Foodie Friday: Ad Hoc – Napa, CA

Happy Friday! I like to end the work week with food posts that inspire me to enjoy life, eat well, and stay hungry. Is there a fun new restaurant you’re trying this weekend?

While in Calistoga for a wedding, husband and I had a double date dinner one night in Napa with friends. We finally went to Thomas Keller’s Ad Hoc! If you want to eat at a Keller restaurant without breaking the bank, Ad Hoc is the much more laid-back and affordable brother to the French Laundry.

Ad Hoc changes its menu daily, which blows my mind. It takes so much skill and experience to perfect a meal in one shot!

Refreshing summery watermelon salad to start.

In addition to the pre-fixe menu, we ordered some steak skewers, and they were a very good idea.

The main dish was juicy pork chops that had so much flavor, especially near the bone. Food is served family style, so go with people you’re comfortable sharing food with. 😉

A beautiful cheese plate with some fruit, nuts, and honey is always delightful. This set up is also easy to duplicate at home, which we do often for an appetizer plate when entertaining.

These lemon meringue pie in a jar were adorable and yummy! They look like something off of Pinterest. 😉 I may have to duplicate them (and by that, I mean my results will turn out more like this meme)…

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  1. August 23, 2013 / 11:11 am

    Just came across your lovely blog! I am actually from Sonoma Co are you from Napa? Just wanted to say hello 🙂

    • August 24, 2013 / 8:02 pm

      Hello! I'm actually from Seattle, WA but was just in the Napa area for a wedding 🙂

  2. August 23, 2013 / 2:09 pm

    the food looks delicious and the presentation is jaw dropping!

  3. August 23, 2013 / 3:31 pm

    Your photos are beautifully taken! And those foods look delish!

  4. August 23, 2013 / 6:57 pm

    Happy Friday! Food is aways a good way to end the week. Love a good pre-fixe menu and that watermelon salad looks delicious! xx Kat

    Love and Ace

  5. August 23, 2013 / 8:23 pm

    I'm not trying out any new restaurants this weekend, but I do get to see my grandmother, so that means really good, home cooked classic stuff from my childhood (I'm very excited.) It's so neat to see the lemon meringue pie in a jar and it looks delicious to boot. Hope you've been having a good week! xx

    • August 24, 2013 / 8:02 pm

      There is nothing like good home cooking. Enjoy your time with your grandmother!

  6. August 23, 2013 / 8:58 pm

    Wow that place does look awesome! When your back in Seattle check out Eat Local. It is not a restaurant but a meals to take out place of local organic food. It is my friends place and it is doing phenomenally well.

    Ali of

    Dressing Ken

    • August 24, 2013 / 8:04 pm

      Hey Alicia! That's cool your friend owns Eat Local! We've checked it out a few times, but haven't gotten anything yet. I'd love your recommendations for the must-haves there.

  7. August 24, 2013 / 3:42 am

    Ugh, I've been wanting to go to Ad Hoc! I hear their fried chicken is amazing. I tried to get take out from Addendum once but they were sold out by the time I got there D:

    Love your outfit and your hair, it's super perfect for Napa 🙂



    • August 24, 2013 / 8:01 pm

      I want to try the fried chicken at Addendum too! Next time… 🙂

  8. August 25, 2013 / 10:48 am

    wow, looks so good, i've heard great things about Thomas Keller, & the food you ate looks just beautiful (is it weird to describe food as beautiful? nah!)

    I am trying a pop-up restaurant tonight – a friend is hosting a Ghanaian food & culture party in some rooftop gardens in London, I've been asked to take the photos 🙂

    Katie x

    • August 26, 2013 / 2:31 am

      Hi Katie! Whoa that pop-up sounds seriously cool. How did it go? I cannot wait to see your photos of the event!

    • August 26, 2013 / 1:03 pm

      thanks! yeah it was pretty awesome! Spicy African food is one of my faves 🙂 The pics are up now!

      Katie x

  9. August 25, 2013 / 12:45 pm

    you look so cool, so stylish!!

  10. August 25, 2013 / 2:23 pm

    I would love to eat here! How delicious indeed! xx

    • August 26, 2013 / 2:31 am

      Sunday brunch is the best thing about weekends! Hope you had a wonderful one today.

  11. August 26, 2013 / 9:48 am

    Great pics, looks really delicious!
    I followed on bloglovin, follow mine?:)

  12. August 26, 2013 / 1:24 pm

    Good food inspires me any day of the week. Happy Monday 🙂

  13. August 29, 2013 / 9:59 pm

    Foooooodddddd , one of the things I love most in life , these all looked nice and made my mouth water . YUM

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