I thought it made sense to have a catchall thread to post about interesting restaurants in town, whether or not they BYO.
I was able to snag a reservation to Schwa without any fuss. I asked whether they had a favorite bourbon to bring and the man who answered laughed and said that it wasn’t necessary because they were all trying to cut back.
Do I bring something for the kitchen anyway?
Any ideas on what wines to bring? I have read that two whites (perhaps one with bubbles and one still) might work best, but I’m toying with the idea of bringing a red Burg because Linda isn’t a huge fan of bubbles.
As for reservations, I had tried for rezzies ages ago and gave up because I hated the process. I called recently and they picked up on my first try and the gentleman who answered was very pleasant. When I asked about dietary restrictions they were very accommodating. I’ll report back after my dinner.
I’d like to try Elske. Food looks great and it’s $80 for the tasting menu and $45 for a wine pairing. Plus you can offer a la carte, which is nice when you’re limited, like I am.
Congrats on Schwa! We took a white and a red - and they served a few things with courses the night we were there so that was a good amount. We took a mini-keg of Bell’s Oberon from Plum Market which was appreciated.
I’ve been out of town so much - and my dir/sil chefs are off in Seattle, soon to be Mammoth Lake - so I’ve been missing all the new spots. Will be following this thread closely. I do continue to enjoy meals at Kitchen and lunch at Bernie’s but need to branch out again.
I did Schwa last year and took a bottle for the kitchen as well as bubbles a white and 2 reds. Do not be surprised to see your wine hat you brought being poured for another table. Food is excellent. Atmosphere is contagious. hard not to have fun.
+100 on Oriole. Late Oct, week before Michelin announcement. Not a mis step in the entire menu, excellent wine pairings, flawless service and a hint of magic in the air. Definitely an Experience. One of our top three or four meals ever.
I’ll never go back. It is interesting and very tasty, but the wine service at Schwa was so poor (the worst I’ve ever experienced at a fine dining restaurant) that I just cannot justify returning.
I brought 4 bottles, not intending to go through them all (there were only two of us after all). They whisked the my wine bag, containing the bottles, in the back telling me they’d take care of it. I was asked whether we wanted to start with the White Burgundy or the Pinot – I said White Burgundy (“good choice”) and the Pinot appeared two courses later.
After we had finished the sixth course, a server/cook appeared and said that he was serving us the Champagne we brought because it would go well with the course…that we had just finished. We weren’t asked whether we wanted the wine opened. Nope, it was too late in the meal and it was clear the two of us weren’t going to come close to finishing the two bottles that were already open. So in addition to popping a bottle that shouldn’t have been opened, it was served too late in the meal (after the course had been consumed) and they didn’t refill our glasses, so basically it was a wasted of an expensive bottle. The desert wine was never served and wasn’t in my wine bag when we got home. Basically $150 of wine down the drain.
I get that service isn’t their gig. But if you say you’re going to handle the wine service, a basic level of competence is required. Never again.