Napa Flats Neighborhood Eatery Serves Great Wood-Fired Food Consistently
This north-side neighborhood eatery is known for its fresh, flavorful, home-made dishes cooked in their wood-fired kitchen. Napa Flats looks and feels like a quaint restaurant in California’s wine country and offers cuisine with a modern Italian flair. From the moment you drive up to this rustic styled rock building with large terra cotta planters and lush greenery, you feel warmly welcomed. The inside of this neighborhood eatery continues the welcoming feel with nouveau Italian furnishings which compliment the menu while creating an engaging ambiance with large windows for lots of natural light and an open kitchen where guests can watch all the action. Wine on tap also offers the California winery feel with a glass of wine with wine-by-the-bottle quality served at the perfect temperature to enhance the taste. Juan Gonzalez, managing partner, along with the entire staff of the San Antonio location, will make you feel right at home.
On my visit today I wanted to try a dish that I have heard quite a bit about, the Wood-Fired Avocado. What a delicious piece of art! Two avocado halves grilled just a bit to get them warm then filled with a home-made chimichuri sauce which had a nice robust herb flavor. All this was sitting atop a bed of fresh corn salsa and served with corn chips. A California twist to guacamole.
I couldn’t decide on a cocktail or wine, so I combined both and had a the refreshing Napa Flats Red Sangria. This yummy concoction was filled with lemons, limes, cherries, apples… oh so much fruit. A mixture of merlot wine, Jameson Irish Whiskey, and fruit juices, it was a good drink to both cool down and relax with. And an added bonus, it was very photogenic!
My pasta dish was a ravioli stuffed with spinach, kale, ricotta and mozzarella cheese in a creamy mushroom and shallot wine sauce. A spectacular dish even if you don’t like spinach or kale (I do like them both by the way)! Add a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese and it’s “Amore”.
So for the meat dish, I went a little off the beaten path with the Pork Tenderloin Milanese. It was actually more akin to a schnitzel since it was breaded then fried to a crispy goodness in olive oil. But being topped with an argula, tomato, red onion and mozzarella salad gave it more of the California/Italian flair you would expect here. Very fresh, flavorful and light. It was served with a balsamic reduction to pour over the top for a little zest!
For dessert it was suggested we have the Banana Crumble. The pastry chef here makes up desserts fresh everyday, so beware, when they are gone, they are gone. The Banana Crumble takes slices of bananas and fries them in a brown sugar orange sauce and lets them caramelize, then adds some toasted pecans and tops it with oat crumble topping which is heated in a cast iron skillet until golden and crunchy. But that’s not all. Add a scoop of house-made vanilla gelato and then drizzle it with caramel sauce. Yeah, that about does it and it will do you in. Thank goodness I had someone to share it with.
Come into this neighborhood eatery for lunch with the girls or for supper with the family. Something good is always firing up on the grill. Enjoy al fresco dining on the lovely patio for a romantic evening.
You can also join friends at the new Bar Napa for a wine flight or one of their signature cocktails before dinner.
**Full Disclosure: I received dinner in exchange for my review. All opinions in this post are totally mine.
Location: 1301 N Loop 1604 W, San Antonio, TX 78258
Phone: (210) 504-2555
Monday – Thursday 11:00am to 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday 11:00am to 11:00pm
Sunday 11:00am to 9:30pm