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Frances, Farmstead @ LMR, Oenotri Report

niccole | Nov 19, 2014 01:10 PM

After a day of lunch at Marliave and dinner at Myers & Chang in Boston Thursday, my SF birthday weekend began Friday with dinner at Frances. I made reservations 60 days ago. My first try was SBP but of course I couldn't get in.

I liked Frances a lot. I loved the interior, service was wonderful, food was great...I had huge expectations and was let down a little bit. The bacon beignets were wonderful. My friend and I got them to split. Then we shared the steak that I saw everyone raving about, and the vegetable casserole with gnocchi. We also shared the cornbread skillet too, it was pretty tasty. The casserole dish was the high light of the meal, the steak was fine, just fine. Those 4 items were served room temp, but more on the cool side, which turned me off. Dessert we shared the chocolate torte....it was good, not great. I'm glad we went, but I wouldn't rush to go back. I forgot to say that the tables are REALLY close to each other. Too close.

The next day a bunch of us of headed up to Napa. I won't go into the wineries we tried ( not great ones ) but I will mention Peju, which I think was awesome!!!!! We had a tasting with a really nice man who was very informative and funny. We all bought 3 bottles and all said it was our fave winery of the day. We didn't have plans for lunch, so on a whim we wound up at Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch in St Helena. LOVED it. ( I wish I chose this place for dinner ) We all had burgers/sandwiches and everyone was saying how great they were. I had a bacon cheeseburger with an egg on top ( my first time ) and it was to die for. Service was great, loved the atmosphere, 2 thumbs way up.

Dinner was Oenotri. I had made reservations a while ago, and I struggled with where to pick. We had 10 people in our group and some people are definitely more adventurous with food than others. Anyway, I picked this place because of location, no set menu, and who doesn't love Italian? We had to wait a half hour for our table, didn't get seated till 9pm. The busboy who came over with water was very cool with us. Our server was fine...we tried to chat and be friendly with him but he didn't care, too cool again for us. The food was great, small portions though...except for the 52 oz rib eye that 3 of my friends ordered to share. They sliced it up and put it on a platter for them with truffle butter, really nice. We had their house made pastas, salads, and pizza. Everyone really enjoyed their food. We all ordered the chocolate torte for dessert. Lots of wine and cocktails...great night...great weekend. I'm stuffed!

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