Friday, December 14, 2012

Wine Country: Yountville, Hurley’s Restaurant & Bar

Hurley’s Restaurant & Bar  6518 Washington St., (707) 944-2345.  L-D daily; $$-$$$.  Reservations advised.  With a pleasant dining room dominated by a stone fireplace, this spot serves a seasonal menu and is known for its wild game dishes.  I recently enjoyed a tasty roasted-baby beet salad that was loaded with multi-colored beets and accented with arugula and spiced pecans.  My dinner entrée was a long-simmered braised wild boar (from Texas) with polenta and tiny, thin onion rings; other enticing options included crispy-skinned rosemary-and-maple roasted chicken with applewood-smoked bacon-potato puree, tamarind and chipotle-glazed buffalo short ribs, and roasted breast of pheasant and brussel sprout leaves.  For dessert, the ice cream sandwich is hard to beat, though the strawberry shortcake in summer and the warm gingerbread cake in winter just might do it.  At lunch, choose from a bargain $20 two-course prix fixe lunch, a burger, and more.  A gluten-free menu is available.  All this, and no corkage fee, too!  Wild Game Week is in November and the Dungeness Crab Festival occurs in December.

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image c2012 Carole Terwilliger Meyers 

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