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Jacinto’s Chef Heads to Napa, Chinese Restaurant Coming?

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The interior of Napkins Restaurant and Grill in Napa, courtesy of Napkins Restaurant.
The interior of Napkins Restaurant and Grill in Napa, courtesy of Napkins Restaurant.

Word came on Friday that Erasto Jacinto has joined Napkins Restaurant in Napa as their new executive chef. The former Cindy Pawlcyn chef (Mustard Grille, Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen) opened his namesake restaurant, Jacinto’s Kitchen in Oakmont with brother Pablo in early 2012.

Despite some incredible dishes early on, featuring the bold flavors of Oaxaca, the location of the restaurant inside Santa Rosa’s Oakmont retirement village proved too challenging for the brothers.  Prices were higher than many locals were willing to pay, and BiteClubbers complained over the years that the once-flavorful food became increasingly uninspired.

The good news is that Jacinto will likely thrive at the bustling new bar and grill in downtown Napa, which features American cuisine with a “global influence” and Napans are already applauding the return.

Rumors of a Chinese restaurant to replace Jacinto’s have been floating around for several weeks, and BiteClub has learned that Mei-Don Chinese Cuisine is slated to replace Jacintos in the coming months.

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2 thoughts on “Jacinto’s Chef Heads to Napa, Chinese Restaurant Coming?

  1. Want a restaraunt to do well in Oakmont? Heres the menu…

    Hot coffee
    Hot tea
    Wine for $5
    Ceaser salad
    Wedge salad
    10 kinds of soup. Served very hot.
    A burger
    Ice cream
    Cocnut cream pie
    Apple pie
    Club sandwich
    Nothing spicy
    Small portions
    Early bird specials
    Breakfast menu: 1 egg,1 slice bacon, burned toast, cup coffee..must be very hot.

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