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Satisfying Saturdays
GOTT’S ROADSIDE—Where Napa Insiders Grab A Burger

By Charles Olken

86 Gott’s Roadside 933 Main Street St. Helena California 94574 GOOD VALUE

There once was a drive-in restaurant on Highway 12 just south of St. Helena proper called Taylor’s Refresher.

The Taylors operated there from 1949 until 1999 when the Gott brothers, of the winemaking family Gott, leased the location and transformed a somewhat ramshackle place with reasonable drive-in food into a somewhat ramshackle place with burgers that are worth a drive by themselves. The Gotts also added a broader range of dishes, soups and high-falutin’ fast food like ahi tuna poke tacos and cobb salads to go along with the nine choices of burgers.

Yes, folks, our favorite luncheon place in the Napa Valley is a drive-in, although the carhops are long gone, that specializes in great burgers and classic milk shakes, French fries and onion rings, and has a wine list.

Don’t go looking for a glass of Zinfandel at your local Dairy Queen or Foster Freeze. The prices are not inexpensive for a burger joint and you have to sit outside or eat in your car, but if the sun is shining, even in winter when the temperature may not break 60 degrees and you need a coat, Gotts (still known as Taylors to the old-timers) is where you can rub elbows with winemakers and cellar hands, winery presidents and tourists of every stripe. And it the place where I have had more lunches than the rest of the Napa Valley’s famous restaurants combined.

There are now also outlets at the Oxbow Market in downtown Napa city and in San Francisco at the Ferry Building.


Gott's Roadside
933 Main Street
St. Helena, CA 94574
(707) 963-3486

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