I recently went to Lon's for dinner with 5 friends, some of whom were from out of town. The setting is lovely and the service was excellent, but the food was a bit disappointing for the money. Several people had the duck, and they all praised it for taste, but my meal was less than ideal for the price, and another friend (who had the duck) also thought it was too expensive for what it was.
I had cauliflower soup, which was fine but ordinary (I make one at home that is at least as good or better), followed by short ribs. The ribs were delicious, literally melting in my mouth, and accompanied by gnocchi and roasted root vegetables. The veggies were good, but again, nothing special, and the gnocchi were a bit sad. I've had better in moderate Italian restaurants.
We shared one side among us, the goat cheese macaroni, which was indeed heavenly, but then we also tried one dessert for the table, an apple turnover sort of thing that was not at all good: the crust was hard and dry, and the apples fairly tasteless.
The portions were also surprisingly small--on the one hand, I applaud them for offering more "normal" portions instead of the usual gargantuan restaurant meals, but again, for the price it would have been nice to have a rib portion a bit more than the size of a deck of playing cards (which I think it just about barely measured up to)--the ribs were so good, more of that would have been welcome, especially given the less successful accompaniments.
We had two bottles of wine, both good and fairly priced. All in all, it was a nice place to go with a group of friends, but for $75 per person, I felt it was not quite up to snuff. The price is not outrageous (although our total of $450 included only 3 appetizers--not all of us had an app--one side and one dessert for the table, plus 2 "value" wines.)
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