Ode to Oxbow Public Market

Oxbow Public Market

Oxbow Public Market

If you live in Napa Valley, the Oxbow Public Market is pretty cool.  Swing by, pick up some short ribs at Five Dot Ranch, stuff for salad at Oxbow Produce and Grocery, a wedge of brie or camembert from Oxbow Cheese Merchant, a baguette from The Model Bakery, a pint of Lemon Cookie from Three Twins Ice Cream, and then go home and make a fabulous meal.

But what if you don’t live nearby?  Or you don’t feel like cooking?  Is the Oxbow Public Market worth coming to anyway?  Hell yes!

Want a picnic for later?  

You can get bread, sandwiches, and/or cookies from The Model Bakery; charcuterie, pâté, and/or rillettes from Fatted Calf; smoked fish from Kanaloa Seafood; cheese and/or crackers from Oxbow Cheese Merchant; organic fruit, juices, and/or milk from Oxbow Produce and Grocery; cupcakes from Kara’s Cupcakes.   Done! 

Want to eat now? 

Choices include fresh oysters from Hog Island Oyster Company; pizza at Ca’ Momi Winery & Enoteca; a pastrami sandwich from Five Dot Ranch; tacos at C CASA; arepas at Pica Pica Maize Kitchen; a cheeseburger at Gott’s Roadside; or a full menu of options at Kitchen Door.  And then you can go to Three Twins Ice Cream for dessert.  Done!

Just need a quick beverage? 

Ritual Coffee Roasters has stellar pour-over cups of coffee and a full range of espresso-based drinks, or you can stop at Tillerman Tea if you don’t do coffee.  If you want some (need some?) wine, you can swing by Oxbow Wine Merchant and Wine Bar for tasting and/or a glass of wine.  Done!

Need a souvenier or a gift for someone else? 

The Olive Press has a full spectrum of olive oils (flavored or not) to choose from and The Oxbow Wine Merchant and Wine Bar sells wine by the bottle.  You can always find something for a chef at Whole Spice Company – aside from your basic chile powder, they also have ancho, guajillo, chile de arbol, chipotle, jalapeno, habanero, and serrano powder sold separately.  Or, if your chef friend is a pastry chef, Whole Spice also has products like raspberry sugar, cocoa sugar, and lavender sugar for sale.  Done!

In Napa on Tuesday night? 

That’s the night Oxbow Public Market has deemed “Locals Night” and many merchants have special items on their menu and/or special offers (but everyone can take advantage of the specials, not just locals).  Typical specials include $1 mini cupcakes from Kara’s Cupcakes, 15% off bags of coffee at Ritual Coffee Roasters, 1/2 price cheeseburgers and veggie burgers at Gott’s Roadside Cafe, and a free cup of the featured tea at Tillerman’s Tea.  You can easily see this week’s Locals Night specials on Oxbow’s website.

We think pretty much everyone should go to Oxbow Public Market.



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