There’s a fabulous restaurant in town called Fabian’s that’s my go-to for very special occasions.
They are open just a few days a week, have only one sitting (7:30), and seat only 10-15 people. The menu is small and changes every night, depending on what the chef had found locally and fresh. The chef, Bill, was an organic farmer in California for years so he knows quality food. They typically have 5 courses (at least the 3 times I’ve been, it was like this): an appetizer, a soup, a salad, 3-4 entrees to select from, and 2-3 desserts to choose from. They are known for their crispy duck but I have yet to order it; I’m always drawn in by their filet mignon or anything with scallops.
And it’s wonderful for those with food allergies because they are extremely accommodating to dietary restrictions if you give them a heads up when you make your reservation. (And you’ll want to reserve weeks in advance since it books up.) I had a separate appetizer and dessert than everyone else and the chef tweaked the rest of the dishes so we could eat them. It’s a pricey meal, but it’s so worth it. I’ve usually spent over 3 hours eating and drinking wine and having a wonderful time each visit.
I didn’t take my nice camera and didn’t snap pictures throughout the meal because I didn’t want to distract other diners, take away from the ambiance, or interrupt my meal. 🙂 But trust me, it’s all beautiful and delicious. Lots of fresh herbs to add flavor and lots of inherent flavor from using high quality, in-season, local foods.
I had shiitake mushroom risotto, herbed butternut squash soup, local greens with roasted pumpkin seeds, filet mignon, and then a special dessert since I couldn’t eat the pumpkin creme brûlée or chocolate truffle. My dessert course was prunes soaked in cognac and cherries soaked in port with amazing goat cheese.
I was stuffed but I nibbled on my dessert as best I could. It was so good. That was my first time trying cognac – woooooo! Strong stuff but I liked it. 🙂
Definitely check out Fabians if you have something special to celebrate or just want to experience some fine dining in an intimate setting. You won’t regret it. (But be prepared to spend $$$$.)