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Must-Eats: San Francisco, Sonoma, Napa

My fiancee and I will be spending two weekends in San Francisco separated by a week in the Napa and Sonoma valley.

We have reserved at The French Laundry and are planning to eat at Cyrus in Healdsburg, Bouchon and Chez Panisse. We are considering also eating at Zuni Cafe and Slanted Door in S.F. and I definitely want to go to Taylor's Automatic Refresher and CIA in St. Helena.

So my question to the local foodies is this: apart from the restaurants I have named what are the must eat foods in San Francisco, Sonoma and Napa and which restaurants/snack stands/shops are serving them? Please be specific and feel free to comment on our restaurant selections. Money is an object but not an insurmountable one.

Thanks in advance!

Thelonious

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    1. I've always been under-whelmed by the CIA (except the building)...instead I'd recommend ZuZu, Redd and Terra.

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      1. re: Husky

        Terra eclipses everything else in Napa Valley.

      2. Redd is outstanding, and the Restaurant at Meadowood has been completely revamped and is now very very good.
        Gillwoods in St. Helena serves a great breakfast in the mornings (http://www.gillwoodscafe.com). Also try the Calistoga Roastery if you want some delicious coffee, and if you wanted a lighter breakfast then the Model Bakery is perfect (the english muffins are a MUST TRY).
        Also, since you are going to a lot of the really popular restaurants you might want to try something a little different for lunch. Cook and Market are small, local favorites in downtown St. Helena. You wont get the big tourist crowd there, you will see lots of locals enjoying great food.

        1. You can even try "The Girl and the Fig" at Sonoma. They have excellent food, good wine ofcourse and they have a really nice cheese platter too. You can even try "The Dining Room" at the Ritz-Carlton. I went there with my husband for our anniversary dinner, and it was a wonderful experience!

          1. Specific to SF (fancy):
            Ame

            Specific to SF (lunch/snack):
            A good tacqueria- La Tacqueria or Tacqueria Cancun (or, less traditional, Papalote)

            Awesome food in SF:
            Fleur de Lys, La Folie, The Dining Room at the Ritz Carlton (all $$$$)
            Aziza, A16, Delfina (all NOT $$$$)

            Sonoma:
            Farm House Inn (truly world class, $$$)
            Mirepoix (small, romatic, $$)
            Zazu (casual, Sonoma-y, $$)

            Lunch at Oakville Grocery

            Napa:
            Martini House (really nice, $$$)
            Mustard's (classic Napa, $$)

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            1. re: whiner

              I actually thought Redd was hit or miss... some of the dishes were spectacular, some were just alright. If you want a flawless experience in Napa, go to Terra, seriously. You won't be dissapointed... I second Aziza, too. Enjoy!