The Norman Rose Tavern offers a casual atmosphere perfect for winding down after a whirlwind trip in Wine Country. Located across the street from the Andaz Hotel in downtown Napa, it is an easy option to grab some solid grub prior to our drive home to San Francisco.
As what seems to be our custom in Napa, we ordered a non-Napa wine to pair with our lunch. This Bokisch Tempranillo from Lodi was priced very reasonably with only a 33% markup from its retail value (typical restaurant markup is 2-2.5X):
Their menu offers such a variety of Pub and American comfort food that we had a difficult time converging on what we wanted to order. A salad option sounded really good, but so did the Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwich or some Fish and Chips. Our friendly waitress informed us that it is possible to add protein to any of their salads: the bay shrimps that were on special that day, fish filet or even fried chicken.
So we decided to get the Green Goddess Salad made with butter lettuce, watermelon radish and pumpkin seeds with fried chicken. The combination was perfect and really worked well together:
Instead of the Fish and Chips we selected the Pan Roasted True Cod Fish Sandwich. It was served with a caper mayonnaise, arugula and pickled red onions. The bun was soft and served as a great vehicle for the tasty fish. The arugula added just the right amount of bitterness to offset the sweet acidity of the onions:
We made sure to get some “chips” to go with our fish. They do have poutine-like “disco fries” that are served with sausage gravy and cheddar cheese, but we went for the plain salt and pepper original:
Norman Rose Tavern is a great option for casual dining with upscale takes on Pub food. With several televisions placed across the bar area, it’s also a great place to watch sports in Napa.