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Summary of Bay eating trip

Hunter | Jan 30, 200205:37 PM

A quick summary of 5 days eating and drinking in the Bay:

DELFINA - Disappointing, a little below where I expected them to be. Ran out of braised ribs at 8:30 on Saturday night. VERY crowded. Good service though and the tripe was pretty darn good.

21st AMENDMENT - I know, it's just a brewpub, but to Oregonians, that's our life. Wonderful burgers.

ACQUARELLO - Wow. Wonderful wine service, everything decanted, nice stemware. Great ridged pasta in fois gras and truffle sauce, veal and proscuitto wrapped in flaky pastry and lamb chops in fantastic thick black truffle sauce. The ultimate however, was the vanilla gelato in aged balsamico.

FAIRMONT bar - great single vineyard designation by-the-glass list.

GLEN ELLEN INN - Always a classic. Just good, simple food.

PLUMPJACK - Wonderful by-the-glass list (basically at cost) and really good chestnut tagliatelle (sp?) with duck confit and duck broth.

MUCCA - New sister to Globe in Glen Ellen. Good food and service in a really great old building about half a mile from Jack London Park.

TAYLOR'S REFRESHER- This is still one of my favorites. It's a little burger stand in St. Helena across from Tra Vigne. Serves the best damn ahi burger in the world. Inch and a half thick, rare - $8.99! Robert Parker named them as one of the best 5 meals he had a year or so ago. Great garlic fries and shakes too.

All in all, a great trip. Even the ZAP festival was a treat this year. Some winners in the mix (Neyers, Hartford, Titus - Napa, Carlisle).

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