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Alternative to Ad Hoc?

jsgjewels Oct 21, 2008 02:14 PM

I have a reservation for an early sunday dinner to Ad Hoc for an upcoming weekend in the wine country, but was wondering if anyone could suggest an alternative if I don't care for the day's menu. I'm looking for something relatively casual with fantastic but unfussy food. I considered Martini House based on the recommendations here, but the price point is a bit higher than Ad Hoc's and I got the impression the atmosphere might be on the stiff side, though I could be completely wrong there.
Thanks for your help!

  1. Scott M Oct 21, 2008 06:16 PM

    I am working off of the relatively casual and unfussy food comment.

    Possibilities are:
    Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen
    Mustards Grill

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    1. re: Scott M
      jsgjewels Oct 21, 2008 06:23 PM

      Going to Mustard's on saturday! Probably don't want to do 2 Cindy Pawlcyn places in one weekend...

      1. re: jsgjewels
        Scott M Oct 21, 2008 06:31 PM

        Oh, didn't realize.

        Another thought is Celadon.

        500 Main St., Napa, CA 94559

    2. Sarah Oct 21, 2008 06:20 PM

      Bistro Jeanty down the street from ad hoc...

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      1. re: Sarah
        Non Cognomina Oct 27, 2008 11:14 PM

        No no no! Not Jeanty!

      2. Ruth Lafler Oct 21, 2008 07:45 PM

        The Cellar at Martini House is lively and casual. It has a pub-type menu and you can also order off the main menu.

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        1. re: Ruth Lafler
          Non Cognomina Oct 27, 2008 11:15 PM

          I second the Cellar at Martini.

        2. j
          jsgjewels Oct 22, 2008 01:36 PM

          Thanks for all the good suggestions!

          1. d
            ducky Oct 22, 2008 09:04 PM

            Another casual, unfussy option is Market in St. Helena. The owners--until recently--also owned Cyrus in Healdsburg. Very good food, and reasonable prices (especially at lunch).

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