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jacquline Apr 23, 2008 02:51 PM

I will be in SF for 3 days and Napa for 2 days. I am looking for suggestions on how best to manage my lunch and dinner plans to maximize the great dining experiences the Bay Area offers.

So far I have reservations/plans for:
Napa - Dinner at Redd
SF - Dinner at Sushi Ran
Lunch/Dim Sum at Koi Palace

And of course, I need to get my In and Out fix while I'm out of the west coast....

I am looking for a mix of fine to mid range dinner to 'cheap eats'. I love ethnic foods - Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean - not sure what is the most authentic type of eats out there,

For those who are familiar with the NYC dining scene, I'm including some of my favorite restaurants to help guide any suggestions. Craft, Momofuku empire, Apizz, Sushi Yasuda, Aburiya Kinnosuke, Eleven Madison Park, Tia Pol, Otafuku, Chikalicious, Mary's Fish Camp, Norma's..

Thanks in advance!!!!

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    jenniferking99 Apr 23, 2008 03:17 PM

    I grew up in Napa and lived in the bay area for 22 years. My long-time favorite in the valley is the Rutherford Grille. It's on Hwy 29 between Yountville and St. Helena. Their specialty is rotisserie chicken and have fabulous ribs as well. The sides are just as good. The wild rice salad and cole slaw are to die for and the roasted artichoke appetizer is great. This has been my favorite for years. They don't take reservations, so there's usually a short wait, but it's pretty casual and they have a great bar and nice outdoor patio. This restaurant is a lot less pretentious than many of the restaurants in Napa, it is a local favorite that has withstood the test of time, with so many trendy restaurants opening and going out of business soon after.

    The oyster bar at Bouchon is one of the best in the bay area. Also, Bouchon has a cafe next door to the restaurant that makes fantastic coffee and macaroons.

    For lunch, my hands-down favorite is Cooks in Saint Helena. Last time I was there I had a risotto dish with scallops that I regularly fantasize about....

    I ate at Redd once and was very impressed. I got the taster menu and many of the dishes were sashimi based and delicious.

    Have fun! OOohhh.... can't wait to visit again.

    1. farmersdaughter Apr 23, 2008 03:15 PM

      You listed Sushi Ran in SF but it's in Sausalito, across the Golden Gate Bridge in Marin County and not in SF. Just in case you weren't aware.

      1. steve h. Apr 23, 2008 03:12 PM

        put incanto on your list. consider a16.

        1. Robert Lauriston Apr 23, 2008 03:11 PM

          You might check out some of the recent topics with tips for other New Yorkers:

          http://www.chow.com/search?search%5Bquery%5D=title%3Any&Search.x=17&Search.y=6&search%5Bclass_names%5D=Topic&search%5Bboardgroup_id%5D=1&search%5Bfrom%5D=1+year+ago&search%5Bsort_mode%5D=descending&search%5Bboard_id%5D=1

          http://www.chow.com/search?search%5Bq...

          1. Ruth Lafler Apr 23, 2008 03:07 PM

            There are several ongoing discussions about Napa on the board at the moment -- you might want to do a search, or even a control-f for the threads still on today's page.

            Of the ethnic cuisines you mentioned, Vietnamese is the one that's a standout. Thai is only okay; Chinese really depends on what you're looking for and where you're willing to go; Korean is great if you want to hop on over to Oakland (on BART, if necessary) and hit Oakland's Korean district. But honestly, for as short a visit as you have, you should stick to the local (i.e. California, and Cal-Fusion) cuisine.

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