Two recent experiences deserve cheers and jeers for restaurant adjustments to the economic mess.
CHEERS: AIXOIS has introduced a choice of full or smaller portions of many dishes. Our family of three ate well and with a full bottle of Chinon plus tip for less than $100.
JEERS: What's up with McCormick & Schmick? We've always counted on a good piece of fish at MS as a 6-8 times a year treat. The fish remains good, but the wine list prices have doubled? We like the "Katherine's Vineyard" Cambria Chardonnay and have been willing to pay in the high $30 to low $40 range. It retails six blocks away at Gomer's for $22 (on sale for $18 at times). Yesterday the MS wine list had it at $61! The lowest price white was a Columbia Crest Savignon Blanc for $47? A glass of Kendall Jackson chard was $14, more than a bottle price retail. How does this make sense for them? I confess I needed a glass of wine with my sole and was forced to overpay. Is this what they're looking for? I think they've lost our business.
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