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Walla Walla report (long)

dandgchow | May 15, 200603:41 PM

My husband and I ventured to WW this past weekend for the balloon fest. Had some great food, and some not so good. Service in particular was poor (with the exception of 26 Brix) but I expect that was largely due to places being unused to the crowds.

Grapefields- ate there for dinner. Service was TERRIBLE. They were also out of many wines and entrees (including my top two choices). I ordered the special- rockfish en papillote with black eyed peas and coconut milk. Downright weird combination of flavors. Husband's beef tenderloin was far better, if a bit tough. We enjoyed the wedge salad which had excellent bacon and Roquefort. Would not return.

Coffee Connection- breakfast. Again, very poor service. Food was pretty standard. Terrible tea (how do you mess that up?). I had to go to Starbucks afterwards to get something drinkable.

Merchants- just bought some cheese, meat and olive bread for a picnic. Everything was very good- esp. the Roquefort (my favorite).

26 Brix- Excellent service. Very informed and professional. We LOVED the spring vegetable salad with fresh fava beans, white asparagus, golden beets and watercress. Excellent flavors and high quality produce. Entrees were butter poached halibut and the lamb shank. Halibut was cooked perfectly, very tender with a nice crust on the outside and served in a delicious saffron broth. Lamb was well cooked but somewhat tough. Portions were pretty small for the price. Cheese course: don't recall the names unfortunaely. The brie was very good. Served with a delicious plate of honeycomb, dried mission figs and hazelnuts. We got great advice from the sommelier as well. Great dining experience.

El Taco Loco (taco truck)- we had tacos and a torta- both w/ asada. Nice flavors, cheap, friendly.

Wineries- Had very good experiences at L'ecole no 41, Basel cellars, Dusty Valley and Va Piano.

Looking forward to our next visit!

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