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Sep 16, 2012 05:36 PM

Upcoming San Francisco Treat

I'll be in town for a conference and my girlfriend is tagging along. I'm trying to plan a reasonable itinerary and I think I'm doing a fairly acceptable job though I am always open to ideas. We start in SF and venture into Wine Country on the 4th. We have pretty wide tastes though a penchant for fruit-forward Cabernets and off-dry Chardonnays; we are always open, however, to broadening our horizons. No chance at TFL due to when I found out I was going to SF but we were at Per Se a few months ago so I figure a visit to Kostow is more suitable anyways.

Here's what I have currently:

Oct 2nd
Dinner - Saison

Oct 3rd
Dinner @ Benu

Oct 4th

Lunch - ?
1PM - Elyse Winery
Tentatively, afternoon - Hopper Creek Winery
3:45 - Pride Vineyards
Dinner - The Restaurant at Meadowood - 8:45

Oct 5th

Brunch - Bouchon - 11AM
1PM - Joseph Phelps
2:30PM - ? (was thinking Altamura)

Oct 6th

Brunch/Lunch - ? - 11AM
1PM - Chappellet Vineyards
3PM - Paradigm Vineyards
Dinner - Ad Hoc - 7:15

I'm certainly open to exploring more of Sonoma on the 4th but it will be a little more difficult to squeeze in on Fri/Sat.


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  1. Bouchon is getting tired and recent reports have not been favorable on the service front. Or, if you are craving French bistro fare, Bistro Jeanty is more authentic, affordable, and better tasting. For dinner that night, consider Redd or JoLe.

    You have a really aggressive list of haute restaurants you are going to be hitting and to relieve yourself of palate fatigue, you might consider the tasting menu at Morimoto in Napa or Cook in St. Helena.

    1. You should really try Commis in Oakland - it's superb, reasonably priced and the perfect date place.

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      1. re: StillSparkle

        And you certainly won't be overeating at Commis. Nine bites of food (including the two amuse-bouches) for $75 + wine/tip. Of the nine bites, only two were memorable. I'm glad we went, but for that money there's a lot of other places whose food is just as beautifully executed, more satisfying, more generous, and less self-absorbed. A miniature slice of filet mignon with the indigestible fat cap still attached to make it look bigger? Puh-leeze.

        1. re: jaiko

          For me (small in both size and appetite), Commis is perfect (I went home from Gary Danko with three take-out boxes of leftovers, including dessert), but please identify the "lot of other places" you had in mind--comparable in price, inventiveness, execution, quality of ingredients. Good to keep in mind for my companions with bigger appetites.

          1. re: dordogne

            100% different style all together, but at Chez Panisse you can even get seconds if available.

            1. re: Civil Bear

              Yes, but Commis is more inventive; inside Chez Panisse, it's still 1971 (delicious, but 1971).

      2. Well, here's the updated schedule though now I might try to finagle it further after reading the feedback in this thread.



        12PM - La Corneta
        6PM - Pizzeria Delfina
        8:30PM - Alembic


        8PM - The Slanted Door


        8AM - Knead Patisserie
        7PM - Saison Chef's Counter


        8AM - Dynamo Doughnuts
        6PM - Wilson and Wilson Detective Agency
        8PM - Benu


        maybe addenndum for lunch

        10AM - Aubert Wines
        1PM - Elyse Winery
        3:45PM - Pride Vineyards

        10AM - Del Dotto Vineyards
        1:30PM - Hendry Vineyards
        5:15 - Bottega


        10:30AM - Joseph Phelps Vineyards
        11:45 - Bistro Jeanty
        1PM - Chappellet Vineyards
        3PM - Paradigm Vineyards
        7:15 - Ad Hoc

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        1. re: kronik

          What are you doing for dinner on Thursday after Pride?

          I would suggest - being close to St. Helena at that point, Terra or a jaunt up to Calistoga for JoLe.