So living and working in lovely little Napa allows me the flexibility to visit many different places and experience as much of the “Napa Valley experience” possible. Now I am a local girl, born and raised in this valley so I have watched it grow, change, evolve, progress, etc. I have many favorites over the last (cough cough) few years but one local establishment keeps me coming back for more. Carpe Diem Wine Bar which is run by Scott, Stephanie and Steve is by far one of the best run restaurants/wine bars in this valley, probably even the state. The friendly, inviting atmosphere will keep you coming back if it weren’t for the wine list, menu and fun environment.
Carpe Diem means “seize the day”,” eat drink and be merry” and the crew at Carpe have this philosophy nailed down to an artform. When you are greeted with a smile and a warm invitation to come in, settle down and enjoy a drink or more, you will have a most pleasant evening.
Now on a happy hour jaunt after work, sometimes a light truffle popcorn will do the trick. Or maybe the Filet Mignon Carpaccio which is a delightful flatbread that is decorated nicely with Point Reyes blue cheese, caramelized onions, capers, shishito peppers, seasonal greens, rosemary chimichurri. I am a huge blue cheese fan and when done right, it is delicious and this is one of my favorite items on the menu. Although on our most recent visit, we decided to be a little adventurous and dove in head first to the Ostrich Burger which again, incorporates the creamy brie cheese, cranberry, caramelized onion and cabernet reduction sauce on a toasted brioche bun,and is served with their trademark item, truffle fries. This was by far one of the best meals I have ever had there or anywhere else. Hats off to Scott for his creative genius in the kitchen.
When in Napa, you simply must stop by and visit the gang at Carpe Diem. You will not be disappointed! And check out their wine list! I didn’t even touch on that topic yet! Cheers!