We are making a trip to SF wine country in August and need chowhounds' advice:
1)Any tips on getting a reservation at French Laundry??
2)Any other Wine Country recommendations of restaurants with good food and preferably outside eating areas (it is such a treat for the English to be able to eat outside!)?
3)Any al fresco eating in San Francisco itself?
4)Good Japanese/Asian places in and around SF (on Chowhound advice went to Lotus of Siam last year - incredible)?
Thanks in advance.