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Well, was up in Healdsburg this last weekend and ate at Dry Creek Kitchen. This is the new Charlie Palmer place in the new hotel on the plaza. Have to say was underwhelmed. The restaurant itself is beautiful, but noisy. The wine list is very nice, but all Sonoma wines. They have some Marcassin and Kistlers at very high prices (as one would expect). Had a glass of some Sparkling Wine which is made for them, and this is where I wish they had Champagne. Nothing beats French Champagne. Started with seared sea scallop with caviar and then had a trio of soups, only one of which was very good. Then I had the Soft shelled crab with pea shoots. All very nice, but not what I expected of this restaurants' already high reputation. Service is very good and attentive. Then at the end of the meal find out I can't have a Calvados, since they don't have a liquor license. The big beautiful bar is full of wine bottles! Won't return soon.
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