What better way to follow up an extravagant meal at Meadowood than with an extravagant brunch at Redd?! Although going on a Michelin-starred restaurant spree wasn't in the plan, I was in Napa with nothing but time and wasn't going to settle for scrambled eggs. And, since I didn't have a backup reserve of Knead with me, I figured I'd settle on a couple of pastries from Nicole Plue, the Beard winner for best pastries in the country.
Luckily I caught her before she headed out to showcase her talents at Cyrus, because damn those pastries were good! The pretzel croissant was perfectly crisp on the outside, light and airy on the inside, and put most other croissants to shame. The morning bun filled with dark chocolate was decadent and dangerous - it would be easy to devour a few of them before coming up for air and realizing what had happened. And who knew that a pop tart didn't have to taste like cardboard?! In Plue's version, rock-hard dough was replaced with a soft, flaky shell filled with fresh, seasonal fruit (huckleberries and apple). It was playful, delicious, and gone in 5 seconds flat.
After filling up on pastries, we decided to follow them up with a couple of light selections: the hangtown fry and the steak and eggs with onion rings. I'm a huge fan of omelets, and my hangtown fry (an omelet stuffed with fried oysters, onion, and pancetta) was one of the best I've had in recent memory - moist and perfectly cooked. Meanwhile the steak and eggs, while not entirely my kind of breakfast, was melt-in-your-mouth tender and came with a side of some of the most perfect onion rings I've ever encountered.
Finally, we couldn't turn down dessert: roasted apple tart with crema catalana and sweet fennel ice cream. Although I wasn't a huge fan of the fennel ice cream, it definitely tasted the way it was meant to taste. And the tart itself was nothing less than what you would expect: flakey, perfectly crisp, and delicious.
Although Redd has been on the list of places to try for a long time, the execution of brunch moved it up to the top. Next time I find myself in Napa with nothing but time, I know where I'm headed.
6480 Washington Street
Yountville, CA 94599
Those are some pretty captivating pictures! I can't wait to visit again one day soon! Would you consider SF as a child friendly city?
Hey Vivian - thanks for the note. I definitely think SF is child friendly - lots of cultural activities, outdoor areas (the park was my fav. thing as a little kid!), baseball games, etc... I haven't seen a lot of kids out at the restaurants I visit, but there are plenty of delicious neighborhood restaurants that are filled with families on the weekend - Noe Valley's eateries are very kid friendly =)
Went to Redd once before and walked out - the service was inept and the bait 'n switch they pulled comparing the online menu to the lunch menu in the restaurant was downright dastardly.....foie gras replaced by tuna tartare and a truffled croque replaced by a hamburger.....booo. Ended up at Bistro Jeanty and ate so much heavy food I had to take a nap in the car before dinner at Ad Hoc.
This review makes me consider a second visit to Redd - though Ubuntu seems to be calling as well. Decisions decisions.
Sorry to hear that about Redd! That's really a different experience than I've had the 2 times I've been. I did check their online menu the times I visited and it matched up with what they were serving, so maybe you were there on a day where they had just changed? I would definitely reconsider going! Again, I can only personally recommend brunch as I've never been for dinner, but it's been excellent every time. Ubuntu is on my list as well, but from conversations with other people, I'm not sure there's much of a gap between the two. I hope you give Redd a 2nd chance!