The Kitchen Door, the new eatery in Napa's Oxbow Market helmed by chef Todd Humphries and restaurateur Richard Miyashiro, is primed, prepped and ready to open on June 14. A friends-and-family preview dinner last week gave a sneak peek at the restaurant's menu and design. Soaring ceilings, an enormous glass skylight and white subway-tiled walls give the sunlit dining room its airy loftlike feel, while shelves filled with general store goods, a low-hanging rack of old copper pots and mismatched rustic wooden chairs and tables bring the room back down to earth.
Diners place their orders at a counter, grab a number and find a seat inside or on the patio while their meal is prepared by Humphries and his team in the open kitchen. The menu of locally driven, multi-ethnic comfort food features a selection of salads, soups, pastas and snacks, including chicharrones from Ryan Farr's 4505 Meats and a Fatted Calf charcuterie plate from literally just around the corner.
The wood-burning oven turns out perfect puffy and crunchy flatbreads and pizzas, and