With only an hour and a half drive from the Bay Area, Napa Valley is a great destination if you are looking to escape the hustling and bustling in the city and head straight towards wine heaven. As you drive by, you'll notice all the wineries and restaurants and with so many options, how can you narrow it down? Featuring Gott's Roadside, a classic restaurant in St. Helena, this is one burger spot you want to add to your list!
Gott's Roadside [933 Main St, CA-29, St Helena, CA 94574]
I've been to Napa quite a few times since I have a wine membership and always drive by a huge line at Gott’s Roadside in St. Helena no matter what time or day. I decided to try their burgers one day and honestly I can see why this is one of the best-rated restaurants in Napa! The line might seem daunting but it actually goes by rather quickly and I was able to order in no time. If you would like to avoid the lines, I would call ahead or place an order on their website to schedule a time for pickup. They are handling COVID-19 pretty well since there is plenty of outdoor seating and you can sit down at the picnic tables under the beautiful trees. The exterior is an old-school drive-in burger joint and makes me reminisce of the olden times. It used to be called Taylor's Refresher and has been rebranded as Gott's Roadside.
I got the kimchi burger which has a fried egg, kimchi, cheese, bacon & spicy gochujang mayo on a toasted egg bun. Are you kidding me?! What an insane combo and I was surprised to find Korean flavors at an American burger spot. The gochujang was semi-spicy and provided a nice kick to the burger but the soft egg paired and combined with all the other flavoring definitely elevates the entire dish to the next level. I also tried their Texas avocado burger which has jack cheese, sliced avocado, pico de gallo, mayo, and jalapenos. They weren't kidding about the avocado and add a hefty amount (probably at least half a full avocado) to it. So far, everything I've tried has been at least an 8 - 8.5 out of 10 in my ratings.
Gott's is also known for their vegan Impossible burger and there have been many great reviews on how similar it tastes to a real meat burger. Not going to lie, I thought it tasted really similar to the In n Out cheeseburger but tripled the price point. The burger didn’t taste any different from a regular burger so it’s pretty cool to know that it’s vegetarian. If you have to choose any sides, make sure to order the garlic fries which are tossed with garlic butter and parsley. I'm sure anyone who has tried this will recommend this as one of the top items to get. This is exactly what garlic fries should taste like and does not taste like cheap french fries with only a few garlic cloves tossed in.
Besides burgers, they also serve beer and wine on tap. This is the perfect spot if you are looking for your next lunch or dinner spot or just a pitstop before your next winery tour and tasting. It is also down the street from V. Sattui and Prager winery so there are plenty of things to do once you are done eating. I hope this review was helpful and that you will try Gott's Roadside. By far one of the best burgers I've had and I am usually very picky about how my burgers are made. Give Gott's a try - you won't regret it!
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