The French Laundry

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The French Laundry

Since 1994, the old stone cottage deep in wine country that houses the French Laundry has stood among the holiest of holy grailsnot only for destination dinersbut for aspiring industry pros around the world. Thomas Keller’s influence is inestimable; without him, there’d be no Noma, Alinea, Benu or Frasca Food and Wine, to name just a few whose elaborate prix-fixe tasting menus bear testament to his mentorship. Signatureslike his legendary “oysters and pearls,” are copied endlessly. Of course, if you’re lucky enough to have had Keller’s original amid a grand procession of dishes that celebrate the rarified and earthy alike—be it grilled veal tongue with peaches and cornichon relish or earshell clam tartare in finger-lime aigre-doux—you know that he’s set the standard for immaculate service as well. Yes, you'll be astutely aware of what you paid for the privilege, right down to the last cigar-paired glass of rare Cognac. But it’s a rare grouch who doesn’t walk away feeling like every penny went to a once-in-a-lifetime cause.

By: Ruth Tobias

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Venue name: The French Laundry
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Address: 6640 Washington St
Yountville

Cross street: at Creek St
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Kate W
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Okay, so we didn't actually go here (it's SO HARD to get reservations!). But we stopped by to see the place and walked around the grounds, including the restaurant's incredible garden across the street. There are chickens, bees, and rows upon rows of leafy greens, roots, edible flowers and other delights. The garden is open to the public and a lovely place to while away an hour.