Calm Down (The French Laundry, Yountville, CA)

Yes, The French Laundry does make for a memorable meal, but I don't think it's the tantric orgasm that many make it out to be. To be fair, however, I thought the meal was comparable to the one at Sona, but a pinch short of those found at Alain Ducasse or Pierre Gagnaire.

One noteworthy item: the pork belly. So goddamn good I knocked over my glass of water when my boner hit the bottom of the table.

Is it worth $600 (for two) and an annoying drive up to Napa to sample the 3-Michelin Star menu? I suppose, if you've never been and want to experience fine French dining without having to fly to Paris. Otherwise, it's just somewhere to go to say that you've been.

Like that time your buddy asked you to show his sister around town because he was working late and somehow you two ended up barhopping, doing Jgerbombs and then hooking up. It's not like it was planned, but at least now you can die knowing that you did!

Entire course in photos here.

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