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Beacon and Don Chuys (follow-up)

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Beacon and Don Chuys (follow-up)

PaulF | Feb 6, 2006 01:26 PM

As posted last week, we tried Beacon on Saturday night for our anniversary.

Eight-o'clock res, arrived 10 minutes early, seated just about right away. Sat inside, warmer. But noisier. Someone said in the thread last week that it wasn't an anniversary-type place. Probably right. But we didn't mind. The industrial decor sort of reminded us of the old City vibe, though I sort of remember City being a little mor spacious. No matter, we had a fine table in the corner and even though it was sort of loud, we didn't feel cramped and were really comfortable.

Ordered a couple of appetizers, the fried oysters and the smoked tofu. We came really close to ordering a special app of pork ribs, but I didn't feel like dealing with the bones. We enjoyed both appetizers. I liked the oysters a little more than the tofu, there was a little more texture and a bit more flavor. The tofu with beans were a little bland, but were nice and light. It was a good selection, because it's the type of dish that my wife really likes.

I ordered the steak. I almost went with the black cod, especially because I wanted the green beans that came with it. Instead I ordered the steak and subbed the beans for the potato salad that normally comes with the steak. I ordered it medium rare and that's the way it came out. Was it the greatest steak in the world, no? But it was soft and juicy. I really liked the wasabi rubbed over it, for some reason it sort of reminded me of ordering dijon chicken -- I can't explain why, but the meat contrasted with the wasabi made the dish. The beans were, to me, well cooked. I like them just crisp enough (damn, I'm terrible with food adjectives), but not underdone. Hard to explain.

My wife had the braised beef short ribs, which came without the bone. If short ribs are always boneless, then we don't know what short ribs are. They came with some vegetables and some parsnips cooked to the consistency of mashed potatoes.

I thought the ribs were the best thing I tasted all night. They had that sort of gamey, rib flavor and were as soft as butter. I even grabbed a second bite out of her plate.

To drink, I felt obligated to try one of the fruit-infused sakes, even though I'm more of a beer guy. Tried pineapple. Not as sweet as I thought it would be, but sweet nonetheless. It's an interesting cocktail, though I had to have an Amstel Light with the steak. I could see going back sitting at the bar and sampling sake for an evening.

For dessert we had flourless chocolate cake with strawberry ice cream. I don't like ice cream, but I tried the cake and it was a good piece of cake, good chocalate flavor and very moist. Wish I could be more desrciptive, but I'm not a huge cake eater. I don't have the words. She ordered it and it made her happy, so it was good for that reason.

The whole thing with tip was about 90 bucks.

One interesting comparison we made was to Hamasaku. For no reason other than we don't go out on date-dates all that much and Hamasaku was the last one. Price was about the same give or take. The wife preferred Beacon, I preferred Hamasaku, though other than the fact that we happened to eat in both recently, there is no reason to compare these two places necessarily.

We both liked both.

As long as I'm writing this, I thought I'd point out that we tried a Mexican restaurant Don Chuys on Washington place the next morning for breakfast with the kids. We live near it, just had never gone in, been eating in other places in the 'hood.

Good, family run Mexican restaurant. I had a pork dish with my scrambled eggs. They say it's "spicy" and it is a bit, but not too. The pork came in a brown sauce and was on the bone. It's breakfast #1 if you're going and I recommend it. The best part were the homemade corn tortillas. Hot, fresh tortillas really helped the meal standout.

Conclusion: I -- we -- liked Beacon well enough. I think we'll try it again, we really want to try if for lunch next time. I'd like to eat that cod, too, so maybe there is a dinner there again in the future.

Don Chuys is added to our choices for Mexican in our neighborhood, along with Mi Ranchito, El Abajeno, Cora's and a few others.

The next things on our list to try, though, are the Katmandu Kitchen and the Texas BBQ place on Palms and Overland.

Thanks again to all for the recs last week.

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