Fodor's Expert Review Oxbow Public Market
The market's two dozen stands provide an introduction to Northern California's diverse artisanal food products. Swoon over decadent charcuterie at the Fatted Calf (great sandwiches, too), slurp oysters at Hog Island, or chow down on duck or salmon tacos at C Casa. You can sample wine (and cheese) at the Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant, ales at Fieldwork Brewery's taproom, and barrel-aged cocktails and handcrafted vodkas at the Napa Valley Distillery. Napa Bookmine is among the few nonfood vendors here. If you don't mind eating at the counter, you can select a steak at the Five Dot Ranch meat stand and pay $8 above market price ($12 with two sides) to have it grilled on the spot, a real deal for a quality slab.