Hello. NYC hound here. I've been fortunate enough to get reservations for French Laundry in July. Hooray! Loved Per Se, but we have heard reports that French Laundry is better. We're constantly reminding ourselves to not have too high of expectations as we're planning a weekend trip around this reservation and celebrating DH's 40th. We'll be staying in one of the spas at Calistoga. This is what we have so far:
Fri Lunch -- French Laundry
Fri Dinner -- Ubuntu
Sat Lunch -- La Mixteca
Sat Dinner -- Cyrus (I realize it's about an hour's drive from Calistoga)
Sun Lunch -- ?
Sun Dinner -- Relatives in the Bay area; Leaving on the red-eye back to NYC
All of the reservations have been made. I'm not too concerned about Sun dinner as we'll go wherever DH's grandma wants to go. She's 96 so wherever she can make it is fine by us. But I'm having a bit of an issue with Sun lunch. I've narrowed it down to these choices:
I was originally thinking about Bouchon or Bistro Jeanty, but I gather I could get that type of food in NYC. So I'm more concerned of eating at a place that's more "Californian" -- or at least more difficult to find in NY. If anybody can present a strong argument for either bistro, I'm willing to consider it. Not the hugest fans of typical brunch food (eg. omelets, pancakes, etc.) unless it's very creative or different from the standard brunch dishes. Eg. To me, Boonfly's green eggs and ham probably would qualify as being a bit more creative but their two eggs with hashed browns, bacon or ham wouldn't. We don't wear sweatsuits or Tevas so I'm not too concerned about dress code. I'm also figuring that Sunday brunch in the Napa valley, even at dressier places, is probably very relaxed. Points for a nice outdoor setting but not necessary. And if anybody has any recs for certain dishes or other restaurants not on the list, I'd appreciate hearing them as well.