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Birthday Dinner: I'm waffling...

violinstrung | Apr 1, 200805:22 PM

Hello 'hounds!

I will be in SF to visit family and to celebrate my birthday in a few weeks and wanted to spend it stuffing myself and getting tipsy in Napa. I booked Ubuntu for lunch and Bouchon for dinner. However, having read the ravings about Manresa, I'm beginning to second-guess myself on Bouchon. I checked OpenTable and saw that there are some tables available at Manresa for mid-evening.

I would be happy at either place, but a part of me really wants the birthday dinner to be a blowout-type affair. Initially, I had wanted to book FL, but of course no luck there, so I went with Bouchon. I've read some mixed things about Bouchon, but I also don't want to make it too much of a hassle for my hosts.

Pros for Bouchon: it's as close to Thomas Keller as I will likely get for now, I have a vision of it being just a warm sunny lovely day, possibly easier for those coming with, I know there is food I can eat (I'm fishitarian)

Cons: not as excited by the menu as I am about Manresa's, mixed 'hound experiences, may need to find somewhere to change if more formal than jeans (this is what I am guessing)

Pros for Manresa: Menu makes me drool, it's my birthday and I live on the East Coast so why not indulge?, later reso means we'd have time to stop home and revive

Cons: Not a small amount of driving for one day (although we will have three drivers), will it be veg/fish friendly as it appears to be fixed course menu?

So I need some guidance. Help!! If you read everything, you are too kind. What do you think?

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