Thursday, February 11, 2010
It was a very rainy night, and the only thing that kept our spirits up driving far up the Silverado Trail was knowing that the large fireplace in the handsome dining room at Solbar was waiting to warm us, and that we’d soon be enjoying Brandon Sharp’s food. (more…)
From Nancy D. Brown of What a Trip
Which came first, the chicken or the egg? At Solage Calistoga’s Solbar restaurant, there is no doubt that Lily’s Eggs came first. In fact, Lily’s Eggs are so popular in this Napa Valley town that they have their own Facebook Fan page, as does Solage Calistoga. (more…)
For the fourth consecutive year, the French Laundry in Yountville has earned a rare three stars from Michelin, a name synonymous with fine dining in Europe. Thomas Keller’s restaurant in Yountville tops the ratings for Michelin’s 2010 San Francisco Bay Area & Wine Country Guide, which is being released today. (more…)
“Who says the food at a spa resort has to be plain and boring? The menu at Solbar is lusty and full-flavored, with hearty pizzas, short ribs and other substantial fare, and emphasizes organic ingredients. Menu items not to be missed include mini-burgers stacked with bacon, cheddar and onions, and “lucky pig,” a small build-it-yourself buffet of slow roasted pork, lettuce cups and sesame crepes with pickled pineapple and Mongolian peanuts. The cavernous dining room has a chic country fell and can get a bit noisy at times. The wine list has a modest 200 offerings of mostly California wines, but they’re wisely selected.”
Imagine a resort and restaurant whose design invites you to relax and soothes you with its simplicity. Hold that thought and you have a mental picture of Solage, the new sleek, chic resort in Calistoga.
Solbar, its full bar and dining room, is open to the public so you don’t have to imagine any longer.
Howard Backen Architects of St. Helena designed the place. If one end of the design spectrum is Pat Kuleto’s energetically elaborate restaurants (Martini House in St. Helena is a prime example), the Backen approach is the other end: minimalist to suppress hustle and bustle, relaxing because of its artful, satisfying proportions. (more…)