We will be in Napa and Sonoma in early November. I was able to secure a lunch reservation at The French Laundry for our trip.
We love creative, interesting, and most of all, delicious food across the range of categories from food trucks to top-10 dining experiences (such as The Inn at Little Washington). I know from reading the boards here that there are practically endless options for quality dining in this area of California and narrowing down options for a dining plan is even more difficult than choosing which wineries to tour.
So my question is: Should we spend a large portion of our budget for the trip on the one meal at TFL forcing us to be fairly frugal the balance of our trip or would we be better served to skip TFL - which would be a once-in-a-lifetime experience - in favor of having 3-4 nicer meals?
Among the options that would enter the mix would be Barndiva, REDD, The Girl and the Fig, Sante, FARM at the Caneros Inn, Ad Hoc (probably on a Monday night for the fried chicken), and Mustards just to name a few. We'll also be spending a few days in SF proper (greatly enjoyed Baker & Banker on our last visit).
Thank you in advance.