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Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen ****

 

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Cuisine: Northern California

Description & Atmosphere
Cindy Pawlcyn, a James Beard award-winning cookbook author, is the chef and owner of the delightful Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen. Many of you may already be familiar with Cindy's other highly successful Napa Valley "sister" restaurant — Mustards Grill.

This St. Helena "hot spot" is popular with locals and tourists alike. Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen has an upbeat, hip, yet casual atmosphere. Bright, airy and chic — it's the type of place that you'll no doubt want to keep coming back to again and again. It's the place to be!



Food
Cindy's food is sensational — the only downside being that the menu choices are so good, it's hard to know what to order. The eclectic and innovative menu reflects Cindy's wide-ranging culinary experience. All of the dishes we've tried are fabulous, including:

  • Spice-Rubbed Quails, Goat Cheese Polenta & Caramelized Onions (Cindy’s Favorite)
  • Grilled Rare Ahi Tuna, atop Peppery Greens, Spanish peanuts & Wasabi Tamari Vinaigrette
  • Wood Oven Duck, Crispy Potato Croquettes and Citrus Sauce
  • Incredible Mushroom Tamales, Creamy Grits and Chard with Yucatecan Salsa


Special Occasions
Cindy's is a great place to dine, especially if you're celebrating a special occasion or entertaining out-of-town guests. It's ideal for clients and VIPs too.

The restaurant features several dining rooms — a private loft upstairs works well for group events. Cindy's outside Patio area is ideal for al fresco dining. Its comfortable setting features a large wood-fired oven and a 100 year-old fig tree.

And Cindy's cool zinc bar/ lounge is great for cocktails and people-watching. Comfortable banquettes along the walls and counter seating offer additional dining options.

Hours
Nov 1 - Apr 30
Sun–Thurs 11:30am–9pm
Fri & Sat 11:30am–9:30pm

May 1 – Oct 31
Open daily 11:30am-9:30pm

Reservations
Reservations are highly recommended.

Special Wine & Food events take place each month.

Parking
Street parking

Service
Excellent

Prices
Moderately expensive

Directions & Google Map
From Napa, head north on Hwy 29 into downtown St. Helena. Turn right on Hunt Street. Turn left onto Railroad Avenue. Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen is on the left at 1327 Railroad Avenue, in St. Helena.


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More Info
Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen

1327 Railroad Ave
bet Adams & Hunt Streets
St. Helena
707-963-1200

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Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen, St. Helena, Napa Valley, California

Alana, Gill and Vaughan (and Barry) dining al fresco at Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen under the 100 year-old fig tree, St. Helena, Napa Valley, California

Spice-Rubbed Quails, Goat Cheese Polenta & Caramelized Onions (Cindy’s Favorite)

Grilled Rare Ahi Tuna, atop Peppery Greens, Spanish peanuts & Wasabi Tamari Vinaigrette

Wood Oven Duck, Crispy Potato Croquettes and Citrus Sauce

Incredible Mushroom Tamales, Creamy Grits and Chard with Yucatecan Salsa

Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen sign outside restaurant

Sunflower arrangement inside Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen, St. Helena

Cooking chickens in Cindy's wood-fired oven on the outside patio

Chickens cooking in the wood-fired oven at the outside patio,  Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen, St. Helena

Cool zinc bar and dining inside Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen, St. Helena

Main dining room at Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen, St. Helena

Private upstairs loft  at Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen, St. Helena

 

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