Cuisine Inspired by California Flavors with an Italian Flair at Napa Flats
Where can you take a client to lunch or dinner after hours to get great food? Napa Flats! It’s a place to get a good wood-fired steak and a cocktail. A place to unwind at the end of the day but has really good food at the same time. A place with al fresco patio dining for date night. And it’s also just a good place to take the family that has something everyone will love.
Napa Flats is that place and more. Here you will find some of the best scratch cooked meals cooked to perfection in an open kitchen over a wood-fired grill in a refined yet casual atmosphere. Whether it’s a perfect artisan salad, a hand cut wood-fired steak, a homemade hand tossed pizza or fresh made pastry and gelato, it’s all here.
To start off the evening, let’s indulge in one of Bar Napa’s six new signature cocktails. Just right for the early days of summer is the Sandia made with fresh summer watermelon. Add Chopin Vodka, St. Germain, agave nectar and lime juice and the evening is kicking off to a great start. The Pepino with it’s diced cucumber, mint syrup, Patrón Tequila and lime juice is also going to be a hit this summer when things heat up here in Texas. But there are four other new signature drinks to suite everyone’s taste buds so check them all out.
The pizzas here are a nice 12″ size which makes a good appetizer for two or entree for one. As I mentioned, they are hand stretched and tossed, then layered with scrumptious fresh ingredients in unique yet yummy combinations that will make your tummy happy. Take for instance the Truffle & Date pizza with prosciutto, dates, mozzarella, red onion, and white truffle oil. Mama Mia! Or support a good cause today and please the kids at the same time with the Ham & Pineapple Pizza. A percentage of the proceeds from the sale of this pizza benefits the Texas Lion’s Camp, a summer camping facility that’s dedicated to serving children from Texas with physical disabilities, Down Syndrome, cancer and Type I diabetes.
A lunch favorite of the ladies, myself included, is the Asian Salad, one of those artisan dishes I mentioned because this dish is eye candy yet filled to the rim with healthy things. Red Napa cabbage, baby Kale, carrots, mango, cilantro, a sprinkling of peanuts and lo mien noodles, all brought together with a sesame ginger dressing. Topping this with fresh grilled salmon or sesame crusted tuna is the icing on the nutritional chart. No diets broken here. Add a nice glass of white wine on tap and yes, it’s lunch with the gals.
I might mention here that Napa Flats not only has a stellar wine selection by the bottle, they also have an 8-tap wine dispenser that offers a complete line-up of high quality wines by the glass. This means you get a great glass of wine at a really great price. Not sure what one to choose, try one of their wine flights. This way you get four glasses of wine at an even greater price. I tried the “A Little Bit of Everything Red” flight for $15 which included a Mark West Pinor Noir, Diseno Malbec, Trouble Maker Red Blend and Simi Cabernet, which if bought by the bottle would cost $30-$48 . Now that’s a bargain.
Now let’s get to the meat err…pasta of the meal. The entree tonight was a scrumptious Short Rib Ragu. Served over a fettuccine that almost looked like Pappardelle, this slow braised short rib cooked in red wine, with carrots, onions, celery and tomatoes with savory herbs was out of this world. This had to be a recipe handed down from someone’s grandmother.
Save room for dessert! Napa Flats has a pastry chef that makes desserts fresh daily and they have a tasty selection to choose from. The chocolate Tarts are mini pastry cups filled with luscious, rich chocolate topped with fresh whipped cream and dark chocolate chips. Yum!
And the Cannoli, the delicate fried pastry shells filled with a sweet ricotta cream, are so light and creamy you will be tempted to eat more than one. Be forewarned, these Italian favorites are very popular so you may want to tell your server to reserve some as soon as you are seated so you aren’t disappointed.
They also have homemade gelato made fresh everyday. Some flavors are seasonal, others are always on the menu. They say their gelato is made from milk from happy Texas cows. I am a big fan of gelato and happy cows, so I’m already planning to come back here for gelato and espresso some afternoon.
**Full Disclosure: I received dinner in exchange for my review. All opinions in this post are totally mine.
Address: 1301 North Loop 1604 W, San Antonio, TX 78258
Phone: (210) 504-2555
Mon – Thurs 11am – 10pm
Fri – Sat 11am – 11pm
Sun 11am – 9:30pm