Napa: Addendum

Ever since Queen G told me about Addendum, I wanted to go.  Easier said than done.  

First of all, I rarely ever go to Napa.  And as someone who doesn't drink, it's hard to justify making the trip up there just to eat at a restaurant.  Even one that's part of the Thomas Keller restaurant family.  (Unless, of course, you're planning on dining at French Laundry.  In that case, it's entirely justifiable.  No question about it.)

Secondly, Addendum isn't open all the time.  It's only open in the spring and summer months and even then, only for lunch (11:00am to 2:00pm) Thursday through Saturday.

The stars aligned for T's pre-birthday Napa trip.  It was a Saturday.  In April.  And we were going to be there for lunch.  I could barely contain my excitement.

To be on the safe side, I pre-ordered our food via email the day before and then confirmed the order over the phone.  Super easy.

As I mentioned in the previous post, our original plan was to fit in a winery in-between the bakery and lunch.  Unfortunately, breakfast took a bit longer than anticipated and because we didn't want to miss our pick up time, we headed straight to Addendum after Model Bakery:

Addendum is tucked behind the parking lot of Ad Hoc, the main restaurant.  If you follow the sounds of people enjoying themselves, you'll find Addendum's one room shack:

All the food is prepared in the Ad Hoc kitchen.  Just place your order at the window, stake out a picnic table, and wait for your bag of goodies to come.  No plates and cloth napkins here.  Only take out boxes and disposable silverware.  Love it.

For $16.80, you can choose between two main entrees.  The buttermilk fried chicken (3 pieces):

Or the pulled pork and pork ribs:

Both come with cornbread and two other sides.  On the day we went, there was potato (rainbow!) salad:

And baked beans:

I wasn't wowed by the sides, but I was FLOORED by the fried chicken.  The breading is thick and crispy and fragrant with rosemary.  The chicken itself is seasoned and so very juicy.  As in really, really juicy.  As in Lord-I-want-some-right-now juicy.

The bbq option was also fantastic.  Those ribs...that pulled pork...that cornbread soaked in all that pork juice...holy moly.

Bless you, Addendum.  Bless you, Thomas Keller.  Just bless you.

As if all that wasn't enough, we made a pit stop at Bouchon, Thomas Keller's bakery, after Addendum for some sweets.  Only after that did we deign to check out a couple of wineries.  

I could care less about the wineries.  In my mind, my day ended at Addendum.

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