My wife is attending a conference in SF in early October, and I'm flying out to meet her afterward for a few days of relaxing and eating. A little about us: My wife is a vegetarian and also doesn't drink, but I eat everything and love wine. That said we're both fairly adventurous diners. We're from Boston (where our favorite places include Craigie on Main, T.W. Food, La Laiterie in Providence - seasonal, farm-to-table style dining). We are particularly interested in things we can't easily get at home. Our budget is flexible.
Our plans so far:
Arrive in the afternoon
Tuesday (SF -> Napa)
My wife is at her conference, so I'm on my own. I'd love to do dim sum.
Is there a decent dim sum place for a dim sum newbie on his own?
Tuesday night we arrive @ Hotel Luca in Yountville, where we are staying til Friday.
Not sure yet. I'd love to find a casual(ish) place in Yountville (so we didn't have to drive), low-key, with a great wines-by-the-glass list, and less than $40/pp (before drinks). Cantinetta Piero, in our hotel, looks promising. How is the food?
Alternatively, maybe we'll stop in Napa itself on the way from SF. Any particular stand-outs
(other than Ubuntu?)
We'll eat a late breakfast at the hotel, and then skip lunch, because ...
Dinner: 5:30 reservations @ The French Laundry.
We are thinking of a picnic. Oxbow Public Market has come up as a good place to get food, as has Sunshine Market. Any other suggestions? We're likely to decide where to get supplies based on what we end up doing that day and what is nearby, so some geographically scattered ideas would be helpful.
We are still looking for a nice lunch spot for Friday. We'll be heading back to SF but are completely undecided about the route, so location doesn't matter (much). A few years ago we went to Tra Vinge and really enjoyed it. Is there somewhere similar? The ideal place would have outside tables in a country setting and a certain amount of elegance. Places that looked promising: Brix or bistro at Auberge du Soleil. Something else in that vein that we should consider?
Dinner back in SF:
No ideas yet. Something casual, as we'll have had a big lunch. SE Asian or Mexican would be interesting.
Brunch: Ferry Market Building
Both Delfina and Incanto looked interesting, but we aren't sure we'll want Italian.
Any thoughts on Range in Mission?
Coi is very tempting, but another big tasting menu isn't what we are looking for (after French Laundry).
Then to the airport.
Ubuntu Restaurant & Yoga Studio
1140 Main Street, Napa, CA 94558
The French Laundry
6640 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599
3621 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Oxbow Public Market
610 First Street, Napa, CA 94559
7377 St. Helena Highway, Napa, CA 94558