Leaving Sequoia Grove Winery, I found myself on a mission for dinner. I originally desired to visit to Bouchon. However, nothing says “Not Today!” quite like a sign explaining that a restaurant is closed for the evening. Bouchon Bakery’s line was out the door, per usual. Plus, I wanted something to truly solidify my Napa Valley experience.
Enter Bistro Jeanty.
My first visit to Bistro Jeanty was in October of 2008. Eight years ago and deep into my 20s, I was bright eyed, single and enthralled with everything involving wine and Napa Valley. Likewise, my visit to Bistro Jeanty offered an overwhelming sense of (In my best NeNe Leakes’ voice) “I have arrived!” I distinctly remember the delicious richness of the Soupe a l’Oignon.
Cut to eight years later.
I began with a starter of the Creme de Tomate en Croute (tomato soup in puff pastry – recipe here) and the La Vie en Rose cocktail (Belvedere grapefruit vodka, st. Germain, grapefruit and lemon juice, served up with a float of sparkling wine). After a fierce internal debate between it and the Moules Sauce Poulette, I chose the Steak Frites for dinner. The grilled rib eye steak with fries and béarnaise sauce was pure perfection.
Humorously, my phone died in the middle of dinner. Appropriately, it was my phone that cock blocked me from my It’s-Super-Bowl-50-and-there-must-be-a-lovely-single-man-in-the-city inspired Tinder swiping. But, with the table to the right offering me complimentary tastes of their bottle of wine and the table to my left offering me SEO and blog marketing advice, I was in dining heaven.
Steak over Tinder.