10 Restaurants to Try Before You Die

The French Laundry

Located in the Napa Valley, Calif., The French Laundry has twice been named "Best Restaurant in the World" by Restaurant Magazine. Owner Thomas Keller oversees this French eatery, where a meal for one person costs a fixed price of $250 -- and that doesn't include the cost of wine (which you'll want to sample). Each meal is an amazing nine courses, and is specially selected each day.

Aside from its exquisite food, French Laundry is known for its impeccable service and beautiful decor. The stone building is more than a century old and did indeed once house an actual laundry. Across the road from the restaurant, you'll find the elaborate gardens from which your meal's ingredients were harvested.

Sample Menu Items

  • Oyster and pearls (pearl tapioca with oysters and caviar)
  • Duck foie gras with white honey, huckleberry relish, celery and "graham cracker"
  • Asparagus "en feuille de brick," hen egg omelette, crème fraîche and herbs

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