Alongside its vineyards, the Napa Valley boasts restaurants celebrated for their pioneering spirit. Stroll through the memories of this region's mouthwatering eateries with tales of the enterprising women and risk takers who helped make Napa a foodie haven.
The Empire Saloon made history by being the first business to serve food in the fledgling city of Napa, and a little over a century later, the Magnolia Hotel set the standard for fine dining in Yountville.
The A-1 Café made Chinese cuisine a local favorite, and Jonesy's set the aviation community aflutter with its tasty special potatoes. Join author Alexandria Brown as she delves into the history of Napa County's gone-but-not-forgotten restaurants and their classic dishes.
Alexandria Brown grew up in Napa and lives in the North Bay with her pet rats and ever-increasing piles of books. She has a master's degree in library and information science and an MA in U.S. history.
She is a teen services librarian by day, a writer and reviewer by night and a local historian by passion. Her first book, Hidden History of Napa Valley, shares the stories of Napa's marginalized communities. Find her on Twitter (@QueenOfRats), Instagram (@bookjockeyalex) and her blog (bookjockeyalex.com).