Napa Valley has its share of well-regarded restaurants - and more than a few with macarons from the Rubberman. Unfortunately, as we started planning this trip too late, I wasn't able to take the Parental Units to the French Laundry... or get into the Meadowood. In the end I picked a couple of places out of curiosity... which didn't turn out so well.
After our visit to Colgin Cellars' IX Estate, we drove north to Calistoga for lunch at Solbar. The place is attached to the Solage Calistoga - a spa resort. The concept of a "healthy" restaurant with a macaron intrigued me, and since it was just down the road from Araujo Estate, this turned out to be the perfect venue.
The Parental Units and the godparents all wanted to eat light, so everyone ended up taking just one course... except me, of course! I had to have two courses so I could try more dishes here.
My food was decent, but a Michelin star? Hmmm...
The sun was still out by the time our 5:30 p.m. seating came around, and thank to the weather we chose to sit indoors. While the old fogeys took the basic 3 courses, I decided to take the 6-course tasting menu by myself.
Frankly, this was a very disappointing meal. Poor execution, WTF concepts, less-than-fresh ingredients... I gotta wonder what the Michelin people were thinking. If this place is good enough to have a star, then I gotta thank my lucky stars that I have easy access to places like the Mandarin Grill + Bar... because I'll take Uwe's cooking any day.