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try AMEX for TFL
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try AMEX for TFL

Sure worked for me and some restaurant no one in the Dinner thread has ever heard of or been to.
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The mention of the latter is interesting and I find it VERY hard to believe that no one would know it. Someone has to know, what is this mystery restaurant? Is it French?
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Delicious. Didn't know I like merlot
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The mention of the latter is interesting and I find it VERY hard to believe that no one would know it. Someone has to know, what is this mystery restaurant? Is it French?

Hard to tell if French. Seating rather reminded me of a sushi bar.
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Didn't know I like merlot

dude.
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matth8 aside, TFL is way better than meadowood, whose claim to 3* I find dubious.
I had dinner at Meadowood a couple of years ago on the advice of a very fat restauranteur from Tennessee, who I ran into at Dean and Deluca and had an impromptu chat with. He told me he comes to Napa once a year and eats his way through the valley. It was his opinion at the time that the cooking at Meadowood was approaching FL levels but at about a third the cost. Based on my one meal there, I'd say he was pretty spot on. I found the cooking to be great, the menu interesting and well executed, and I liked the room. They also had one of those weird Riedel decanters that looks like a snake, has two "chambers" and you have to swirl the wine into the upper chamber before you can pour it. I felt sorry for the server trying to operate that thing. He said it came with an instructional video. Anyway, I thought the food was top notch. Their sous chef has moved to Princeton to be the chef at Mistral (a small plates place opened by Scott Anderson of elements fame, maybe the most overrated restaurant I've ever been to, but that's another story) which I am trying Friday night. It's BYO, so that should be a plus.
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I don't think either TFL or Meadowood is any great shakes based on my most recent experiences at each.
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Well they're no Boulette's Larder, that's for sure.
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My last time at Meadowood they had moved to a granola heavy menu with lots of rocks punctuated by the various cooks pouring stuff at the table. The only thing non-Nomaesque was the lack of live critters to eat. It was disappointing. If they follow Pellegrino and start to mimic Can Roca, at which I had a phenomenal dinner two weeks ago, I will drive up to Napa a few times a year.

I seem to end up at TFL once a year and haven't had a memorably positive experience in a long time.

Boulettes Larder is opening a restaurant of some sort. The notice up outside about how tired they were and how hard life is made my day.
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My meal at Meadowood was a lot more straightforward than yours sounds, which personally I prefer. I don't really enjoy theatrical dining. Unless Manton wants to perform a few show tunes, which I enjoy.
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My mother has named this type the "Dancing Chefs." I'll get a text from her something like "just ate at Arpege. Chef in dining room a lot. Hope he isn't turning into a dancer." I can't stand it. I do like granola, being a native here, but I really hope a lot of these restaurants can now move away from twigs and acorns.
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, but I really hope a lot of these restaurants can now move away from twigs and acorns.

You're just not wild and pure. Either that, or you've not yet tried Japanese twigs and acorns.
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You're just not wild and pure. Either that, or you've not yet tried Japanese twigs and acorns.

I don't know if I have mentioned this before, but at the Wild and the Pure, if you are late for your reservation they start docking you courses. Last time we went, we were looking for parking out front, about two minutes late and we get a call from the hostess telling us that if we aren't at the restaurant in time for the first course we just won't receive it. I guess they have decided that they can only run each course through the kitchen once in the night. Anyway, like fucking dumbasses my wife and I said "oh sure, sorry, we're just outside, wait for us." I hate that place.
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