…And you do dinners at French Laundry in Napa Valley — Drake from the song “The Ride.”
Artists are always name dropping exotic locales or unusual places they’ve been to in their travels. Sometimes, the place is very well known — think the Jay-Z and Kanye West song “Ni**as In Paris” — but sometimes they will reference a place less known, more obscure. “Lyrical Vacation” goes behind some of the lyrics to reveal more about the places these artists mention.
There’s a reason Drake mentioned this restaurant in his rhymes: the French Laundry is the definition of luxury dining.
French Laundry is located in California’s wine country (Napa Valley), in the small town of Yountville and opened in 1974, but it didn’t gain its sterling reputation as one of the finest restaurants in the world until Chef Thomas Keller purchased the building from the original owners in 1994. Keller’s French influenced American food instantly became a hit, earning rave reviews from not only local media outlets like The San Francisco Chronicle but also The New York Times. Restaurant Magazine has named it “Best Restaurant In The World” twice (2003, 2004).
Come here and be prepared to play by French Laundry rules. Dinner is served seven days a week, with reservations available from 5:30 p.m. to 9:15 p.m., lunch is limited to Friday-Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The menu changes every day, with two nine-course tasting menus, one a chef’s tasting, the other a tasting of vegetables, both priced at $270. No single ingredient is repeated throughout the meal, and is intended to evoke a different emotion. Many of the items on the tasting menus are meant to be eaten in one bite.
Also, for first time guests, be prepared to adhere to a strict dress code. No jeans, no t-shirts, shorts, or sneakers are allowed, and a jacket is required for both lunch and dinner. As for sweaters, we’re assuming if Drake ate there, they probably let it fly, so long as he had the required jacket over it.