Downtown Napa’s Miminashi is an izakaya (think Japanese gastropub) that plays out on the table like Asian tapas. There are a number of dishes for everyone to share—a reality that makes the meal eclectic and forces everyone to try different things. Among the more delectable options are yakitori (meat on skewers), ramen or udon, sashimi, and soba pancakes. Chef Curtis Di Fede's frozen soft-serve ice cream is one of the most sought-after sweet treats in town, with flavors such as Bing cherry and lemon verbena. The bar program is exceptional, with a sake sommelier and a huge selection of craft sakes from Yamaguchi and other prefectures in Japan. Sit at the bar for attentive service from bartenders and a bird’s-eye view of the kitchen.