I'm moving to the Bay Area after five years away and have started fantasizing about where I will eat. Here are two questions I have.
1. One of the best meals I can remember was the dinner I had at Fleur de Lys maybe six years ago. I was pretty shocked to see it wasn't on Michael Bauer's Top 100 list. Is there general agreement that it is not as good as it used to be? Was there some specific change?
2. I can't imagine eating at a restaurant with the name "The Dining Room at The Ritz Carlton". It sounds like the antithesis of a Chowhound destination. I've never been in a Ritz Carlton, I don't think, but to me they're about exclusivity and fawning employees (who probably wouldn't fawn over me). I guess this isn't really a question, but I'd like people to tell me either: "I felt the same way, but the food there is creative and amazing" or "If you don't like uppity places, you should probably stay away".