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Take Me to Your Burger, Napa

Napans are passionate about their burgers, and everyone has a favorite.

My weekly search for the perfect Napa burger has turned up a wide variety of expert opinions, but this week  kept cropping up.

Winemaker Marbue Marke started it off with an enthusiastic thumbs up for Angele.

“Wow, tough question, but undoubtedly Angele. Best bun (usually a touch toasted but not noticeable), WONDERFUL meat, juicy but not wet, chewable but not chewy, enough flavor to not need ketchup,” says Marke.

“A wonderful all-around burger that always lifts my spirit. That, with a glass of champagne, and there you are. Hmm, this is making me hungry.”

Hairdresser Jen Thomas agreed wholeheartedly. “Angele’s is the best burger ever! I crave it!”

My husband also gave his vote to Angele. While I reserve my right to change my mind weekly, we do like to share an Angele burger with pommes frites on the side.

Marie Smith gave me some valuable information that I’m happy to pass on. “ has a fabulous burger on Tuesdays available only from their bar menu. Yummy!” (And not surprisingly, since we’re apparently going with a theme this week, she also mentioned Angele’s “delicious burger.”)

Kathy and Don Foulger are happily married but aren’t on the same page when it comes to burgers. Kathy likes and Don heads for when the mood strikes. Variety is the spice of life!

Donna Deweerd, thinking practically, responded quickly, “In and Out Burger," she said. "You can’t beat it for the price.”

And then there is Dan Newlan. On only my second week of the great burger search, I was wondering how long it would take to get here.  

“The best burger in town is mine.”

So when do we get an invite to the backyard barbecue, Dan?

Where do you go for your favorite Napa burger? Tell us in the Q&A. The challenge is on!

Tom Emmons June 11, 2011 at 10:37 PM
Great series, Julie! I'm taking notes. Sometimes I think, though, that the best burger in town is the one I'm eating at the moment.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) June 11, 2011 at 10:42 PM
Of course! And now there is a new entry in the lists: Paul and I recently sampled the burger at soon-to-open Kitchen Door and it was mighty fine indeed.
Terry Kent June 11, 2011 at 11:21 PM
Andies cafe of course!
Terry Kent June 11, 2011 at 11:27 PM
If your looking for a Napa Valley experience to go along with your burger -Farm at Carneros Inn with truffle fries, mixed greens and a glass of red wine out in the patio near the rectangular fire pit .
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) June 11, 2011 at 11:29 PM
Andie's was the inspiration for the burger series, back in January: http://napa.patch.com/articles/take-me-to-your-burger. Still a favorite, judging from all the comments!
Dan Monez June 11, 2011 at 11:42 PM
Previous suggestions are valid: In and Out best for price, Andies good with homemade flavor, Angeles and Carneros Inn for gourmet flair, but the best old fashion American no frills burger in Napa is Red Rock North. Now can someone PLEASE tell me where I can get a good old fashioned foot long hot dog??
Julie Weinstock June 12, 2011 at 04:19 PM
I totally get that. So many burgers, so little time.
Julie Weinstock June 12, 2011 at 04:20 PM
Looking forward to the opening of Kitchen Door-- and the burger, of course.
Julie Weinstock June 12, 2011 at 04:21 PM
We'll have to look into that. . .

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