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cabgirl
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posted 09-07-2010 01:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cabgirl     Edit/Delete Message
I didn't like coleslaw that much as a kid, but now I love it...when it's done right. I too am a fan of Rutherford Grill. I've sent many of folks there for lunch when they are wine tasting in the area. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I'm definitely going to try this!

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damombo
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posted 09-04-2010 08:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
mmmm.... my mouth is watering as I read this!! Thanks for sharing!

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kikiwerner
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posted 09-03-2010 08:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kikiwerner   Click Here to Email kikiwerner     Edit/Delete Message
Rutherford Grill is a must stop for lunch every time my husband and I visit Napa. We were just there in July 2010, and had the coleslaw. I asked for the recipe - no luck but they did tell me the ingredients. I made this for a family BBQ a few weeks ago and my brother said this version was BETTER than Rutherford Grill! I was sort of experimenting so measurements are not exact. You can taste as you go and tweak it to your liking.

1 head white cabbage (slight green tint)
1 bunch cilantro - chop about 1 cup
1 cup chopped peanuts
1 bunch scallions - chop about 1 cup to the whites

Dressing:

~ 3/4 cup peanut oil
~ 1/2 cup sugar,
~ 1/4 cup vinegar
Pinch cayenne
Tsp dry mustard
Black pepper
3 cloves garlic
Salt to Taste

IP: 68.105.87.157

barrie Robinson
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posted 10-24-2008 05:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for barrie Robinson     Edit/Delete Message
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carol
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posted 01-01-2006 04:14 PM           Edit/Delete Message
As a local in Napa, I am fortunate to call several of the great food joints up here my neighborhood haunts. The Rutherford Grill is great. The food is consistently good, I especially like the ribs (though they have a tad too much vinegar), the cornbread is to die for, the wild rice salad is outstanding, and the prime rib and the the dip sandwhich a must try. The only problem here is that everyone wants to eat here, locals and visitors alike. No reservations are allowed. So either get there at 11:45 or after 2:30 and before 6:00 or sit at the bar. Its noisey, comfortable and just a great place to stuff your face.

IP: 69.109.243.168

Hawkeye
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posted 12-18-2005 01:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
A local recommended the Rutherford Grill to my wife and me. His words, "The best ribs and cornbread bar none." Now, I come from Tennessee where BBQ is King, but I have to agree with him, these ribs were the best I have ever eaten. Pair it with a 2002 Chase Zinfandel for a taste you will never forget. We did have to wait about 45 minutes on a Sunday night. When leaving we drove past Mustards and Brix and their parking lots were just about empty. That is sayin a lot for a "chain" restaurant.

IP: 68.59.221.45

BayAreaFoodLover
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posted 11-29-2005 04:24 PM           Edit/Delete Message
Excellent excellent excellent food! We go there at least every two months for lunch and take all our international visitors there. The best wild rice salad in the world, the best chicken, the best steak, the best everything - HIGHLY recommended!

IP: 71.131.243.6

Redhotandrollin!
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posted 11-09-2005 04:28 PM           Edit/Delete Message
Oh my gosh! This place is fabulous!!! The chicken is wonderful and I begged and begged for the recipe for the cole slaw! (No luck, though!) I will definitely be back on my next trip to Napa. This place gets five stars!

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psykecat
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posted 11-04-2005 09:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for psykecat     Edit/Delete Message
My dream is to just sit at the Rutherford and eat artichokes all day long! I've been going there for years and just came back from another two trips, and it counts for something because I'm a Foodie from Fairfax County, VA.

IP: 70.108.149.32

Spirit
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posted 10-30-2005 10:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spirit     Edit/Delete Message
I'd go back. They were busy, but efficient and genuinely friendly. Love those olives...a nice touch. The food was really outstanding. Best Ceasar Salad I've had in years. And I decided to test the Cheeseburger for 10 bucks. It was fresh and juicy. A big sweet tomato and just the right amount of condiments. Perfect bun. For lunch, this place was a pleasant surprise and after tasting wine at a nearby estate, I needed to be feel relaxed and plesantly revived. Yes, I'd go back and take friends without hesitation. And I've lived in Northern California for over 30 years...so consider me to clued into good food. Bon Apetite.

