Thursday, February 18, 2010

Farmstead Restaurant in St. Helena

Last weekend we went to Farmstead Restaurant at Long Meadow Ranch in St. Helena for lunch. We had two reasons to go there. One, was for lunch. (duh) The restaurant had just opened the day before so we wanted to check it out. The second, was to check out the cushions Pollin's had made for their patio to see how they looked.

Everything was fantastic - the lunch and the cushions! I highly recommend it for lunch or dinner. If you go at lunch you can check out their flower and plant nursery and visit with their sweet chickens. If you go in the evening you can hang out at one of their awesome bars. They have one inside and one outside.

They have an amazing wine list. They serve their own Long Meadow Ranch wine and other wines along with a full bar (I think.) We each had a glass of Cab with lunch and it was quite tasty.



Looks pretty comfy, huh?

This is the place to have a glass of wine and hang out. That is a bar at the far end. I wonder if you can reserve a rocker?

The food is really, really good. The flavor of the food is so fresh and tasty because they use the freshest, farm-stand vegetables available. You'll wonder why all restaurants don't do this. It will be one of the those meals that you just savor every bite and look forward to the next visit.

Plus the decor is really cool inside and out. The attention to detail with the light fixtures and the use of wood and granite and metal is very rustic yet contemporary at the same time.





View from our dining table looking into the garden/nursery.

We started out their their cheesy biscuits which were so light and fluffy we couldn't stop eating them.  Then we had the beef special of the day - Grass-Fed Sirloin steak with Chimichurri sauce, crispy potatoes and a salad made of watercress. ooooooooooooooh so good. The steak was so tender it was like cutting butter. I couldn't eat the whole thing, probably because I had too many biscuits, so I have some yummy leftovers. Woo hoo! Of course we couldn't leave without dessert. We shared a piece of Meyer Lemon pie. Which was really, really good. It had home-made graham cracker crust, meringue, sweet and tangy lemon, mmm, mmm, mmm. I didn't get a picture. You'll just have to trust me.

This place is going to start getting really busy, so I highly recommend making a reservation.

How many restaurants have fresh flowers and vegetables right outside the window. And the cutest chickens? And yes, spring is here in Northern California. Come on out! The flowers are blooming and it's a beautiful thing.





Farmstead Restaurant and Winery at Long Meadow Ranch
738 Main Street (next door to Tre Vigne)
St. Helena, CA 94574

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