If I were to ever one day publish my own dictionary, under the term "fucking great meal" I'd simply have a picture of our plates from the Culinary Institute of America's Greystone Restaurant.
Today was our first wedding anniversary, and also Kay's birthday. We were kicking around Napa (with pb and shawnde) when we stumbled upon the CIA's campus, and I remember hearing their food was great and their prices were relatively cheap. I'm glad we decided to stop and have that late lunch/early dinner. It was simply fantastic. Every course was amazing. Best mussels anyone had ever tasted. Absolutely perfect risotto. Incredible seared ahi, with a flawless, rare texture inside. Scallops that melt in your mouth. Desserts to die for. The food was as close to perfect as I had ever tasted, and the rest of the experience was great too. The presentation and plating was top-notch, the open kitchen with working students was spotless and smelled great, and the interior design was wonderful from tiles to chairs to colors to eating spaces inside and out.
Everyone at the table agreed, it was the best meal we'd ever had in the Bay Area, and it was less than $50 a person, including wine.