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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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  1. Thanks for the report, Hunter. I think I'm going to have to put Acquarello on my "must try" list. Maybe for my birthday.

    Rare Ahi tuna burger and garlic fries is making my mouth water!

    1. Hunter - thanks for the report - as a fellow Portlander I trusted that you would cover the chowhounding for all of us up here and I see that you have. Loved your comment about the brewpub - so true - I feel all out of sorts until I find a brew pub whether I be in Tempe, El Paso or Bar Harbor, Maine.

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      1. re: Amy B

        It's a tough life but somebody's gotta live it!

      2. Nice to hear that Plumpjack is still good after a chef change. Thanks for the update.

        1. Thanks for the report. I was somewhat disappointed with Delfina as well. 21st amendment has a great burger. Have not been to Plumpjack since 1999 but their wine list was great then.

          Carlisle Zin is fantastic, and a great bargain. If you are on their mailing list you can get all of their Zinfandels at futures prices. Well worth it.

          1. Plumpjack had a glowing write-up in the San Francisco Chronicle this morning, 3.5 stars overall, of 4 possible! But nothing much was said about the winelist, so thanks for the info on the by-the-glass-wines!

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            1. re: GBolin

              Never worry about the wine list at PJ's. It's one of the cheapest in the city (fantastic wine, dirt cheap - ain't life grand?)