French Accent

Steak Frites and Mint Juleps in Calistoga

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Q: When would you not want to be inside an alluring new French place with steak frites and a mint julep?

A: When it clears 70 degrees outside, and there’s a patio filled with orange trees and Japanese maples out back.

Meet Evangeline, a sunny, Avignon-inspired outpost of classic French food with a creole twist—and a real looker of a patio—now open in Calistoga.

If you know Solbar and Solage, then you know what to expect at this place. A rather rustic, rather wine-and-beer-filled space with a long marble bar, globe-pendant lighting and an enormous outdoor patio with Japanese maples, orange trees and an ivy-covered trellis. That’s where you’ll want to be. We try not to make assumptions about people. But that’s where you’ll want to be. At least when... well, you know. Weather.

You’ll come here before or after a few winery visits, when you’re up for classic-ish French food like 18-hour chicken and Croque Marins, with millionaire’s bacon instead of ham. There’s also fried pickles, those steak frites and juleps, shrimp étouffée, Gumbo Ya-Ya...

Ah, the scents of Paris in an alternate universe.

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