Re:California, Here We Come!
Thu, 08/22/13 8:58 PM
Thursday April 25th, 2013 (cont.) Not long after leaving the restaurant, I started not feeling well. It was a stomach ache, along with dizziness. Undoubtedly, it had nothing to do with Putah Creek Café, but it did affect my experience at our next stop. For some reason, neither of our GPSs would accept the address for Gott's Roadside in St. Helena. We got a little lost, before asking directions at a beautiful lake, which was acting as a stop for some kind of bicycle race or event. All three people we spoke to just raved about how good the food was at Gott's. The directions they gave us were right on the mark and we quickly found our way there. If I understand the history of this place correctly, this was originally a landmark burger stand known as Taylor's Refresher for many years. It ended up closing and the Gott brothers came in, leased the place and changed it's name to Taylor's Automatic Refresher. Just a few years ago, the name was changed again to Gott's Roadside. An old wooden sign with the original name still hangs out front, which is a nice nod to the past. It was still fairly early when we arrived and there was only one other customer. From what we read, this place can get maddeningly crowded, so we felt fortunate to get here at this time. The outside looks like a cute little drive-in and it is hard to miss just how clean and well kept everything looks. On a normal day, we would have ordered far more, but with me not feeling myself, we decided to just split a burger and a side. As you can see from the day's specials, this is not your typical roadside joint. The list of available burgers wasn't big, although every single one sounded like something we would enjoy. As soon as I saw the description for the Wisconsin burger, I knew that was the one. Luckily, Johnny shares a love for mushrooms, so that made it easier. Here is the Wisconsin burger in all of it's glory: On that burger you have grilled mushrooms, bacon, cheddar cheese, barbecue sauce and mayo on round grilled sourdough toast. Other than maybe skipping the mayo, if you asked me what my perfect burger would look like and have on top of it, this would just about be it. The burger itself is certainly of the highest quality and the fresh meat ground daily. One minor quibble is that they cook all the burgers to medium well, but it was still juicy enough. After I took my photos, we realized that we didn't have a knife to cut it in half to share. So, I took it back up and asked them to cut it half. When they returned it to us, they now placed both halves in their own burger diaper. This is one of those places where they do the little things right! Both of us raved about the burger and I felt bad that Johnny was forced to share it with me, just because I wasn't feeling 100%. This was the best burger of the trip and maybe of the year. As a side, we went with the sweet potato fries, which comes dusted in chili spice. These were still hot, long and wonderfully crispy. For dipping, we were given a cup of dill sauce. Gott's is also famous for their milkshakes. Johnny went with the pistachio. He did like that there were plenty of whole nuts in the shake, but he didn't think it had strong enough pistachio flavor or was blended very well. Even though I don't drink coffee, I had heard too many great things about their espresso bean shake to pass it up. As expected, the flavor was intense, maybe too much so. I would prefer to try another flavor on my next visit. We had our choice of seating, as you can sit under picnic tables in front and back or under a roof at a long table, which is what we choose. While we ate, we watched an entire army of employees, cleaning and setting up for the day ahead. It is obvious that this is a well run establishment. We loved our visit to Gott's Roadside. Two meals so far on this day and both of them outstanding. Gott's Roadside 933 Main Street St. Helena, CA 707-963-3486 While many think it strange that here we are in wine country and we didn't visit any wineries, I have maybe three or four glasses of wine a year at most, while Johnny is a teetotaler. We passed some beautiful scenery and vineyards, but drove right past. Instead, open up those golden gates, we were finally heading to San Francisco!
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