Monday, August 1, 2016

Ad Hoc - Restaurant Review

This was our second visit to Ad Hoc in Yountsville, but our first experience with their famous fried chicken dinner!

The restaurant was founded by Thomas Keller of French Laundry fame, but the three course prix-fixe menu here is only $52 per person, much less expensive than French Laundry.

Luckily there was space in their lovely outdoor dining area, Addendum. Perfect for a large group with two young children!

I ordered a rosé for the table - the Domaine De Figueirasse Gris de Gris 2015, Languedoc, France - $40 a bottle. A friend chose the Round Pond Sauvignon Blanc 2015 from Rutherford, CA, which was $48 a bottle. Both wines were really lovely!

Apparently it's the "Summer of Rosé" at Ad Hoc + Addendum. When you order a bottle of it, the chef sends you an amuse-bouche. These were polenta fries with a savory sauce. So tasty!

Here was the menu for the evening - Heirloom Tomato Salad, Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Ashbrook Cheese Course, and White Chocolate Pudding. A Smoked Tri-Tip was also available as an add-on for $24.

The Heirloom Salad was so good that it inspired MU to create her own version using the tomatoes from the backyard!

This Buttermilk Fried Chicken is the best fried chicken I've ever had! It was perfectly crispy on the outside and moist and flavorful on the inside. Absolutely the perfect combination, especially with the rosé!

The chicken came with two sides - scalloped potatoes and charred green beans. I'm not sure exactly how they cooked the green beans, but these were the most perfect I've ever tasted! While others enjoyed the scalloped potatoes, our server brought me roasted red potatoes as a dairy-free option - such great customer service!

We ordered two plates of Smoked Tri-Tip for the table to share. It was excellent, and the leftovers tasted just as good the next day.

The Ashbrook cheese course was delicious, but I have to admit that while I liked the cheese, I am a sucker for fig anything and this marmalade made my mouth water! Ashbrook is a pungent washed-rind cheese made from raw milk with a line of vegetable ash running through the middle of it, and it's aged for 10 months.

I didn't try the White Chocolate Pudding, but MU reported that it was amazing!

What a perfect dinner! Gorgeous garden, fabulous food, winning wines, and most importantly, fantastic fun with friends! Just heavenly!

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