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DAT - Sam's Grill (long)

RedRob | Jan 17, 2003 05:58 PM

I went to Sam's Grill today for lunch to take advantage of DAT, after having read numerous recommendations for Sam's on this board. Let me just say that you folks didn't let me down.

Sam's has a fairly large selection of choices for DAT.

Apps: shrimp cocktail or shrimp with fresh greens

Entrees: Rex Sole ala Sam's, Grilled Petrale Sole, Linguine with Red or White Clam Sauce or Calamari Saute', all served with Boiled Potato and Cream Spinach.

Desserts: Vanilla Ice Cream, Rice Pudding or French Lemon Pancake

There were 6 of us, so we got to try just about everything on the menu.

The apps were made with bay shrimp, but they appeared to be fresh, rather than previously frozen ones. All in all fairly good with some actual shrimp flavor. Nothing to get excited about, except the portions were quite generous. My coworkers had the shrimp with greens and really liked the dressing. My cocktail had a bit too much cocktail sauce for my taste and not quite enough horseradish in the sauce.

The entrees were all excellent and, once again, generous portions-- much more than I'd expect to get on a lunch menu, let alone a special promotional menu.

Both the Rex and Petrale were simply but well prepared. The Petrale had perfect grill marks and a nicely infused grill flavor. The Rex was simply sauteed in butter. Nothing fancy, just fresh fish flavored with nothing more than salt, pepper, lemon and butter. Both plates were large sized and practically covered in fish.

The linguine (which my coworker got with the white clam sauce option) was good, though not great. A little bit more cooked than the al dente and a little heavier of dairy than I prefer, but still fairly decent with a nice garlic and clam flavor. Portions were generous once again.

The calamari was the one dish I didn't taste personally, but my friend said it was good. The calamari was in a red sauce with mushrooms.

The side of creamed spinach was really good with a nice nutmeg flavor.

The desserts were also good, though not spectacular. The rice pudding was rich but not overly sweet (which is how I prefer it). The French pancake was a simple crepe with what tasted like a light butter-lemon-sugar sauce on it.

All in all an unbelievable value for $20 per person and a great place when you want the fish to speak for itself without an overly fancy preparation.

I glanced at the dinner DAT menu, and there were even more selections, including Swordfish and Ahi Tuna for entrees and crab meat with greens for an app.

I'll definitely go back to Sam's.

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