'Yountville' on Serious Eats

First Look: All the Cocktails at Ad Hoc, Yountville, CA

If you've been tasting wine all day in Napa or Sonoma, by sunset you might be ready for a change of pace. Ad Hoc, Thomas Keller's family-style restaurant in Yountville, recently got its liquor license, and the team, including Bar Manager Christian Schnurr, Sommelier and Assistant GM Jessica Pinzon, and GM Josh Blackman, has been busy perfecting a Keller-approved 6-item cocktail list that just made its debut. We took the launch as an excuse to head up to wine country to check it out. More

Redd Wood in Yountville: A Pizza Destination in Napa Valley

When we editors are out on eating tours, like we did with Ford Escape in Napa a few weeks ago, we tend to map out our own itineraries. But Serious Eats overlord Ed Levine does chime in with opinions from time to time—and when he does, they tend to be pretty spot-on. "Redd Wood is Richard Reddington's new pizzeria," he emailed us. "I just met him [in Los Angeles] tonight. I had apps at his other restaurant in Yountville, Redd, and they were really good. I bet his pizza is pretty damn good. You should try it." More

Two Great Lunches in Wine Country: Oakville Grocery and Tacos Garcia

[Photographs: Carey Jones] Grilled turkey sandwich, or beef cheek tacos? Drive along California's Route 29, through the heart of Napa Valley, and you'll pass by any number of superb restaurants—fertile soil, world-class wine, and the people who love said wine create an excellent climate for fine dining. But when you're looking for a quick lunch, not a Michelin adventure, options can seem a bit slim. Here are two of my favorite, under-$10 eats in wine country, after the jump.... More

Fried Chicken Battle: Ad Hoc vs. SPQR

Photograph of Ad Hoc's fried chicken from niallkennedy on Flickr Thirsty Reader reviews the fried chicken from fine dining restaurants Ad Hoc in Yountville and SPQR in San Francisco. Conclusion: SPQR slightly surpasses Ad Hoc for its super crispy skin. Related San Francisco Chronicle's Michael Bauer: Five Great Bay Area Dining Experiences Thomas Keller's fried chicken?... More

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