The Fremont Diner: a hidden lunch gem in the Carneros region

About a 15-minute ride from The Inn On First, a luxury Napa Bed and Breakfast Inn, is a small restaurant called The Fremont Diner.  Don’t expect cloth tablecloths or napkins.  Look for wooden tables, picnic tables outdoors in the afternoons, and a small counter that overlooks the kitchen (my favorite spot).  It has its own ambience of being homey and very, very down to earth.  Ribs, chicken, steak, homemade biscuits, grits, pecan pie, pumpkin pie.  This is diner food with upscale southern roots: chicken and waffles, mac and cheese, baked beans, collard greens, sweet potato fries, fried brussel sprouts.  And expect it to be crowded.  The word has been out on this place for awhile.

We sat at the counter as we wanted to watch all the action. While there we watch the pastry chef put together a pecan pie, and then chocolate chip cookies, and a bourbon-glazed pound cake.  It’s a wide open kitchen and gives you access to what they are doing.    This is a great lunch spot and we would recommend it to anyone who is spending time in the Carneros region that crosses both Napa and Sonoma borders.  It’s open from 8 am to 3 pm every day, and is open for dinner Thu-Sat, until 9 pm.  Visit their website for more information:  http://thefremontdiner.com.

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