IP: 67.127.57.114

BLACKBEERED
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posted 10-27-2005 10:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BLACKBEERED     Edit/Delete Message
Piamill must have been there on an off day/night. If it's not to your satisfaction, simply tell them to make it right and they will. Your bill was typical of many of the NV restaurants of the same caliber, less of course, the monstrous portions, and corkage of course. You really should try it again, try any of the fish they have as well. Believe me when I tell you, there are a plethora of "nice restaurants" out there, but the #1 reccommended quaffing spot by a bazillion winery personnel is emphatically, The Grill.
It is a veritable "Who's Who" from the valley in the there, and though numerous other "eateries" are ventured, we all return to The Grill because they do know how to do it right. Let me know the next time you want to hit the RG and I'll tell the folks there to lay it on for ya'!

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amower2626
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posted 10-24-2005 12:31 PM           Edit/Delete Message
Regards the Rutherford Grill in Napa Valley. They may be part of the Houstons chain, but that must be one great chain. When I am in Scottsdale, Arizona, I always try to eat at Banderas as the meal is usually the highlite of the trip. The Rutherford Grill menu mentioned a Bandera style Rotiserie Chicken and featured a strikingly similar menu to Banderas; turns out they are both part of the Houstons chain. I can now save on air fare to Scottsdale!

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piamill
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posted 10-15-2005 10:35 AM           Edit/Delete Message
We went to Rutherford grill for my husband's birthday a few weeks ago, because it was hightly recommended. It still angers me that we spent $140 for lunch and was never so disappointed and that did not include out tip. We had their spinach appetizer, which was OK, but it was served with pace picante salsa. I had their ribs at $25 a plate and they were dry, the meat did fall off the bones, the BBQ sauce was only thing I enjoyed. My husband had a Prime rib sandwich, which was OK. My daughter had prime rib and the other had a ahi tuna sandwich which she enjoyed. The best part we all enjoyed was the dessert. We all thought it was very pricey for what you got. I dont mind paying for good food, but I was not impressed at all and would not recommend this resturant to anyone. I have had better for alot less.

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BLACKBEERED
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posted 10-11-2005 10:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for BLACKBEERED     Edit/Delete Message
On the quest for the best ribs around? I found it @ the 'Grill! They have a special tri-tip every now and then that's awesome as well. 'Love the no corkage policy too.
Manager Don always greets us with a smile and the bartenders are great and read us well. A great "people watching" spot is at the bar. For lunch, best to get there B4 noon - Dinner B4 6 at least, weekends earlier. Look for the Four Horsemen at the bar at lunch on the occasional Th/Fr quaffing of bubbly and 'chokes! Cheers!

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Nancy Melander
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posted 05-09-2005 02:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Nancy Melander   Click Here to Email Nancy Melander     Edit/Delete Message
The Rutherfor Grill is always a welcome respite after spending the day wine tasting! The food is delicious (especially the corn bread! The best thing is that you can bring a bottle of wine already purchased elsewear and not pay any corkage fee!

IP: 66.127.103.67

pixy
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posted 04-07-2005 11:41 AM           Edit/Delete Message
Before heading to the town of Ruthterford, I checked out this website for the grill. I was so excited to taste the cornbread that everyone had raved about. I tried it and did not like it one bit! I am trying to figure out how some people think that it is the best thing ever. HHmmm..?? Don't get me wrong, everything else I ate was fabulous. The Filet was very tender, and the spinach and artichoke dip was the BEST. Overall, i really enjoyed my experience at the Rutherford Grill! I'll be back.

IP: 64.170.3.105

Skippy
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posted 01-26-2005 09:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Skippy     Edit/Delete Message
Rutherford Grill has always been a favorite. I haven't had a meal I didn't love. The Wines BTG list has never been a disappointment.

I also recommend Bandera's in Chicago. Same flare/style. Food is equally as excellent. I have to go every visit to the windy city (sometimes twice).

