No typo there. An enormous meating. One that is not protean protein by any measure. First of all it was raining. If not cats and dogs then at least hamsters and moles. La Cienega is a parking lot at the best of times and Saturday night it looked like a sea of red brake lights stretching into infinity.
But with a bit of skillful (read LA rude) right lane driving we made it 5 minutes before our 7 PM reservations. If I thought that La Cienega looked like a set for the scene in some disaster movie with the entire LA area trying to evacuate on just one street then I should have been prepared for half of LA taking refuge in the lobby of Lawry's.
Now Lawry's reminds me of one of the Vegas hotels. Huge restaurant. But they had what appeared to be the entire cast of extras from Charlton Heston as Moses leading his people across the parted Red Sea and hoping for a nice booth in the dining room.
I checked in and my wife, our son and his girlfriend found some open stools at one of the round tables in the bar area with some kind folks who let us camp with them. I was all set for a (at very least a 30 minute wait for our table to be ready). Once again my "assuming" something made me an ass without any of you needing to be a party to my braydom.
We got called for our table in no more than 10 minutes. Just time for our son to fetch drinks for his mother and his girlfriend. I held off as did he.
My second assumption was then thoroughly destroyed when they led us to a booth that COMFORTABLY fit our party. No crowding. No need to figure out where the left handed eaters needed to sit in relation to the righties. It was a big, big, big comfortable table and booth.
Finally, assumption number 3 went down for the count when, despite the ginormous room being filled to the rafters with diners we got both immediate and splendid service from our waitress. She performed in the same manner the entire meal. No disappearing. Nothing but pleasant, intelligent and spot on service the rest of the night. Not only our waitress, but the other service components, water - bread - plate removal - table cleaning. It was all first rate.
I'll freely admit that my plan to have the biggest hunk of prime rib that they sold was not a sound decision. I should have either gone for the Lawry's cut (as my son did) or the thin slice "English" cut as my wife did. But no, I had to go for the "Beef Bowl" cut.
This is the newest (it's been a loooooong time since we have been here) and largest piece of prime rib that the menu features. The same one the two Rose Bowl teams get served in the famed "Beef Bowl" that Lawry's hosts before the game.
The problem is that it is just too much of a good thing. I also (fully in the gild the lily until it bends down and gives up mode) added the "two" lobster tails (a $21 adder) to my dinner. For the price of the prime rib I chose ($49) you get the meat, mashed potatoes with gravy and the "Yorkshire Pudding." I also had a side of creamed spinach for (IIRC) $6.
Luckily for me (avoiding full cardiac arrest by some miracle) the lobster tails are not "full sized" but fairly petite. They were quite tender and flavorful (at least to me - while my wife disagreed) with a side of drawn butter and a lemon wedge.
You all will find this hard to fathom (well, some of you won't) but, on top of eating my entire dinner, I then ordered and consumed a very good chocolate and caramel bread pudding (WITH ICE CREAM ON TOP) and had some of my wife's CC Brown's Hot Fudge Sundae too boot.
This was a fun and dangerous (health wise) evening out.
The only difficult hurdle was waiting with the crowds for our car to be brought round by the poor valet guys doing their job in a driving rain storm. It probably took some 20 minutes to get our car back. But then again, the mad house continued on the way out just as it had on the way in.
Our after tax tab came to $272 and I felt it was a very fair price to value ratio. That final number also included a couple of non alcoholic drinks, two coffees and a Kamakazi up and a glass of Pinot for me and one more CC Brown Sundae for our son.
I'll go again. I just need to wait a year or so to give my arteries some time to halfway recover from the assault I committed upon them.
Lawry's The Prime Rib - Beverly Hills
100 North La Cienega Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211