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Too much of a good thing?

estarae Aug 2, 2008 04:56 PM

How do you decide when enough is enough? Our trip to Napa/Sonoma really has become all about the food ...can one tire of 'fine dining?' We will be there for 7 nights. So far we have reservations at La Salette, Terra, Farmhouse, French Laundry, Ubuntu and Cyrus. Do I make one more reservation or do you think we'll just want a slice of pizza? And if we do make another reservation where should it be. I was thinking Martini House. Anyway would appreciate any suggestions, comment or criticisms. Thanks!

  1. Carrie 218 Aug 4, 2008 08:34 AM

    To mix it up a bit, for a great pizza in Sonoma, look to the Red Grape (on the square) and for more casual dining in Napa, consider tapas at Zuzu or comfort food at the Bounty Hunter (both in downtown). I think your itinerary is fabulous.

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    1. re: Carrie 218
      estarae Aug 5, 2008 08:51 AM

      THanks for the input. I did make a Martini House reservataion...I just couldn't resist. I have made a few winery appointments....Shafer, Frogs Leap, and Far Niente. I searched other board for winery info but if any chowhounds have suggestions I'd love to hear them. Thanks again!

      1. re: estarae
        maria lorraine Aug 6, 2008 04:24 PM

        Those are three great wineries. You'll love them all.

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      jlafler Aug 3, 2008 01:34 PM

      Sounds good to me! I had a good time at Martini House, though that was a few years ago.

      The one thing I would suggest is watching your alcohol intake at meals, especially if you're going to wineries during the day. I find that overdoing the alcohol over a period of a couple of days isn't good for my appetite.

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        norcalfoodie Aug 3, 2008 11:06 AM

        If you are in Healdsburg for Cyrus you need to check out Madrona Manor

        1. Ruth Lafler Aug 3, 2008 09:10 AM

          I love Martini House -- I say go for it. One thing about the places you chose is that they're all different enough that it won't get monotonous. Just make sure you plan enough physical activities into your days so that you keep your appetite up. And don't overdo the wineries -- as you did with the restaurants, make sure you have a varied selection of high-quality places. I don't know what plans you've made in advance, but since you're going to be there for a week, maybe after couple of days you can re-evaluate and once you have a clear picture of what you want/don't want, call some of the places that are by appointment only.

          1. suebette Aug 3, 2008 06:32 AM

            Your itinerary looks great - I had a great meal at Farmhouse and am heading up to Ubuntu in the next couple of weeks after hearing great reviews. You might like to try Mustard's or Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen for something more casual/fun but still interesting - and you can't go wrong grabbing a burger at Taylor's.

            Mustards Grill
            7399 St Helena Hwy, Napa, CA 94558

            Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen
            1327 Railroad Ave., St. Helena, CA 94574

            Taylor's Automatic Refresher
            644 First St, Napa, CA

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            1. re: suebette
              wolfe Aug 3, 2008 08:19 AM

              Make that an Ahi Burger.

            2. Paul H Aug 2, 2008 09:37 PM

              This is an excellent agenda. I'm jealous. Martini House would be a great addition. They get mixed reviews here, but a lot of folks that I trust have given it stellar reviews.

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                sonomasal Aug 2, 2008 06:13 PM

                If you get up to Geyserville (128 is the back way to Napa County) you might want to try Santi, http://www.tavernasanti.com/, or the newest place up there Diavola Pizza, http://www.geyserville.com/geyservill..., great pizza where they make their own salumi. The saint or the devil! Both are in Geyserville.

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