Napa Flats Wood Fired Kitchen, located in the Vineyards at 1301 N. Loop 1604 W., features pizza, pasta and fantastic drinks. This weekend, the debut of Bar Napa, an expanded and artfully enhanced bar and lounge, took place with new menu items featuring wood-fired avocados, ahi tuna and a selection of fine wines and perfectly concocted cocktails. Jacqueline and I stopped by on Friday night for quite the delicious meal!
The vision for Napa Flats has always been simple—fresh, savory cuisine inspired by California flavors with an Italian flair, made from scratch and prepared in an open kitchen over a wood fired grill. The relaxed atmosphere has upped it’s game with the addition of the Bar Napa lounge now totaling seven TV’s, eight tables, and a semi-private dining room accommodating 20. The sleek new additions aren’t the only reason we were excited to visit Napa Flats! After taking a look at the menu, Jacqueline and I got ready for a night of amazing eats.
The first item we devoured was the wood-fired avocados – grilled avocados filled with chimichuri sauce on top of a bed of corn salsa served with tortilla chips. While we were finishing up the last of the avocados, our awesome waiter let us know that next time we should fill it up with queso instead of chimichuri sauce. Yes! Although we were envisioning queso, the next dish we ate was the chopped kale salad topped with dried cranberries, green apples, roasted almonds, sun dried tomatoes and feta cheese tossed in a tangy house balsamic vinaigrette. This was one of the best salads I’ve had in a while and one of the reasons I loved it so much was because it was like two salads in one! The dried cranberries and feta paired together made for a sweet spread. I followed it up with a forkful of sun-dried tomatoes to create a completely new taste.
We didn’t hold back at Napa Flats. Our main dishes included grilled salmon with sun-dried tomato sauce, balsamic glaze and couscous followed by sesame crusted tuna with couscous, cucumber, tomato, cilantro and drizzled with a tasty Asian sauce. The two dishes varied in couscous with the grilled salmon paired with savory couscous and the tuna came with sweet and refreshing couscous. Let’s say it one more time – couscous.
Perhaps we could’ve ended our meal there, but instead we indulged in citrus chicken topped with lemon white wine butter sauce and mashed potatoes, and poblano mac n cheese topped with lobster. As I write this I am excited to indulge in more mac n cheese when the midnight munchies hit because the noodles were so cheesy, I had to save some for later.
We didn’t forget about the drinks! Bar Napa features a lineup of six new specialty cocktails including the Pepino – Patrón Tequila, lime juice, mint syrup and diced cucumber, the Sandia – Chopin Vodka, St. Germain, watermelon water, lime juice and agave nectar, and the Napa Collins – Fords Gin, lemon juice, simple syrup and carbonated water.
To celebrate Bar Napa’s opening weekend the restaurant will feature live music on Saturday, April 30th from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Come by and enjoy wine and beer tasting, as well as a special happy hour pricing on Napa flatbreads, appetizers and their new summer cocktail menu. Napa Flats has also partnered with the Texas Lions Camp and will donate $5 to the organization for every Texas Lion’s Camp pizza sold throughout the weekend.