I'm heading to SF/Napa Valley with my mom. This is kind of a celebratory trip as I am moving from LA to London, but first driving back home to Seattle where I am from - my mom is accompanying me. We're looking for what I would call 'contemporary rustic.' For me this is food/atmosphere/decor that feels current, but also loving of its past - without being lost solely in nostalgia: Tartine Bakery is a perfect example. These are the kind of places that for me, meals go long and I feel the need to linger because I love the atmosphere as much as the food. Its where you revel in the satisfaction and fullfillment of the meal. If you're famliar with Silverlake in LA, Cafe Stella is another perfect example. French is my favorite, but I'm interested in other European options. For cheaper meals I'm open to whatever you might suggest.
Day 1. Arrive in SF late afternoon - head to a bar, preferably where we can sit outside. looking at something would be nice, but i know how views tend to mean decline in quality and increase in prices, but maybe this isn't the case in sf. i'm a fan of belgians and obscure american beers - or american takes on belgian style beers. i've been enjoying Wits lately.
Dinner: La Taqueria - we want to do something cheap this night and i thought it would be a great chance to compare LA mexican to SF mexican.
Day 2. Tartine Bakery (been here before, love it, not really interested in eating elsewhere, though i'm open to suggestions)
Lunch: The Sentinel to take on the Land's End walk
Afternoon bite to eat/bar - view? beautiful interior? oysters (somehow i've still never had them)
Dinner: I have reservations for Bar Tartine. The interior looks like the kind of place worth lingering - which is exactly what i'm looking for. A cold, modern, sparse interior isn't what i'm looking for for this evening. I'm very open to other dinner suggestions.
ALSO i'd love a suggestion for a place where we can get a great pre dinner drink.
Day 3. Breakfast: Either Four Barrel (do they serve any food??) or something near it, since I want to try their coffee
Lunch: Bahn Mi
Day 4/5 Napa Valley. Now i know this is a big area, but i'm curious as to whether people can recommend places in the sort of vein i'm talking. Hell, we could go anywhere - Russian River, Sonoma, Calistoga anything.
Thanks for the suggestions guys and girls.
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