MICHELIN Guide’s Point Of View
For a down-home (but still Napa-chic) alternative to the Cal-Ital wine country grind, follow your nose to this Long Meadow Ranch-owned farmhouse, whose intoxicating smoker is parked right in the front yard. The cathedral ceiling, old-school country music and boisterous locals give Farmstead a permanent buzz; for quieter dining, hit the front terrace. Dishes are laden with ranch-grown products (from veggies to olive oil), utilized in outstanding preparations like wood-grilled artichoke with sauce gribiche, meatballs with caramelized onions and tomato marmalade or a smoked chicken sandwich with avocado, sweet onion rings and a side of herb-fried potatoes. Try the ranch's own wine, or splurge on a fancy bottle at a shockingly reasonable markup.