Reporting back: Picasso was actually great experience. Perhaps it was my lower expectations? High point was poached oysters with a vermouth sauce & cavier - probably my favorite dish of the trip. Amuse-bouche was simple but fantastic corn soup with skewer of egg & salmon. My venison was great but husbands halibut was boring. Bouchon met my expectations but did not exceed them. Loved the frisee salad w/poached egg but the pork shoulder dish let me down. Maybe it was jealousy b/c my husband was obsessed with his shortribs. Friend had the trout and thought it was fab. Breakfast there was great and will probably return for it next trip. B&B -- can understand the mixed reviews since our party had some incredible highs and some just average dishes. With the exception of the grilled octopus, which was phenomenal, we did not enjoy the servers recommendations which included prosciutto app and oxtail gnocchi. We did enjoy and fought over the octopus, calamari, mint love letters, whole grilled branzino, orecchiette with sausage. We had great service, other than not loving several food recommendations, and the sommelier was wonderful. We will certainly return. Also, loved the food at Enoteca San Marcos: vinegar maker's salad, pizzas, and fabulous rigatoni cauliflower. Just can't stand the indoor mall setting. Overall it was a good food trip!
OK - thanks for the feedback. Since I didn't get any "whatever you do don't go there..." responses, I'm going to avoid hurting feelings and I'll let the reservations stand this trip. But I'm starting my wish list for a trip in May! Thanks much
I know I can count on Chowhounds for opinions. Reservations (I was not in control...) are at Picasso, Bouchon and B&B. I've seen mixed reviews on all. I could probably ask to swap out one of the destinations w/out hurting feelings. Thoughts/Advice/Opinions are welcome. Thanks so much!!
Awesome. I really appreciate the help. Menu at Old Vine looked good - can't say I was too excited about the wines but the food sounded good enough to pony up the $25 corkage. I'll check out the other menus now - thanks again!
New to Orange County and need to find the good restaurants. I'd love to find creative, delicious food that pairs well with wine. Something along the lines of The Better Half in San Diego (Hillcrest). Thanks in advance for your help!