From French Laundry chef extraordinaire Thomas Keller comes another precious culinary destination, this one only a few blocks away in Yountville. Heavier on ambiance and drawing a more casual, late-night clientele, Bouchon bistro is a jewelbox affair. The red- and gold- bathed interior teems with heavy potted ferns and flickering votive candles. The kitchen serves up traditional brasserie-bistro dishes with such high-quality execution that each flavor emerges enhanced, refined, and most certainly seductive. Beth Nickel of Far Niente winery notes its “incredible wine list and a beautiful fresh-seafood bar.” Other favorite staples include roasted chicken in ragout of wild mushrooms, 2-inch high quiche with bacon and onions; and woodsy salad with an egg on top, finished with Keller’s “perfect vinaigrette”. Bouchon has a second outpost in Las Vegas and third to open in Beverly Hills in 2009; but Yountville’s kitchen is the only one with a Michelin star. Next door is Bouchon Bakery, where you can pick up fresh pastries and hot coffee in the morning.