from stateside or the old world in a beautifully decorated, Italian-inspired dining room; white table clothes and frescos adorning the wall set the tone for a romantic dinner.

Insider Tip

In the mornings, Restorante La Strada offers a breakfast buffet—be sure to head to the omelet bar.

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Canyon Cafe

This cozy roadside diner in the heart of wine country dishes out generous portions at low prices for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Belly up to the counter or grab a booth to enjoy a home-cooked meal. The meatloaf is pretty famous at this old-school greasy spoon, and seasonal pies pair well with a cup o’ joe.

Insider Tip

Breakfast reigns supreme at this dive with bacon smoked in-house, hand-cut hash browns, and one of the best omelets in town.

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Thai Kitchen

This modest, family-owned Thai restaurant serves authentic cuisine rounded out by an array of curry dishes, rice, and noodle plates. Starting with the spring rolls is a good bet for the table (try the wonton soup); for large plates, the pumpkin curry is a tasty deviation from the norm, and standards like cashew chicken fill you up. Fair prices and sizable portions make it a popular place for locals to gnosh.

Insider Tip

Be sure to arrive early, there is typically a wait for tables during peak dining times.

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Mi Zacatecas Restaurante

Take a break from wine with one of Mi Zacatecas’ fresh agave margaritas or tropical pina coladas. Start with an order of freshly made chips and salsa, then dive into a long list of fresh seafood entrees (the enchiladas and tostadas are popular), massive burritos, and classic combo dishes. Fresh ingredients and from-scratch cooking add authenticity to this Mexican haunt.

Insider Tip

The tacos, in authentic pastor, asada, and carnitas styles, are a delight for the meat lover.

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Junction Brewery & Grill

Named for the Napa Junction railroad station built in American Canyon in the late 1800’s, Junction Brewery & Grill has a selection of 16 regional beers on tap (try the flight) and serves imaginative burgers, sandwiches (the Vietnam-inspired 12-hour French dip is slow-roasted and served on a French roll), and snacky bar food. The interior is decorated in reclaimed wood, giving the taproom a rustic and warm vibe.

Insider Tip

Try the Lombard Station Blonde, the brewery’s first beer, which is named after movie star and local Carole Lombard.

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Hilo Hawaiian BBQ

Enjoy a taste of the islands at Hilo, where you can sample dishes of fresh seafood platters and barbecue plates and classic Hawaiian dishes, such as spam with gravy and eggs. Plate lunches and dinners include simple-but-yummy sides like macaroni salad, rice, and vegetables. The menu prides itself on a generally healthy bent, making this casual island eatery an easy spot for varied palates sharing a table.

Insider Tip

Bringing a group? Consider ordering off the family meal menu, which is enough food to feed four.

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Highway 29 Cafe

Open for breakfast and lunch daily (except for Tuesday), this greasy spoon serves up comforting meals that’ll add some meat to your ribs. A retro-looking bar and mismatched coffee mugs adds to the down-home, quirky charm of this diner. The biscuits and gravy keep the locals coming back time and time again.

Insider Tip

After your meal, stretch your legs by taking a 4-minute walk to the Napa-Vallejo Flea Market, and open-air market open on Sundays.

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Crave Cafe

The cheerily adorned CRAVE is an Asian-fusion eatery that serves a mix of rice and noodle bowls (surf ’n' turf garlic and chicken pesto mac ’n’ cheese are a safe bet), along with burgers and sandwiches. The fries are super shareable, coming topped with toppings like kimchi, chili cheese, or spicy Asian pork.

Insider Tip

A meal isn’t complete without a glass of CRAVE’s refreshing Thai tea.

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