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Farewell Taylor’s Refresher

So long Taylor’s Refresher. Hello Gott’s Roadside. For those of you familiar with Taylor’s Refresher in St. Helena, you’ll be surprised next time you drive by to see the new name, “Gott’s Roadside” emblazoned on the front of the building. I know we were and didn’t know that when I took this picture, it would be the last time we would see this name on the building.

We went to Napa for wine tasting and lunch at Taylor’s Refresher with our oldest son Mark and his fiancé Jennifer on a Tuesday to celebrate my husband Jon’s birthday. We returned on Sunday with friends to continue the celebration only to drive by what was only five days before Taylor’s Refresher, and feel like we had either consumed much more wine than we thought we had, or that we had entered the Twilight Zone! A debate ensued with the group, and we thought that perhaps someone had talked the owners into temporarily removing the name to put up the name of a bride and groom or private party.

We did get to the bottom of it when we returned home. Due to the success of the restaurants (there are three all together), the owners have decided to incorporate their family name into the name of the restaurant. Their website touts, “Same owners, same food, new name.” http://gottsroadside.com/ The restaurant has been featured many times on television, in magazines, etc., and on the much popular “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” with Guy Fieri.

We’re proud to say that we were one of the last people to eat at Taylor’s Refresher. Jon and I shared the Western Bacon Blue Ring Burger which is topped with an onion ring, crumbled blue cheese, bacon, pickles, red onion & BBQ sauce on a toasted egg bun for $9.99. Jon claims that I ate most of it, but I don’t agree. Mark had the Texas Burger that comes with Jack cheese, fresh guacamole, salsa, mayo & pickled jalapeños on a toasted egg bun, also $9.99. Jen ordered the BLT. I will have to say that Taylor’s must have changed their menu a bit since the name change, because this no longer shows up on their menu that’s featured on their website.

We all shared the house salad which was recommended by one of the girls working the wine tasting room at Miner. It was delicious, with red leaf lettuce tossed with avocado, green onions, parmesan cheese & and artichoke vinaigrette (the website now just says vinaigrette, perhaps another minor change?) for 6.99. The sweet potato fries are not to be missed as are their famous milkshakes. They were thick and delicious. Jen and I shared the mint chip because I love eating the chocolate chips that gather at the bottom of the cup, and yes, I did eat/drink most of this. Jen got very little. Mark enjoyed a chocolate shake while Jon ordered a beer.

We ate lunch in the sunny yard behind the roadhouse, at a painted picnic table under an umbrella. I had never experienced Napa like that before. Usually we’re at an upscale restaurant ordering pastas and wine, eating from tables covered in linen. It was a nice, casual change of pace, and a great place to spend the warm afternoon on Jon’s birthday.

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