It’s the Shake Shack of Napa Valley, and I say that in the most loving way. Out-of-towners, and even locals, wait on long lines in the hot California sun for a taste of the delicious burgers, fries, shakes and more. Like everything out West, all burgers are prepared with locally sourced ingredients and made to order. They don’t just stop with typical beef burgers, expanding their menu with high quality Ahi Tuna, chicken, and fresh salads, for those being a little bit healthier. Since, we’re in Napa, Gott’s Roadside offers a variety of local wines and beers.
The place seems modeled after an old school vintage eatery, with a white picket fence, red picnic tables, and simple signage.
The menu isn’t too crazy complex, but deciding what you exactly want always proves to be difficult, especially when metal trays filled with delicious, juicy burgers whiz past. Leigh and I decided to go a little bit lighter (and by lighter I mean no beef) ordering the Ahi Tuna Burger and a side of Garlic Fries. You order your food and drinks, and head to the side of the restaurant, waiting for the magical moment when your name is called. While you wait, you can pick up your drink with the bartender, enjoying a local Napa Valley Chardonnay in the hot California sun.
Finally that moment arrives when they shout your name loud and clear to the jealousy of everyone around you. We swept up our tray, requesting a side of the spicy aioli for dipping, and made our way to our seats along the white picket fence.
The burger was light and refreshing with the beautiful piece of raw Ahi Tuna absorbing all of the Asian flavoring. The bun is light and sweet, slightly toasted until the inside is a beautiful golden brown. A thin layer of the ginger-wasabi mayo binds the crunchy, and slightly spicy Asian slaw to the bun, allowing for a little bit in each and every bite. They definitely do not skimp on anything with this burger, especially the delightful and refreshing tuna.
On the side, the most crunchy beautiful container of fries soaks up the garlic butter with the parsley adding flavor instead of freshness. They’re rich, they’re ridiculous. And when dipped into the spicy aioli, they’re even more insane.
Gott’s Roadside lives up to the Napa Valley hype. It’s located on Main Street, situated right around some of the best vineyards in St. Helena. Stop here for lunch to get a boost of energy for the rest of a ridiculous day of wine tastings.
Gott’s Roadside – 933 Main Street – St. Helena, CA
Location: St. Helena, Napa, CA
Type: American (Traditional)
Perfect For: Neighborhood Hang, Quick Bite, Cheap Eats, Take Out,
Reservations: Not Accepted
Favorite Dishes: Ahi Tuna Burger, Garlic Fries