Food & Drink

French Blue Opens in Saint Helena

Wood fired and farm fresh in wine country

french blue restaurant opens!

French Blue opens in Saint Helena today. For the sake of your odometer, we’re breaking it down by the numbers. And trust us — it’s worth the mileage.

50: years the iconic blue doors have graced its entrance.
6,000: square feet of restaurant and retail designed by owner and architect Howard Backen and his interior designer wife, Lori.
3: meals a day (starting June 13) to drop in for pre-, mid-, and post-wine tasting.
1: former Jardinière and Carneros Inn chef using nearby farm ingredients to churn out rustic goodness from a wood-fired oven and grill.
17: items we can’t wait to mow (oven-baked blueberry souffle pancake with rhubarb maple syrup, fennel-cured salmon sandwich, English pea agnolotti).
8: seasonal cocktails (not including six breakfast options), like the cilantro margarita and cucumber Collins.
2: fireplaces by which to enjoy it all.
4: words — Cowgirl Mt. Tam omelet.

French Blue, 1429 Main Street, between Adams and Pine Streets, Saint Helena (707-968-9200 or frenchbluenapa.com).

Photo: Ashley Teplin / Courtesy of French Blue

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1429 Main St
bt Adams & Pine Sts
St Helena, CA 94574