After a night of Christmas celebrations my favorite thing to do on Boxing Day is head to one of the amazing Brunch spots in the Napa Valley. This year, the boyfriend, and I decided to try Lucy Restaurant and Bar. Located inside the the LEED Platinum certified Bardessono Hotel, Lucy derives its menu from seasonal ingredients in and around Napa Valley. Their culinary philosophy blends modern aesthetic with eco-spirit. The day after eating a Christmas feast, eating local and fresh was just what we needed!
Lucy Restaurant and Bar is tucked back into the hotel, the restaurant offers an ultra modern dining space that fits their fresh and local menu. My favorite part of the space was the funky light fixtures and outdoor fireplaces that would be a perfect place to enjoy an evening cocktail any time of year.
First thing first when brunching, Bloody Marys of course! Being a big fan of the traditional brunch drink. I am always looking for new and exciting twists and Lucy has created a fun way to get you YOUR perfect Bloody. They have a special Bloody Mary cart that rolls right up to your table and allows you to mix your own perfect Bloody Mary! Complete with a homemade bloody mary mix, guests can choose how spicey they want their Bloody Mary by adding hot sauce and freshly grated horseradish. Garnishes include celery, pickles, tomatoes, onions, pepper salt and of course olives. If mimosas are more your style you can also have a mimosa from the cart made with freshly squeezed orange juice.
Bloody Mary in hand, it was time to decide what we wanted for brunch. Lucy’s menu has something for everyone on it. From house made granola to the “Lucy’s Egg Benedict”, you can’t go wrong. The Egg Benedict can be customized to your liking with willie turkey bacon, traditional canadian bacon, house cured smoked salmon, or baby spinach and tomato.
I prefer a savory brunch while my boyfriend tends to go for something sweeter so we decided to share the Bananas Foster French Toast and Duck Confit Hash…and a side of bacon because, well, bacon.
Bananas Foster French Toast
The French Toast came with three perfectly sized pieces of broich toast covered in fruit compote, topped with delicious spiced rum bananas, and finished with mascarpone vanilla chantilly. My favorite part was the way the bananas and compote played off of each other with every bite. The balance of sweetness was just right and we had no trouble finishing the whole thing.
Duck Confit Hash
This is one of my top three brunch dishes of all time. Duck confit is a centuries old technique,originated in Gascony, France. Chefs prepare the duck by salting and seasoning the meat and slow cooking it in its own juices to create most tender and tasty duck. Lucy’s hash was a tasty mix of spinach, peppers, apples, potatoes and squash all brought together with duck confit and a duck egg. Each bite of this dish was a little different as the flavors melded together. We added a little of the homemade tomatillo hot sauce for a spicy kick that complimented the Bloody Mary perfectly.
After brunch we made sure to check out the pool at Bardessono, which has a view that is not to be missed!
With so many brunch options in the Napa Valley Lucy Restaurant and Bar is a no brainer. The friendly and prompt staff, Bloody Mary cart and exceptional food made our experience the perfect example of Yountville’s #tastelifehere motto.
Lucy Restaurant and Bar
6526 Yount Street, Yountville, CA 94599
Breakfast: Daily, 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Lunch: Monday–Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (also served in lounge bar & on seasonal courtyard patio)
Dinner: Daily, 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (a la carte)