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Recommend destination restaurant for weekend trip?

smiles33 | Nov 19, 200703:14 PM

I'm willing to drive anywhere within 3-4 hours of SF for good food, and since I want to plan a romantic weekend without the baby anyway, I thought I'd ask here for tips on places with great food that are off the beaten path and close to nice lodging. While I want this to be a romantic getaway, the restaurant doesn't have to be the typical "romantic restaurant" with low lighting and fancy linens. I care somewhat about ambience (no hole-in-the-wall places for this trip, though I usually love them), but my bottom line is just really tasty food of any cuisine except Chinese (which I'm super picky about as it was the food of my childhood and because I don't think there are any destination Chinese restaurants beyond SF, the South Bay, and Oakland). And by nice lodging, I mean a cute B&B or cottage, not a motel or chain hotel but we're willing to stay at at a chain hotel if the food is worth it.

We've been to the typical "weekend trip spots" (Napa, Sonoma, Calistoga, Half Moon Bay, Carmel, Monterey, Seaside, etc.) but I'm sure there are other "overlooked" areas with great food.

Thanks in advance!

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