Review - October 19, 2006 - Joanne

Exterior Market


Open Daily 11:30am - 10:00pm
1347 Main Street
Saint Helena, CA 94574
Phone: 707-963-3799
Visited: Lunch- May 8, 2006

Market has a prime location on Main Street in St. Helena. Although we've heard both plusses and minuses since it opened a few years ago, we've been wanting to check it our for ourselves. On their website they describe the concept of Market as "... as a warm neighborhood spot, designed for locals but just as welcoming to visitors." I think it does a fine job at capturing that vision.

Market offers a three-course lunch ($15) and fish-of-the-day specials ($19). They also offer a soup and sandwich special ($10) at lunch. Locals I've spoken with like Market's feel; warm and comfortable.

We had a mixed feeling about our lunch there. We would return if we lived in St. Helena, but we would probably not have it in a short list for a visiting tourist. However, it is one of the St. Helena spots I would recommend for a cocktail and you certainly could get snack with it. It would also be a place comfortable for a solitary diner in wine country. There is a good-sized bar to sit at.

Avocado and Cucumber Soup

Chilled Cucumber and Avocado Soup with Lemon Sorbet and Fresh Mint $6.50
Sounded like a great idea. It was not. About half this much would have been too much. The balance of flavors was out of whack - too acidic and no starring flavor. Not good.

Fish and Chips at Market

Fish n’ Chips, Champagne Battered Ling Cod and Fries, Two Sauces $13.50
Crispy fish and fries. Fish was fresh and flaky inside. Tartar sauce was okay. Good!

Interior at Market

Interior at Market

Fish of the Day:
Steelhead Salmon, Baby Bok Choy, Shiitake Mushrooms, Pickled Ginger, Carrots , Lime Curry Sauce - $19

A fine dish and a pretty one - but not one that Jack needs to order again.

Adult Macaroni and Cheese at Market

A Very Adult Macaroni and Cheese, Hobb’s Bacon, Creamy Fiscalini Cheddar Sauce $11.50
One of Market's Signature dishes I was prepared to be impressed. I was not. It was good. A spicy hint to the sauce - horseradish(?) or maybe just the sharpness of the cheddar masquerading. There could have been more bacon. I did like the crispy topping. It's a very heavy mac & cheese and there was about twice as much as needed served.

Lunch Menu at Market

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