The very friendly staff at our twilight zone-ish hotel recommended that my better half and I eat at Zorro’s for dinner. As we had already experienced the horror of eating lunch (if “lunch” is defined as “something edible served around noon” anyway) at the hotel, anything would have been better – so we took their advice.
Being a Thursday night and 9pm no less, we were both surprised to see a reasonably full parking lot when we pulled up and a fairly busy restaurant when we entered. It is decorated in an old Italian/Mediterranean the style (maybe as I am no expert) – very warm, earthy and inviting.
We were immediately greeted and seated at a four-top in the corner in a low lit room and within minutes, our busser showed up with garlic bread and water and then entered our waiter. As a rule of thumb, I have noticed that whenever my waiter was over sixty and seemed happy, the restaurant always turned out to be great. It only makes sense that for someone at that age to be a waiter and be happy must mean that he likes what he is doing and importantly, be able to support himself and family doing it. If the restaurant were bad, he would make a meager living; have a wife and family that were stressing him; and, live a miserable existence.
Our waiter was at least sixty and our busser in his late thirties.
We started with Pellegrino and double dirties as we perused the extensive menu. The first problem I had was the wine menu is much too large for such a small mind as my own. We ended up settling on the Penfolds Hyland Shiraz as it was familiar but was impressed that seeing my consternation, the waiter offered suggestions when we got to the menu. I am glad we took his suggestion.
Two people – a buck forty – get the platter for two: crab legs, lobster, scallops, shrimp scampi, filet mignon and baby back ribs...and then the fillers – rice, veggies and salad (he let us switch our Greek for Caesar and made it at the table.) Gluttony in 3D but YOLO.
So with the second bottle of wine, (what felt like) twenty pounds heavier, we dined for three hours and got out with tip for right under three. This is definitely not what we can afford to do every night but if you get a chance to actually dine with your better half, significant other, soul mate, etc. – this is the place to do it.
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