We were looking for a new place to try out, so we made the 35 minute drive to try out this place. It was suggested by an acquaintence.
When we got there, we were struck by a couple of things. The parking lot was jam-packed and full, so we had to park around 100 feet away - okay, it's a Saturday night, that can happen. The parking lot was also small, which might explain this.
We got to sit and wait on the pager for 30 minutes (okay, Saturday night), and then sat down for dinner.
The wine list was reasonably good, and surprisingly well-priced. I've seen restaurants gouge for the same wine, so this was a pleasant surprise.
The restaurant itself was attractive, with high, arched ceilings, glass between the bar area and the restaurant, and the service was excellent.
So, why only 4 stars? The steaks.
We both elected to take an upcharge on our appetizers, and they were very good. I had the French Onion soup, which was great, and my better half had the wedge salad, which was okay. I ordered the fillet and the wife ordered the prime rib. Keep in mind, the steaks are supposed to be Prime.
I got the 10 ounce fillet, and it may have started at 10 ounces, but didn't end up that way. It was cooked properly, but the chef needs to take a few tips on proper seasoning. If you don't like any seasoning on your steak, this is your place, because you don't get any discernable seasoning. I had to add both salt and pepper to the steak, and for a Prime cut, it wasn't as tender as I would expect.
My wife had the prime rib. Normally, when prime rib is served, it's pink on the outside. This one came browned. On both sides. I can understand a browned side if it's the end cut (which can be pretty flavorful) but both sides were browned. Which tells me it wasn't cut off a prime rib, it was cut off and cooked. Sorry, but thats not what I expect from a steak place.
The potatoes were cooked properly, and were fine. The only other downside - the place was very, very loud. Holding a normal conversationw as virtually impossible - it never let up. The walls are all hard, as is the ceiling - there is little to dampen the noise level down. It was like being at a sports bar with the game on loud. And just about as romantic.
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