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Ernie’s Food and Spirits: Uniquely Refined Central Valley Cuisine


By Noel Daniel

“World-class dining” evokes images of prime steak, decadent wine, and gleaming crystal stemware holding rich and precious liquors. Fortunately for those in the Central Valley with a taste for the exquisite, Ernie’s Food & Spirits has all of this and more. Ernie’s offers the class of a dining experience in San Francisco, Las Vegas, or Chicago—and it’s conveniently located in Manteca.

The Ernie’s Food & Spirits experience is so much more than exceptional cuisine, stellar service, and an extensive list of wines and spirits: it’s a sleek, contemporary getaway with a big city feel that’s sure to exceed every expectation.

The Highest Standards

ernies2A trip to Ernie’s is an opulent break from the norm—with dedicated and professional staff, precious wines, and the proper crystal stemware for each varietal of wine, their standards for quality are high in order to ensure your ultimate satisfaction. The wait staff know the menu in and out, and are prepared to guide you into culinary choices you might never have tried. And for a true dive into elegance, a scotch and cigar is offered to all guests with the dessert menu to enjoy on the patio.

In Good Taste

Only the best breeds from the most ideal feeding climates are chosen for Chef John Fisher’s Aged USDA Choice and Prime graded steaks. The menu features a Kobe style beef filet tenderloin, grass-fed, organic rack of lamb and kurobuta pork chops, sustainable seafood, and fresh produce for a perfect taste that’s decadent from beginning to end. There are a variety of options, each with the promise of tantalizing the palate with items both creative and simple.

Raising Spirits

To get an idea of Ernie’s caliber for classy spirits, one needs only look at their collection. By far most indulgent is their Le Voyage de Delamain, A Collector’s Cognac that’s available at $800 for a 1.5 ounce pour. This precious and rare cognac is presented in a limited edition Baccarat decanter—of which only five hundred exist—and retains a flavor that spans the Delamain history. From the perfumes of Russian leather and the musky aroma of the tropics, to the heady scent of American tobacco and the spice of the Far East, this cognac is a lingering guest on the palate that is sure to delight—and it’s not their only option.

Their extensive Wine List is conveniently available for perusal on an iPad and features wines from Napa Valley, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, and any region you might expect to find a highly-prized wine. Their collection of spirits is equally superb and includes the legendary and extremely rare Pappy Van Winkle 23-year-old bourbon.

Whether you’re a connoisseur looking for the best place to wine and dine, or you just have a romantic date in mind, Ernie’s Food & Spirits is an experience that is so refined it must be seen to be believed.

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