Skip

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Sean
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posted 01-06-2005 12:11 AM           Edit/Delete Message
In response to the person stating the linkage to a large chain, I know this to be true, but don't let it be a total downer. My wife and I moved to Napa from Denver where we had a great little place we used to dine called the Cherry Creek Grill. They had great ribs, skillet cornbread and a fantastic chicken slad with all the same stuff you find at the Rutherford Grill. Same layout, same menu, same cornbread. The smaller chain was once called Bandera in Denver, but changed about 2 - 3 years ago.
I guess my point is, don't let this news keep you from enjoying some good food. Let the service be the factor here. The people from Rutherford work here and have kept it cozy by keeping a blazing red HOUSTON'S neon sign from being perched outside. Most chains make me snarl, but this one has a bit of class and will not disapoint.

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Tammie444
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posted 12-24-2004 08:41 AM           Edit/Delete Message
We ate there last week with a party of six, we all had something different and it was all great food. The local wine recommended by the waitress was perfect. You have to try the rack of ribs, the spinach & artichoke dip, or the grilled osterich, they were fantastic. We have been to other restaurants owned by "Houston's" and recently ate at one in Manhatten and have never been disappointed.
The waitstaff was the most professional and we met the manager "Don" and he was charming.
We highly recommend The Rutherford Grill to anyone travelling in the Napa Valley region.
Buy the way, we found out later, if you want to bring your own wine, there is no corkage fee. That's a definate plus compared to the other high end restaurants in the area.

IP: 64.12.116.200

tamara.a
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posted 08-18-2004 04:58 PM           Edit/Delete Message
After making two different reservations at more "highbrow" restaurants in St. Helena for my husbands birthday, we cancelled both because of recommendations from more than 5 wineries to eat instead at the Rutherford Grill. As tourists from eastern Canada, we had no idea what it would be like other than the raves from other people. We were VERY pleasantly surprised! The fact that we had bought wine at a few of the local wineries and could enjoy it at the restaurant with no corkage fee was a huge plus. We shared both the ribs and the grilled ostrich which were both fantastic. The mashed potatoe side was perfect as was our starter: a hot spinach and artichoke dip served with fresh tortilla chips. Now I wish we had tried that darn cornbread! Guess we'll have to make another trip to Napa Valley.....

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Winer
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posted 08-13-2004 12:02 AM           Edit/Delete Message
We were told the place was under new mgt-- the chef/owners (?) are from Alaska (which explains the wild salmon on the menu ;o)

We had the Kobe beef hamburgers on Bouchon bakery buns. They were incredible.

Don't know if it's still a Houstons, but the current menu is great. And the house mgrs were some of the best we've encountered-- stopped at our table to see if everything was OK, and didn't hover or pry. Very professional.

IP: 63.204.209.182

calistogagirl
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posted 07-12-2004 08:56 AM           Edit/Delete Message
Rutherford Grill does have good food - it is part of the Houston's chain - I have been to one in Manhattan and the one in Rutherford and they are both good.

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Ivan from Brazil
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posted 05-18-2004 08:14 PM           Edit/Delete Message
I went to Rutherford Grill with my family a couple of weeks ago, on our trip to Napa, and it was a very pleasant surprise, since we had no previous references. The place is very nice, the people that work there are friendly and we ate delicious, hearty food.
We tried a little from everything, and had good wine too. It was what I'd been waiting for since my first meal in the US this time-the food that seems to me American at its best, and the one I learned to appreciate since my first visit to your country.

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gaston
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posted 12-07-2003 05:29 PM           Edit/Delete Message
I ate at Rutherford Grill with friends the other night. It was loud in there because the place was packed with people. Everyone was haveing a smashing time at the bar. The whole place was so full of life!

The food was excellent, try the cornbread everyone!

If this is a chain someone please point out where the rest of them are so I'm sure not to miss them when traveling.

