The French Laundry seems to have received every culinary award there is including Restaurant Magazine's "Best Restaurant in the World 2003 and 2004." Anthony Bourdain calls it "The Best Restaurant in the World. Period." It's won "The Daily Meals" Best Restaurant in the Country 2 out of the last 3 years. In 2012, Keller and The French Laundry received a coveted AAA Five Diamond Award. Since 2006, it has been awarded three stars in the Michelin Guide to San Francisco.
Naturally, they say that it takes AT LEAST two months to get reservations since they only have 16 tables. Jenny Turknett from the Atlanta Journal & Constitution said she lined up the staff and did 2,600 calls in two days with four phones and couldn't get in. So the week before, I thought I would give it a shot. And I got a reservation at the FRENCH F*#KING LAUNDRY (to be referred to as FFL from here on out) the first time. Game.set. match, I felt like Kenny Powers closing out games in the Mexican League. UNTOUCHABLE.
|This is the Dry Rub Vato, no imitators allowed|
|Let's just say this bill may have my children starting in a community college|
But let me give you this advice, if you can do it. DO NOT make this your first meal in Napa. Every meal afterwards may be delicious (and they were), but they will pale in comparison. I mean look how Billy Joel has done since Christie Brinkley left him.
|The term "outkicking your coverage" may have been invented at this exact moment|
They set up the menu as a tasting menu. Any changes can cost you $75-100 for one course. So you are locked into what they are making. And you'll love it. On this day of July 10th, the FFL started off with their signature "Oysters and Pearls."
|Oysters and Pearls|
|"There's no rule against postal workers not dating women. It just works out that way."|
|Garden Cucumber Salad|
|Sauteed Fillet of Mediterranean Lubina|
|Alaskan King Crab "Boudin"|
|Liberty Farm Pekin Duck "Rillette"|
|Applewood Smoked Bacon-Wrapped Elysian Fields Farm Lamb|
|Andante Dairy "Legato"|
|Santa Rosa Plum Sorbet|
|Speaking of "out kicking your coverage"|
I cannot speak enough about how great this experience was. It was like seeing Led Zeppelin at MSG in 1973, Michael Jordan in the 1996 playoffs and Springsteen in the Meadowlands in 1985 all rolled into one, but with better food.
|"Spent my days with a woman unkind, smoked my stuff and drank all my wine"|
|Don't drive too fast, you may miss it|
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