Let me set the record straight. I'm a carnivore eating man and I'd like to think I know a thing our two about good steaks. So when you order a steak medium rare from a restaurant that specializes in steak and seafood, you don't expect to get a steak cooked medium well (two full cooking temps off).
This was my first time at JW Hall's, and I thought I'd give them a try, so I ordered their signature steak and kettle, which also included lobster. This came with the salad bar, which was a nice touch.
So here's the lowdown. The salad bar was no better than Ponderosa. They forgot my bread. They forgot my sour cream. The lobster was little chewy balls of rubber floating in water, and the steak tasted more like overcooked liver. And when all was said and done, they charged me $27.99 for an item that was listed at $25.99 in the menu. Service took much longer than normal too - and not once did the friendly waitress ask me if the steak was cooked to order. I would have sent it back, but it wasn't worth the long wait.
On the positive side, this place is a Mecca for senior types looking to hang out with friends, and the atmosphere is pleasant enough. JW Hall's aspires to be a serious steak and seafood restaurant, but only lives up to a family style level of dining. If you're looking for real steakhouse quality, you'll probably need to drive into Pittsburgh to find that.
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