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Ad Hoc, Terra, Redd- which 2 of 3?

kra81 Jul 27, 2007 03:49 PM

Hi guys. LA Hound has two dinners in Napa- I am choosing between Ad Hoc, Terra and Redd. where would you go? thanks very much...

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    lebelage Jul 29, 2007 03:13 PM

    Go to Terra.

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    1. re: lebelage
      maria lorraine Jul 29, 2007 08:18 PM

      Nothing else is as good as Terra in Napa Valley. For your second choice, my vote would be for Ad Hoc, as a different and homey comfort food dining experience. I've had beautiful meals at Redd, but several posts on this board in the past few months make me wonder if their quality is inconsistent and their chef is slightly off his game. Terra, Ad Hoc.

      1. re: maria lorraine
        FDawson Jul 30, 2007 06:13 AM

        I'm wondering what you've experienced at Etoile', fka Domaine Chandon. I'm planning a trip to Napa in late Sept for the crush and want to really experience some good food.
        By the way, enjoyed your post on the person who just broke up and drank an 01 Etude Cab. You seem quite sage and alive in your approach to life.

        1. re: FDawson
          maria lorraine Jul 30, 2007 04:00 PM

          Nice of you to say so. Thank you.

          Etoile: It seems the Domaine Chandon restaurant has never been able to triumph
          since its days when Philippe Jeanty was there. There was a brief shining moment in 2004-5 with Ron Boyd as chef. His sous chef, Chris Manning, is now chef. I can't really recommend Etoile, and there is absolutely no buzz here in the valley about Etoile being a resto to seek out, as it was in Jeanty's and Boyd's day. In the last few years, the marketing department of Domaine Chandon has tried making the resto and lounge more "friendly" to young people, but the result seems completely misguided and dated -- the lounge theme is more along the lines of an 80s disco (it's embarrassing, really, than the suits thought this would be cool) rather than an elegant fun venue to drink some pretty good bubbly.

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      PulledPork Jul 28, 2007 05:26 PM

      This is a tough call. I've been to all 3 in the last 6 months. Redd was certainly my favorite (mainly because of this pork belly dish they did which was next level). Ad Hoc is a lot cheaper (3 course for like 40 something) and more casual but I had a fantastic meal there. I hate to see it but I'd to Redd and Terra.

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      1. re: PulledPork
        cortez Jul 29, 2007 02:37 PM

        My choice of two: Redd and Ad Hoc. Redd is wonderful for lunch, bar food after 2:30 and for dinner. Can't go wrong.

        For the remaining choice, I think ad hoc is simply more fun that Terra. During my last visit to Terra, the atmosphere was hushed, reverent and a bit boring. No bar scene, no liveliness. Ad Hoc is obviously dependent on the menu of the day. But, the atmosphere is lively and fun. I'll take fun over hushed.

        Have fun.

        1. re: cortez
          drewb123 Jul 29, 2007 02:40 PM

          Redd is amazing must do the tasing and wine pairing was there in May.

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