Hello, West Coast 'Hounds. I've been stalking your thread quite a bit over the past few months while trying to put together our eating and drinking itinerary for our upcoming trip from Boston next week.
This is what I've come up with so far- please let me know if I am going down the wrong road with anything or if something else might be better! We are real beer geeks, as well.
Arrive in SF on Sunday 10/4:
lunch- burrito in the Mission
happy hour- meeting some friends at Eos http://www.eossf.com/
dinner- don't know- maybe Eos, maybe something else, maybe wander to the hotel and sack out.
Anchor Brewery Tour
lunch at the Monk's Kettle
dinner at Gary Danko
lunch- Slanted Door (I know it's gotten mixed reviews, but I am intrigued.)
driving up to Calistoga, will likely stop at Moylan's on the way
Calistoga Inn for dinner (it's near our B&B and it will be more mellow than our dinners previous and after. Also, near a brewpub!)
lunch- Silverado Brewing
vineyards- Cakebread, Honig, Schramsberg
brewery- Bear Republic
lunch- French Laundry (!!!!!!)
I know it's weird with their amazing wine selection, but does anyone know if they carry any local beers that they can pair for a course or 2? Also, can you order some non-alcoholic drink pairings and some wine pairings? (I'll be driving, so I want to be careful)
breweries- Russian River, 3rd Street Alehouse
not too much planned at this point (need a little breathing space and room for spontaneity!) except dinner at Ubuntu (the name cracks my software developer husband up Every. Single. Time.)
Brunch at Ad Hoc
Then driving to Mendocino, where we don't have too much planned. I have a list of more low-key casual eateries, but no set plans or reservations (Libby's, Lauren's, Moosse, Piaci Pizza) A couple higher end places I have on my radar are at the Albion River Inn, Restaurant at Stevenswood, and 955 Ukiah.
Vineyards, maybe- Navarro and Husch
Breweries- Ukiah Brewing, Anderson Valley, North Coast Brewing
Wednesday 10/14 we return to San Francisco where we will be dining at Coi for dinner.
Thursday we go home and have a steady diet of thin gruel and water for the following 6 weeks. Or maybe just a fast.
Thoughts? Suggestions? Warnings? Advice for ordering?
I can't even describe how excited we are for this vacation. As you can see, we are going All Out for it- it's our 5 year wedding anniversary and we've been saving and planning for this almost since we got married!
Also, thank you all SO MUCH for your awesome posts and reviews. Very, very helpful.