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Hop on this train and experience a first-class meal and fine wines as you tour wine county. The train offers a champagne brunch, casual lunches and fancy dinners. It is ideal for romantic dinners, executive parties and tourist excursions. The train's decor is elegant, though daytime travels are casual. Take in the sights both outdoor and indoor: mahogany, brass and etched glass in the restored 1917 Pullman Dining Car. At the McKinstry Street Station starting point, you will find a handful of charming little shops that specialize in wine (of course), gourmet foods and gifts.
On the ground level of Sonoma Hotel, The Girl & The Fig offers scrumptious, French-influenced delicacies. The decor is casual and laid back but can get loud when the crowd streams in. From the Steak Frites and Panisse Cake, to the Top Sirloin Burger and Croques Monsieur, each item on the menu guarantees a scintillating experience. The menu changes weekly, so you are always assured of delicious, innovative dishes crafted using ingredients at the height of their season. Moreover, the bar has a great selection of French wines and cocktails.
Nestled in the wine county, Sonoma, Depot Hotel offers guests an extensive wine list , with a tantalizing Italian fare to go along with it. A hotel from the late 19th Century was transformed to house this restaurant, its wine cellar and garden, which is a great place to feast on food, or a fabulous venue to host your private event. Huddled between the Sonoma State Historic Park, Arnold Field and Sonoma Square, this restaurant is situated in a prime location, that is popular among tourists.
Fans of Thomas Keller's French Laundry (conveniently located just down the street) will enjoy the more casual Bouchon on Washington Street in Yountville. This affordable fine-dining establishment serves delicious French bistro treats with a warm Epi baguette. If you can't get a table, try sitting at the bar and getting a drink or enjoying oysters flown in from around the world. The simple menu (served for both lunch and dinner) contains classic bistro dishes, such as Steak Frites, Lamb, Mussels, Croque Madames and Roasted Chicken. Be sure to save some room for dessert! Try the Mousse au chocolat noir or the Profiteroles for a taste of delicious French sweets. Bouchon is often very busy, so be sure to book ahead, especially for parties larger than four.
Foodies from all over the world flock this romantic jewel in the Napa Valley, considered to be one of the most outstanding restaurants in the world. The exquisite American-French food defies description or convention. Chef Thomas Keller takes care to use as much produce from the restaurant's own private garden as possible, as well as making sure no ingredient is repeated anywhere on the nine-course daily tasting menus. The French Laundry's extraordinary food is exceeded only by its excellent service. Patrons are always impressed by the breath and depth of knowledge of Master Sommelier Paul Roberts, whose recommendations are as tasteful as they are informative. A table at the French Laundry is a heavily coveted prize, so make sure to reserve far in advance.