Down-Home Cooking Comes Downtown

The CIA-trained chef-owner of Napa Valley Biscuits promises chicken and waffles, sweet tea, pulled pork and more Southern favorites at the former site of Frankie's Deli on Main Street.

Updated March 3: Napa Valley Biscuits is now open for business, according to co-owner Tara Lindley. For hours and contact information, please see Southern Eatery Opens on Main.

Got a hankering for good, homemade southern comfort food? If the answer is yes, mark your calendar for the end of this month.

That's the projected opening date for Napa Valley Biscuits, where chef-owner Curtis Lindley and his wife Tara will offer a menu aimed not only at filling your tummy, but also satisfying that craving for fried chicken and buttermilk biscuits like grandma used to make.

Napa Valley Biscuits has taken up residence at 1502 Main St., in the former , which closed last year.

Lindley is depending on his southern roots to make his new endeavor a success.

“When I was a kid, my grandfather owned and operated a fried chicken restaurant in east Texas. I remember being around the restaurant and watching my grandfather cook his special fried chicken and buttermilk biscuits. I want to recreate that feeling in my own restaurant — good homemade comfort food,” Lindley said.

There are many more affordable items on the menu, such pulled-pork sandwiches, chicken pot pies, fried chicken and waffles, fried green tomatoes, fried pickles and other Texas barbecued meals.

The prices are reasonable enough to bring the whole family along. A half chicken, buttermilk biscuits and all the fixings costs $10; a biscuit, egg and cheese sandwich is a steal at $4.50.

Lindley makes his own barbecue sauce, jams, ketchup and salad dressings.
“Everything is made from scratch right here at the restaurant,” he said. “It’s fresh daily, made with the top ingredients.”

Also on the menu are homemade root beer popsicles, red velvet cake and pecan pie. And no southern style meal is complete without Lindley’s own southern-style sweet tea.

“We will also have vintage sodas, such as Bubble Up and cream sodas,” he said.
At this time Napa Valley Biscuits will not serve wine or beer.

Lindley isn’t a newcomer to the culinary business: He is a graduate of Greystone Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena and has cooked at Napa Valley Solage, Go Fish and Martini House.

“I love to prepare high-end food, but I really want to get back to my roots. I want my place to be a comfortable, casual establishment where locals can gather and have an excellent, affordable meal,” he said.

The restaurant has inside seating and offers take-out as well.

Napa Valley Biscuits will be open Sunday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday hours are 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., and reopening for dinner from 5 to 9 p.m.

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Gary Thompson February 24, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Hey Louisa! Any word on when they are going to open? The paper is off the windows, but unfortunately, their last facebook post was all the way back in November!
Louisa Hufstader February 24, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Hey Gary, looks like they migrated from a Pages Facebook presence to a People page on Facebook ... if that makes any sense ... https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003125292730 March 3 is the date, a week from tomorrow "if all goes as planned" according to SFgate foodie blog.
Gary Thompson February 24, 2012 at 09:42 PM
Thanks Louisa! I was wondering why that happened! It's too bad they turned that into a Friends only style page - that's a big no no in the Facebook world!
Louisa Hufstader March 03, 2012 at 05:37 PM
They're open! I spoke with co-owner Tara at about 9:30 a.m. and she said Napa Valley Biscuits will be serving until "at least 4." Contact info: http://patch.com/A-rs07
Louisa Hufstader March 10, 2012 at 11:30 PM
Chef Curtis Lindley confirmed this afternoon that Napa Valley Biscuits has closed its doors in order to remodel and add capacity: http://patch.com/A-r2BF


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