Dry Creek Kitchen/Hotel Healdsburg
Charlie Palmer, who gained fame in New York City, has this beautiful restaurant and outpost right in the heart of Healdsburg. We took our own wine, consisting of a 2008 Marcassin Estate Chardonnay and a 2009 Martinelli Pinot Noir, and we ordered the gorgeous 2010 Dry Stack Sauvignon Blanc off the attractive wine list.
We loved the ambiance of Charlie Palmer's Dry Creek Kitchen, and the crowd was certainly very attractive. However, the food seemed somewhat indifferent, good, but hardly inspiring or exciting in any way. Service was fine, we had a good time, and I'd go back, but I had expected a slightly more ambitious and creative menu as well as more interest to the cuisine.
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