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San Francisco/Napa 40th Birthday Trip - June 7/8/9/10

country mouse | Apr 10, 201208:19 AM

We're coming from Vermont to San Francisco for 2 days, Napa for 2 days, and I have two questions for this most esteemed board:

1. We have a lunch reservation at the French Laundry on Saturday, the 9th. We originally planned to spend Saturday and Sunday nights in Napa - should we stay in Yountville? (Do we need to spend Friday night too? FL is at 11:30 am.) I found what looks to be a somewhat nicer place to stay in Calistoga, but for convenience - any thoughts on the best location to position ourselves in Napa, given that we're doing the FL lunch thing on Saturday, probably doing wineries on Sunday? Thoughts on where to eat Sunday?

2. Can I get your best, cheap, unpretentious but awesome recommendations in SF for breakfast and dinner to provide the counterpoint to our Keller experience on Saturday? I'm a public defender, and I have every intention of loving the French Laundry, but given our budget, if we could be pointed to the opposite extreme in deliciousness for the beginning of our trip, I'd be most appreciative.

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