Yountville, California lies between Napa and Saint Helena along the highway 29. It is known for its outstanding restaurants, a quaint downtown square, and some great boutique hotels. One of the better known places to eat besides French Laundry, is the Bouchon Bistro and its sister brick and mortar Bouchon Bakery. It’s one of those places you can stop eat breakfast at the bakery, have a lunch at the bistro and then go back again to the bakery for an afternoon treat (another level of indulgence).
The restaurant showcases French bistro style food with touches of fine dining. The quaint bistro takes you back into the streets of Paris, where bistro tables line the outside patio and the inside has classic French decorations. Besides their awesome food they also offer “fruits de mer” also known as food from the ocean such as their well known oysters on the half shell. If you find yourself in the area, this is a must stop for an afternoon bite or even their infamous weekend brunch.
My personal taste always goes for a traditional bistro item like a moules-frites (steamed mussels with fries) or even a tarte flambee, but Bouchon has some better twists on food. One of my favorite dishes they serve up is their croque-madame, it’s a perfect brioche toast with an egg on top served with their excellent fries. Another great dish is their goat cheese salad that is a fresh side to any of their heavier dishes. Of course all of their dishes are an excellent choice, so don’t be afraid to venture out and try something new.
Of course you have probably indulged yourself on at least 3-4 courses from the Bistro, but save some room for the Bakery. Grab an iced latte and literally anything in the glass case. Of course grab some pastry items for the next morning’s breakfast but get at least one thing fresh. Their macaroons are amazing along with their fresh fruit tarts.
Bouchon is one of those places to not miss while in the area, stop either at the Bakery or the Bistro for a great indulgence in outstanding food!