MICHELIN Guide’s Point Of View
Napa transforms into the French countryside via a meal at Bistro Jeanty, which serves rib-sticking favorites like coq au vin, boeuf Bourguignon and a sinfully rich milk-fed veal chop with chanterelle mushrooms and Camembert sauce. But California’s lighter side is here, too: a salad of silken smoked trout and frisée is garden-fresh, and daily specials highlight the best in local produce. The classic bistro accoutrements (yellow walls, wooden tables, framed retro posters) are present and accounted for, but there's an element of quirky fun here as well-from the flower-bedecked bicycle out front to the porcelain hens and hogs that dot the dining room. Like the flaky, caramelized and unmissable tarte Tatin, this is a gorgeous update on a classic.