IP: 68.123.10.165

Jean
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posted 07-01-2003 11:35 PM           Edit/Delete Message
I love Rutherford Grill! Every time we visit Napa, we always stop for a meal there no matter what. We've been to so many restaurants in Napa but we always go back to Rutherford Grill. All the waitstaff are genuinely friendly and the restaurant is just full of life! Even when there's a wait, we just grab a nice glass of wine and sit outside by the fire. Every meal we've had there has been just fantastic - my boyfriend polished off a rack of ribs in record time. The grilled artichoke is delicious and I second the sentiments on the cornbread - absolutely divine! I always order extra cornbread for the drive home. Even if they are part of the Houston's chain, I think the atmosphere, food and staff make Rutherford Grill one of a kind.

IP: 12.234.88.221

don
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posted 06-01-2003 05:33 AM           Edit/Delete Message
4 of us went for lunch 5/1/03. one veggie
head included.(the better half).we all had
a good time and no complaints.

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phantom12088
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posted 03-25-2003 05:17 PM           Edit/Delete Message
Four of us went to the Rutherford grill last April for a late lunch. We all enjoyed our meal enourmously! All of us ordered different things, chicken, ribs, steak & fish all with different sides. Everybody tried everything on all 4 plates. It was so fabulous, we're all going back this weekend! We can't wait. Be sure to visit the Rutherford Grill, huge portions, great service, wonderful food!

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jeff95476
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posted 02-03-2003 06:00 PM           Edit/Delete Message
by god, I tried the cornbread and it is the best I've ever had! thanks for the tip.

-jeff

PS: The chicken is also very very good!

IP: 209.76.104.175

jbenvig
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posted 09-23-2002 01:28 PM           Edit/Delete Message
Rutherford Grill has the best cornbread I have ever had. The ribs are also excellent as was everything else. The service is casual but good. The portions are huge. I would definitely recommend this restaurant for great casual dining.

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Good Grill
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posted 08-14-2002 01:09 PM           Edit/Delete Message
In response to Lucky Traveler, the Rutherford is a great place for grilled food. It may be part of a chain, but its location and the ambiance of the area make it just a little different and a great experience for late afternoon dining (especially if you like a great grill menu). The wine offerings are really good and the winery next door makes it not your typical chain restaurant and you are in the the wine country to boot. Sorry you were disappointed about it being part of a chain, but you must admit the food is great. When I want good grill, I don't care if it is a chain, it is a good chain. There are many restaurants in the "Sanapmenoma" area and if great grill and great service is not what you desire, try them. Since Rutherford always has a waiting list, others also don't mind it being a chain.

IP: 67.0.132.20

LuckyTraveller
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posted 08-13-2002 11:08 AM           Edit/Delete Message

We ate at the Rutherford Grill - excellent food, but be warned - this is owned and operated by the Houston's restaurant chain. Our waitress informed us that yes, they were a "Houston's" but Rutherford wouldn't allow them to use their corporate chain restaurant name.

Just to let you know!

Food's great, but it's not a "Napa-specific" restaurant. We were bummed because we could have eaten at Houston's at home.

IP: 66.100.193.57

epicurean delite
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posted 07-29-2002 02:16 PM           Edit/Delete Message
I found myself driving through the once referred to, "sanapanoma" area and I came across the town of Rutherford. I found a delightful place to nourish a hungry body. It was called the Rutherford Grill. There was very welcoming service. The new hostess was fabulous and well informed for suggestions in wine tastings and tours. The patio bar looked inviting. I found the Beaulieu Vineyard Tasting Room next door an added attraction. The food was great and the atmosphere for good casual eating was exceptional. Do try Rutherford Grill you won't be disappointed. The Beaulieu Tasting Room makes it totally unnecessary to search for any wine bar. I find wine bars tacky, a winery with a good tasting room meets the need for the wine adventurer to have a fun place to experience wine over the would be "wine snob" domains. Good food and a wine adventure was great after an afternoon of driving. Hey I sound like a commercial - but try the place you will be glad you did.

IP: 67.0.132.219

Tom B
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posted 03-18-2002 03:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tom B     Edit/Delete Message
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