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Gott's Roadside

933 Main Street, St. Helena, CA - (707) 963-3486
Posted By David Williams on 6/27/2007 10:23:00 AM
After eyeing this classic looking drive-in on two or three trips to Napa, my wife and I tried it last summer. Wow! The owner has taken a classic, 40's drive-in burger joint and upgraded the menu and experience while losing none of the essential charm.

Yes, the burgers are great as you would expect. The regular fries are crisp but spring for the extra buck for garlic fries, dipped in a butter, garlic, and parsley sauce. No ketchup needed! Not sure if it qualifies as proper road food, but I had a great seared ahi tuna burger with Asian cole slaw. The shakes are wonderfully thick.

Out back there is a wide expanse of lawn with umbrella-shaded picnic tables. It's the only drive-in I've seen with beer and wine by the glass (and a corkage fee). Then again, it's in the heart of Napa. If you're in Napa, you MUST GO as an antidote to the all the wine and fine dining, and to see how great food and road food can coexist.

Note: I understand they've opened a branch in the Ferry Terminal in San Francisco.

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The Wisconsin burger has grilled mushrooms, bacon cheddar cheese, barbecue sauce and mayo on grilled sourdough toast.
"The Wisconsin burger has grilled mushrooms, bacon cheddar cheese, barbecue sauce and mayo on grilled sourdough toast. "
Cliff Strutz





Sweet potato fries, dusted with chili spice.  Served with a garlic sauce.
"Sweet potato fries, dusted with chili spice. Served with a garlic sauce."
Terry Taylor


Wisconsin Sourdough (left): a burger with grilled mushrooms, bacon, cheddar cheese, mayo & BBQ sauce on grilled sourdough.  Blue Cheese Burger (right): topped with a pile of crumbled blue, lettuce, tomato, pickles & secret sauce on a toasted egg bun.  In the center: sweet potato fries.  Also pictured: chocolate & espresso bean shakes.
"Wisconsin Sourdough (left): a burger with grilled mushrooms, bacon, cheddar cheese, mayo & BBQ sauce on grilled sourdough. Blue Cheese Burger (right): topped with a pile of crumbled blue, lettuce, tomato, pickles & secret sauce on a toasted egg bun. In the center: sweet potato fries. Also pictured: chocolate & espresso bean shakes."
Terry Taylor


Two of Gott's excellent milkshakes:  on the left is espresso bean, on the right, pistachio.
"Two of Gott's excellent milkshakes: on the left is espresso bean, on the right, pistachio."
Cliff Strutz


Burgers at their best!
"Burgers at their best!"
Terry Taylor


Topped with a pile of crumbled blue, lettuce, tomato, pickles & secret sauce on a toasted egg bun.
"Topped with a pile of crumbled blue, lettuce, tomato, pickles & secret sauce on a toasted egg bun."
Terry Taylor


Retro sign.
"Retro sign."
Terry Taylor


This weather beaten with the original name of the restaurant is a nice nod to the past.
"This weather beaten with the original name of the restaurant is a nice nod to the past."
Cliff Strutz


Eating area in front of the restaurant.
"Eating area in front of the restaurant."
Terry Taylor


The line begins to form for the lunchtime rush.
"The line begins to form for the lunchtime rush."
Terry Taylor



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