A Visit to the New Ad Hoc Addendum

Ad Hoc's fabulous fried chicken -- now available to-go three days a week.

If you’ve lamented never being able to make it to Ad Hoc in Yountville for one of its famous fried chicken nights, you’re now in luck.

The newest addition to Chef Thomas Keller’s gourmet empire is Ad Hoc Addendum, a take-out operation, where you can enjoy the fried chicken, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays.

You’ll find the Addendum kiosk by walking behind Ad Hoc restaurant, past a small parking lot to a pretty picnic area complete with tables and chairs, plus lush trees for plenty of shade, and a small vegetable garden that grows provisions for the restaurant.

The sign marks the spot.

Order here.

Enjoy your fried chicken at one of the picnic tables. Or take it home to enjoy.

Addendum, which opened opened two months ago, offers a choice of the superb buttermilk fried chicken or a barbecue entree, such as tender, spicy baby back ribs with pulled pork when I was there last Friday. Of course, I had to buy one of each.

Each $16.50 meal comes with moist corn bread, as well as two sides, such as a simple potato salad and a sweet, crunchy corn succotash. Orange creamsicle ice cream is available for an extra $5.

Baby back ribs and pulled pork.

After placing your order at the kiosk, you”ll be given a number with your first name on it to set on your table. When your food is ready, a cheerful runner will emerge from the back-door of Ad Hoc to hand it over to you in the garden. The food is packed in compostable containers. Compostable flatware is included, as well as moist towelettes to clean up with after chowing down with your fingers.

The food is packaged in recyclable containers and comes with wet-ones to clean your hands afterward.

Sweet, buttery, crunchy corn succotash.

A basic but tasty potato salad.

Addendum makes only about 200 orders of lunch each day. So, when it’s gone, it’s gone. And on busy Saturday afternoons, that means you’d be wise to get there before 1 p.m. or face the prospect of going hungry.

The small Ad Hoc garden that grows strawberries, peppers and tomatoes.

Red peppers like the one chopped up in my corn succotash.

While you’re in the neighborhood, don’t forget to stop in at Keller’s fabulous Bouchon Bakery to tote home baguettes, supremely buttery croissants, and Nutter Butter cookie sandwiches.

You just never know what goodies you’ll find there. In fact, I spied something new last week: dainty, three-inch-wide English muffins for $1.50 each that are almost crumpet-like in texture.

Beautiful little English muffins at Bouchon Bakery.

Perfection when toasted, then smeared with jam.

Treats like those in the backseat always make the drive home a whole lot sweeter, don’t you think?

More: Experiencing Ad Hoc’s Fried Chicken Night

And: Ad Hoc Barbecue Sauces and Rubs

And: Ad Hoc Cake Mixes

Plus: The Recipe for Ad Hoc’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

And: The Recipe for Ad Hoc’s Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

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Date: Tuesday, 30. August 2011 5:25
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  1. 1

    I wish he’d open a food truck in SF! However, this is certainly worth a trip to Napa. Ah, Bouchon. Love that place.

  2. 2

    OMG….now I really want to drive up there just for this!!

  3. 3

    Fantastic. I’m not a big chicken person, but his definitely has me smitten.

  4. 4

    What a great afternoon that would be!!

  5. 5

    I’m biased. I think Korean fried chicken is the BEST chicken dish to be fried.

    But you had to throw in that big fat English muffin. Oh le sigh.

  6. 6

    Wow, what a great place with great food for picnic! I really think a drive up North is over due. Yes, I would drive, all because of food! :P

  7. 7

    OK next time I’m going to try and fit in your handbag because this was just a bit too much of TK goodness in one post! :D

  8. 8

    This makes me want to get in the car and drive straight to Yountville. Right now. Fried chicken in the garden sounds delightful.

  9. 9

    Did I see pork belly over there? Nom nom….

  10. 10

    OMG OMG OMG, I am so there! Needed an excuse to go back to Yountville, now I have IT!

  11. 11

    when it’s gone, it’s gone? if that’s not motivation to get there early, i don’t know what is!

  12. 12

    […] comfort food craving. First it was Bake Sale Betty (Saturday Six #47. see #5a)  and now it is her visit to Ad Hoc Addendum that has me green with envy!  I have got to get to Yountville (in Napa Valley) on the […]

  13. 13

    Time to make a trip up to Napa! And I am so getting there right when they open. :)

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