It was one of those rare dining experiences when every little detail was perfect. It wasn't fancy—no white gloves, no snobbery. The waiters wore converse and jeans and didn't laugh when I asked them what exactly a "sweet bread" was. (F.Y.I. It's thymus gland, an epicurean treasure that tastes kinda like chicken.)
Here's what we ate:
Butter Lettuce Salad with Bacon, Olives, and Blue Cheese
Beef Prime Rib with Buttermilk Onion Rings and Crispy Potatoes
Fried Sweetbreads with Egg
Apple Tart with Caramel Sauce and Vanilla Ice Cream
There was some crispy asparagus, a cheese course, and of course a wine pairing. (I used to think wine pairings were for snobby, pretentious mo-fos, but they're actually quite transcending if done right.)
It was a meal that made me feel so happy and so fulfilled that I just had to share the experience. If you're ever in Yountville, and don't have $800 to spend at French Laundry, try Ad Hoc for a night you'll never, ever forget.