Several years ago we had the tasting menu lunch at the French Laundry in Yountville, CA. It's one of the top rated restaurants in the US, and it's nearly impossible to get into. Not to mention that it's 3,000 miles from the East coast.
If you're anywhere near Wilmington, NC or Myrtle Beach, SC, however, you can get a French Laundry type experience at the Brentwood in Little River, SC, between the two larger cities. We had the dinner tasting menu paired with wines (available at 3 price points, we had the gold (middle)). Both the service and food were exemplary, and we were able to spend a relaxing 2 1/2 hours savoring duck fois gras, diver scallop, beef tournados, a toasted baguette with Roquefort, and a Grand Marnier crème brulee flamed at the table.
For those with less time, there is a regular and very appealing menu, including vegetarian options. Wine list is excellent, and it has not only many expensive classics, but also a very good selection of reasonably priced bottles.
Great place and if back in the area, we'll definitely be back to the Brentwood.
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