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What is the best restaurant in the United States-cost no object.

Nov 3rd, 2002, 06:31 PM
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I would be interested in the approximate cost of a dinner for 2 w/drinks and moderate bottle of wine at, say, the French Laundry and White Barn Inn. Thanks. (I'm not the original poster)
 
Nov 3rd, 2002, 11:17 PM
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I spent my 40th birthday at Le Jules Vernes, Tour Eiffel, Paris and the meal was truly awful. One of the worst meals I have ever been served anywhere.
Give me a burger at the golden arches before the horrid mush they serve at
Le Jules Verne!
 
Nov 4th, 2002, 04:45 AM
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Been to many places mentioned and most are wonderful but The French Laundry is the best and most consistant.

http://www.sterba.net/yountville/frenchlaundry/
 
Nov 4th, 2002, 06:01 AM
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For new Dave:
Dinner at the White Barn Inn is prix fixe. It is currently $81 per person, not including tax, tip, and beverage. The moderate wine is appx $50-$75 a bottle. So I'd guess a typical bill for two people would be about $250-$300. I'll let a west coaster report on French Laundry.
To original Dave: Although my meal at the WBI was truly spectacular, I've found destination meals are often a disappointment. I'm not sure why... Does the reputation exceed the actuality? Does the anticipation put a damper on the reality? I think you have a really cool idea, but I would try to hit a gourmet capital for a few days, and then explore several places (and probably add a few pounds!) So, I'd probably consider California Wine Country, Paris and/or Provence, and oddly, Anguilla. Of course, NYC is always an option... but I'm not a city-lover.
Please let us know what you decide! After a casual read, it looks like French Laundry is winning. When are you deciding? And when are you going?

 
Nov 4th, 2002, 06:06 AM
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French Laundry! I have had the pleasure of dining there 3x and each time was flawless in every way! The menu has a few different options but I think dinner for two, with wine (moderate)tax and tip ran us about 400 dollars. The website above has samples of the menus. It brought back memories!
 
Nov 4th, 2002, 06:34 AM
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peter luger's and sparks sorry dudes i like steak
 
Nov 4th, 2002, 07:38 AM
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SA
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The French Laundry, make reservations NOW !!
 
Nov 4th, 2002, 07:59 AM
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Gourmet Magazine ranked Le Reve, a tiny jewelbox of a restaurant in San Antonio, as the best restaurant in Texas last year. I say it's the best in America. Impeccable French food.
 
Nov 4th, 2002, 08:07 AM
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Danna--
My thoughts exactly! I was hoping someone would remind West that he is human also...

Cheers,
Rosie
 
Nov 4th, 2002, 08:07 AM
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FRENCH LAUNDRY!!
 
Nov 4th, 2002, 08:14 AM
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Le Bernardin in NYC is the best!
 
Nov 4th, 2002, 08:21 AM
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Looks like French Laundry is winning here! I have only eaten at a few world-class restaurants, but I liked Everest (Chicago) more than Le Bec Fin (Philadelphia) or Jules Verne (Paris).
 
Nov 4th, 2002, 08:30 AM
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dave,
I can't weigh in on the restaurant...I'm from Boston, where salt cod and beans are gourmet fare(plus, I do enjoy the outback). But enquiring minds need to know...when is your birthday, and how many in this post are within 14 days?
 
Nov 4th, 2002, 09:20 AM
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Went to French Laundry website. Is it prix fixe? Is it $120 per person? Not the most user-friendly site - I found it hard to determine!
Well, Diner Dave, what's it going to be?
 
Nov 4th, 2002, 10:26 AM
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Gerard's at the Plantation Inn in Lahaina on the island of Maui, Hawaii.
 
Nov 4th, 2002, 11:14 AM
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Thanks for the advice!

Talked to a number of people on and off-line about this and decided on the Inn at Little Washington in Washington Virginia. THe place in the Napa Valley (French Laundry) sounds interesting too.
 
Nov 4th, 2002, 11:33 AM
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Excuse me, gc, but salt pork and beans have never been, are not, and never will be gourmet food in Boston.
 
Nov 4th, 2002, 11:39 AM
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Another vote for The French Laundry. The finest dining experience I have ever had. Worth every penny. Prix Fixe at $120 per person. Wine is extra. No wine tasting menu, but half bottles. Sommelier does an excellent job of matching.
 
Nov 4th, 2002, 03:51 PM
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The French Laundry is a wonderful dining experience. My husband's salary makes up for mine thank goodness or else we never would of eaten there. Another restaurant I enjoy is Casanova in Carmel. It's French Italian and much lighter on the pocket book.
By the way I believe either phonically or phonetically are correct.
I do think it would be nice if the President had a greater command of his native tongue.
 
Nov 4th, 2002, 05:36 PM
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Steve
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Not French, but......the Beachwalk Cafe in Destin, Fla......oh my..Tim Creehan is a genius.
 

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