Hello Hounds -
I'm repeating a trip I did down to your fair area last year, for a week of relaxing, reading, and eating ridiculously good food. Last year I read a lot of your reviews, but ran out of time to get feedback, and kept forgetting to post my reviews. This time I'm going to do better. :)
I'll be getting in mid-morning this Sunday, Feb. 21st, and leaving the following Friday afternoonish. I'll be headquartered in Yountville the whole time. You'll see a lot of driving below; I understand that. I don't own a car, so I find driving a rental a novelty. :)
So, without further ado, pending suggestions from y'all and my ability to get seats:
Sunday brunch: Top of the Mark
Sunday dinner: Something light I find at a market / bakery
Monday lunch: Shanghai Dumpling King
Monday dinner: Commis
Tusday lunch: Grazing from the Oxbow Market and friends
Tuesday dinner: Redd
Wednesday lunch: ?
Wednesday dinner: Auberge du Soleil (best meal I had in my life, last time)
Thursday lunch: Fremont Diner
Thursday dinner: Cyrus
Friday brunch: Yank Sing
A couple thoughts:
You don't see Brix or Bouchon here; that's because these were (by a considerable margin) the worst meals I had the last time I was down there. Bad service, too.
You don't see Ad Hoc on there. I'll look up their menu when I get in town, but so far, the times I've looked, it hasn't been inspiring. Also, is it a communal dining place? I got the impression it was (so it got crossed off for that), but maybe this is a mistaken memory?
Oh, and as for the un-foodie-ish Top of the Mark: I have a weakness for big, opulant, over-the-top brunch buffets. A defect in my character, I suppose. If you know a better one, though, I'm open to suggestions.
Last thing: wearing a tie on vacation is against my religion. I didn't find this a problem last year, though, and my memory was that the area was about as relaxed as Portland in that regard. Just a thought, though.
Thanks for any comments or suggestions!