Restaurants offer diners both a delicious reprieve from the kitchen and a secure environment that makes it virtually impossible for the dish to run away with the spoon. Keep your eating implements obedient with today’s Groupon: for $17, you get $35 worth of wine-country cuisine and non-alcoholic drinks at 20nine Restaurant & Wine Bar.
20nine's executive chef Stefan Bowers forges an eclectic menu of fresh seasonal dishes that dazzle taste buds with eclectic flavor profiles. The piquant bouquet of Berkshire pork cheek tostadas braised in ancho chili ($15) keeps taste buds off guard. Jalapeño-beef pizza rises from its oven bed to challenge chompers’ cocksureness with naturally leavened dough and Angus flat iron steak kissed with the spiciness of a samba pileup ($18). A thoughtfully presented array of entrees includes the seared Atlantic salmon in blackberry-pinot-noir sauce, which arrives ruling over an endearing kingdom of wild rice and candied pecans ($26). Edna Lewis’ Very Good chocolate cake keeps watch over a dulcet flock of vanilla bean chantilly as alertly as Little Bo Peep's parole officer ($8). The restaurant, whose namesake highway runs through Napa Valley, is the stylish home of a chandelier of wine glasses and a 12-foot fountain that babbles soothingly to patio diners.
20Nine Restaurant and Wine Bar
Executive Chef Jerry Toomey’s seasonal menus of duck, salmon, and steak dishes are each constructed with a complementary wine pairing in mind. Protein-packed entrees share plate space with such sides as gruyere scalloped potatoes, creamy polenta, and braised chard. The kitchen staff also festoons sourdough pizza crusts with meatballs, eggplant, and sun-dried tomato pesto. Xenophiles can enjoy more than 60 wines by the glass, 300 wines by the bottle, and one wine by the wheel barrel from locales that include California, Spain, and Germany.