Monday, November 22, 2010

Chicken sandwich and truffle fries @ Norman Rose Tavern

After all day of wine tasting in Napa Valley, a quick snack was needed to east off the buzz.  Once again thanks to my Micheline Guide, I pointed to Norman Rose Tavern, a gastropub known for "classic, American comfort food". I went there searching for a tasty, crispy buttermilk fried chicken.

Though it was crispy, I didn't find that their buttermilk chicken sandwich was that well seasoned.  The meat wasn't juicy and succulent either.  The watercress salad, or whatever it was sitting on, was drenched in creamy peppercorn mayo.  Don't get me wrong, it wasn't bad.  It was just..... mehhh...., coming from a fried chicken lover.   I thought it was a bit steep paying $10.95 for an average chicken sandwich with no sides. Definitely incomparable to the Naked Lunch fried chicken sandwich, but a whole lot better than Wendy's. 

The next item I jumped on was the truffle & parmesan fries ($7.95)!  These were fresh crispy fries with truffle essence, topped with melting grated parmesan.  Okay, those were delicious.  I devoured the plate and have nothing bad to complain.

The Norman Rose Tavern on Urbanspoon

Valuable lesson learned here:
Overall, my dining experience in Napa Valley were only okay, though it could've been much more amazing. For example, I should've taken suggestions and went to Ad Hoc, a part of Thomas Keller restaurant group, back in Yountville.  I didn't learn until much later they also make killer fried chicken than Norman Rose Tavern, or anywhere around this area, and at much better value than Bouchon (cry). As my foodie friends responded, "we didn't tell you to go to Bouchon, we said Bouchon BAKERY" T ^ T Well if I did, I probably would also have a better posts to write about.  Rather than listening to a book, always trust your fellow foodies. They know best. Indeed it was a valuable, though wasteful, learning experience from a new foodie that I would like to share with everyone! 

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