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Aug 20, 2012 07:34 PM

addendum in Yountville

A friend of mine and I are going for lunch. Should we get one BBQ and one chicken and share? Or should we just both go for the fried chicken. Bottom the BBQ really that good?

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  1. You are speaking of take-out at Ad Hoc, yes?

    Dunno about the BBQ, but the chicken is fricken amazing.

    Addendum is at the back of Ad Hoc; there's a little dining area there.

    Photo is of the fried chicken from the resto in front.

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        1. re: Malcolm Ruthven

          Sort of... It is situated behind Ad Hoc and the menu is limited: always fried chicken and BBQ ribs with (I am sorry to say) rather mediocre side dishes. Very rarely there is a special which has nothing to do with what's being served in the Ad Hoc kitchen.

          1. re: CarrieWas218

            how much is it for a takeout order of fried chicken and does it arrive with sides thanks .

            At Thomas Keller’s Addendum, Only the Fried Chicken’s Good
            By Colleen Hubbard, published on Monday, August 27, 2012

            Thomas Keller's Addendum, the Napa Valley offshoot of Ad Hoc, has a very limited menu: lunch boxes with barbecue or fried chicken (pictured), available Thursday through Saturday. A recent Chowhound discussion had only lukewarm praise for Keller's latest project. While the much-praised fried chicken lives up to the hype, fakebunny says the barbecue ribs are dry and unsauced, and CarrieWas218 thinks the side dishes are mediocre.

            Addendum [Napa Valley]
            6476 Washington Street, Yountville

        2. re: maria lorraine

          I was there last weekend and got both the chicken and the ribs. Chicken was great as usual but the ribs were dry and not sauced. Would skip them next time.

        3. The wait on this past Saturday was something like 45 minutes. It wasn't just us either. All around that beautiful backyard were people looking at each other without any food. I appreciate the fact that the chicken was fried to order (?), but the wait was extreme.

          The chicken was as good as I remembered. The first bite into the dark meat is shockingly juicy, and the faint lemon and rosemary flavors is pleasant. Having had Miss Ollie's very good chicken recently, I'd still take Addendum's.

          The corn bread, potato salad and coleslaw were all subpar. I recall a previous version of the potato salad having very fresh peas mixed in. Not the season now, I know, but these were just new potatoes dressed without anything else.

          1. Maybe I am biased because I love fried chicken -but I really enjoyed it way more than the BBQ.

            1. I posted about the fried chicken at Backyard in Forestville, owned by an Ad Hoc alum. The chickens that Backyard uses are raised on pasture by Felton Acres. Hope someone can compare the two for us.


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              1. re: Melanie Wong

                Thank you so much for this. I'll try to do some field research. Just recently (again) had Ad Hoc's chicken inside the resto. Now, I'll have to try Backyard's. Love the tip for Felton Acres -- will have to purchase direct.

                1. re: maria lorraine

                  That would be great. I have to confess that I've not been on the Napa side of the hill for a couple years now so have missed out on Addendum. Had even toyed with the idea of grabbing a bucket o' Backyard chicken on a Wednesday and meeting you half-way . . . but that would be some day in the far off future.

                  The other pastured chicken you might want to investigate would be Tully Dolci in Petaluma. They're both very good producers.

                  1. re: Melanie Wong

                    Both Felton and Tully are on my radar screen. Will begin tomorrow.

                    Anytime for meeting is fine. We can burn up some of my older Rieslings for fun -- 2001s are drinking beautifully.

                    1. re: maria lorraine

                      Ooooh, ooooh.... I want to share in the Riesling drinking!

                2. re: Melanie Wong

                  Purchased two frozen Felton Acres chickens tonight at the Sebastopol Farmers Market. $31 each at $7/lb.

                  Better be some good eatin' for that. Didn't get to Backyard for Fried Chicken tonight, unfortunately.

                  1. re: maria lorraine

                    Followup on Felton Acres chicken:
                    We puchased two chickens, $31 each.
                    We wished we hadn't. The flavor was bland.
                    We roasted the birds and compared them to
                    Mary's (the air-chilled brand sold at Whole Foods) and
                    Costco's Organic Chicken. The Felton Acres chicken
                    came in last, we are sorry to say. We had hoped for
                    better flavor from a locavore producer.

                    1. re: maria lorraine

                      As Melanie would say, thanks for taking one for the team.

                      1. re: maria lorraine

                        Since I have access to the WF Mary one, I'm glad it measured up. Thanks, m.

                        1. re: c oliver

                          We've split a series of posts about roasting chickens to the Home Cooking board, here: . Enjoy!