Food & Drink

Goose & Gander Opens in Saint Helena

Rustic California fare and artisanal cocktails in wine country

goose & gander!

Mother Goose can have her rhymes. Our fairy tales involve food anyway. And wine country patios. And Scott Beattie’s cocktails.

Here begins the story of Goose & Gander, now enchanting Saint Helena.

Revived to its fabled glory, the 90-year-old bungalow (formerly Martini House) provides wine-tasting respite with three locales. A grand staircase leads to the newly renovated dining room with brown tufted leather booths and plentiful duck and goose paraphernalia. Enjoy Beattie’s mythic concoctions, complete with hand-cut ice and foraged ingredients, beside the stone fireplace in the basement bar; the lush garden patio promises koi pond-side dining come Memorial Day.

Chef Kelly McCown revives his haunt with rustic bar snacks (duck and chicken wings with fried pickles), apps (skillet-roasted prawns), and entrees (grilled coulotte steak).

The Goose Sundae delivers the happy ending.

The old bird would want it that way.

Goose & Gander, 1245 Spring Street, at Oak Avenue, Saint Helena (707-967-8779 or goosegander.com).

Photo: Courtesy of Goose & Gander

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1245 Spring St
@ Oak Ave
St Helena, CA 94574