Dear Hound friends,
I'll start by asking your forgiveness, because I know this subject is a popular one on CH. But after months of research here and elsewhere, I'd still like to ask Hounds for their definitive answers. Here's my dilemma: My husband and I driving from Monterey, CA to Portland, OR in the first week of July. Our plans allow us one Wednesday night dinner and one (Thursday morning) breakfast in either Napa or Sonoma.
We haven't yet decided on our driving route--meaning that we're open to going to either Napa or Sonoma--and we haven't yet booked a hotel room for that one night because we'd like to stay somewhere near our dinner venue (ideally so that we can stumble, in post-prandial euphoria, back to our hotel).
We've never been to the area before, and we'd like to eat one fantastic, memorable dinner that's not more than $120 a head. We're not interested in matching wine courses, since we're not oenophiles. Here are the caveats: my husband doesn't do seafood (I know, I know) or fruit. I eat pretty much anything (and adore foie, truffles, and dessert). Expense is a big factor (we ruled out TFL, Manresa, and Etoile). After looking at menus, prices, and everyone's recommendations, we've narrowed our list down to:
Angele, Goose & Gander, La Toque, Bistro Jeanty, Brix, and Farm.
SO.... where to eat one amazing, memorable dinner, given our preferences? Please tell me which of these places you'd choose, and why.
And, since you've read this far, might you have any breakfast suggestions for the next morning, please? (We can drive there, but don't want to wait forever for breakfast, since we then have to continue on to Eureka.)