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