Opened as Taylor’s Refresher in St. Helena in 1949, the restaurant was bought from the Taylor family by the Gott brothers and the named was changed to Gott’s Roadside a few years back. We stopped for a late lunch on a sunny Sunday afternoon at the original location in St. Helena. At 2:00, there were about forty folks in line for this walk-up restaurant. While the menu was pretty fancy for a burger joint, it was not overly broad.
I had read in the Hamburger America book that the Espresso Bean milkshake was not to be missed. Not being a big coffee fan, I wasn’t sure what the big deal would be, but as I live with a coffee fan, while Jo waited and held our place in the food order line, I went to the bar and ordered an Espresso Bean shake for her. She said it was a winner (more about that later).
On to the burgers: Jo went with a turkey burger (still on a beef-high from the visit to Joe’s the day before). I chose a cheeseburger. Yep, a cheeseburger. I know that’s hard for y’all to believe. Nonetheless, 20 minutes later they called our number and my burger arrived:
All burgers are Niman ranch beef and ground fresh daily. This one was expertly prepared, with the cheddar melted ever so slightly. Really tasty – I ate every bite.
On Monday, after lunch in San Francisco I asked Jo if she wanted to split a dessert and she said, “you know, what I’d really like is another one of those Espresso Bean milkshakes….”
Conveniently, there was a Gott’s Roadside outpost about 5 miles from our hotel back in Napa. This one had inside seating, which was critical as it had started to rain one of those niggling Seattle-type drizzles just as we were leaving SF.
When we got to Gott’s (ha!) I decided I ought to sample a shake, too. Being a man of simple tastes I chose strawberry. And, since we hadn’t had anything to eat in over ninety minutes, I sampled their daily special – a tomato and mozzarella sandwich.