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Acme Chophouse report (kinda long)

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Acme Chophouse report (kinda long)

joannap | Jul 6, 2002 10:23 PM

We tried it last night - this is the new restaurant from Traci des Jardins. For a Friday night, the place was pretty empty -- could be the long weekend, its newness, the lack of a Giants game, or just slow business.

In general the food was quite good; the service was less than impressive. We had:
- Nice whole-Romaine Caesar salad, not too dressed, with chunky middle-of-the-white-bread-loaf croutons. Tasty.
- The elusive grass fed beef (around $33). God knows what kind of cut it was, but it was really tasty. Not noticably different in taste or texture from the other beef, we ordered, the
- Butcher steak ($17). Sliced thin, kind of like a tri-tip. Both steaks were nicely seasoned (the non-grass-fed beef is from Niman Ranch).
- Creamed spinach ($7ish). With actual pieces of spinach (not pureed), pretty decent. Might have used more seasoning, but then I'm not much of a fan of creamy anything.
- Mashed potatoes ($7ish). Tasty, classic, again super creamy/buttery. Both the side dishes were good-sized portions.
- Brownie sundae ($6.50) for dessert. Really not the best one I've had -- the brownie was a bit cakey, the ice cream was almost too cold, and I didn't love the unadvertised strawberry sauce that accompanied it. Overall I thought the ratio of sauce to ice cream to brownie to whipped cream needed adjusting.

The menu has a list of different sauces but doesn't explain what they're for. When we asked, the server said they are for the steaks, and though we requested a couple, they never arrived. In general our server was overworked -- the food arrived promptly, but getting dessert menus, our orders taken, our check, etc., took way longer than we might have wished. Not sure why, since there were a fair number of servers in the restaurant. When we put our credit card down for the check, a minimum of four staffers who weren't our server walked by and ignored the credit card and check sitting there. (Am I wrong to want them to take it? Restaurant folk? Please advise.)

The restaurant is large, very nicely designed with lots of dark wood and nice lighting. There are a fair number of booths, and the place is comfortable and fairly casual (servers are wearing khakis, blue denim shirts, and -- inexplicably -- tool belts.).

We rarely eat steak, but it was fun to try this. Definetely pricey, and the service issues didn't thrill me, but then again, it's new.

Anyone else have a different experience?

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