In Yountville along Highway 29, Mustard’s Grill is one of Napa Valley’s best-known restaurants. It is a favorite among winemakers, locals and tourists. This year begins its 25th year of operation. Chef Cindy Pawlcyn opened Mustard’s in 1984 and now is involved with two additional restaurants, Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen and Go Fish, both in St. Helena. We have been to all three of these restaurants and enjoyed them all.
We tried Mustard’s for lunch last month and as usual we had a delightful meal and experience. Luckily, without reservations, we were able to get in around noon just before the lunch crowd arrived. By 12:30 the restaurant was packed.
What is special about Mustard’s is the friendly, jovial atmosphere that pervades the restaurant. Everyone seems to be having a good time including the servers, cooks, and bartender. It is a festive experience.
For lunch, we recommend the pulled pork sandwich with what Cindy Pawlcyn calls the “ooo-eee sauce.” The burgers are great and so is the seafood tostada, but our favorite is the pork sandwich. So much so that we purchased the Mustards Grill cookbook which has the recipe for the pulled pork sandwich, including how to make the “ooo-eee sauce. It is a lot of hard work so we much prefer going to Mustard’s Grill to order this fabulous sandwich. By the way, the Mustard’s Grill Cookbook is one that we use frequently. We highly recommend it for the gourmet cook who likes a bit of spice and flavors from different countries.
The Seafood Tostada
Mustards Grill is located just north of the main area of Yountville on Highway 29 on the west side of the road. It is a great place for lunch or dinner.
The Good: Great food, jovial and friendly atmosphere
The Bad: Can be crowded at times.