[I was going to wait until tonight or tomorrow morning to post this, but it seemed like kinda a slow day, so I thought, "Why not now?"]
Below is the final schedule of stops for Saturday evening, with the dishes I plan to order. I will try my darndest to stick to my list, but everything is subject to change, based on traffic, wait times, availability, new specials, etc. Asterisks still mark the restaurants I haven’t been to before...
6 PM - Animal*: Pig tails, “buffalo style,” celery, ranch; foie gras, biscuit, maple sausage gravy. (~60 minutes, $36+)
7:30 PM - Red Medicine*: Heirloom rice porridge, egg yolk, hazelnuts, ginseng, echire butter; add Santa Barbara red uni; a.k.a. “uni congee”. (~45 minutes, $27+)
9 PM - Hatfield’s*: “Croque Madame”, yellowtail sashimi, prosciutto, sunny side up quail egg, grilled brioche; Bobo Farms foie gras, apple-rosemary “butter”, caramelized cippolini, molasses toast . (~60 minutes, $43+)
10:30 PM - Leo’s Tacos*: Tacos al Pastor; tacos de lengua. (~15 minutes, $2+)
The biggest change to the schedule is that _all_ of the stops are now new-to-me restaurants (I removed Shunji, the only place I’d already been). In the original thread, I had also mentioned replacing Plan Check with a mystery spot, which I had planned to be Gjelina, as they _were_ serving Beavertail oysters from my home state of Rhode Island. I think, though, I will like Hatfield’s much better (thanks for the rec, Lambster).
Not sure if Leo’s will actually happen after all I’ll have eaten by then, but we’ll see. Not gonna beat myself up if I can’t stomach it (no pun intended).
Final Google Map for Saturday: http://goo.gl/maps/HI2F (Yes, it is a bit circuitous, but I have reservations at both Red Medicine and Hatfield’s that necessitate this order of stops.)
On the Road: 5:30 PM
Arrive Home: 11 PM
Duration: 5.5 hours
Cost: $108 (before drinks, taxes, and tips)
If anyone has any additional comments or suggestions, I’ll be checking this thread regularly, even while “on tour” (cellular reception permitting).
[The original discussion thread is here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/852040]