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LG's Steakhouse - A Contrarian Report - Long

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LG's Steakhouse - A Contrarian Report - Long

torta basilica | Apr 21, 2003 02:26 PM

Had dinner at LG's Palm Desert Sat. night afterreading so many rec's for their steaks over Mortons or Ruth Chris's. Was somewhat underwhelmed right from arrival. Valets just sat there & looked at us, then slowly ambled over after finished their conversation. Friendly bar tender, but poor selection of wines by the glass. Read the wine list & although great Cab selection, also felt bottles were very expensive. Ended up getting a $49 Sanford Pinot Noir, which was good & worked with all courses.

Our waiter was nice & service generally very good. Rolls so-so. For some God only knows why reason, after my husband pointed out how disgusting escargots in alfredo sauce sounded, our waiter talked us into them. Always go with your first instincts. They were plump snails that would have been great in the traditional butter-garlic presentation. However, in a creamy cheesy sauce with no discernable garlic (we were told there would be garlic), were basically disgusting. Wiped off the sauce with our rolls to eat them. Waiter was surprised we didn't dunk out the rest of the sauce. Told him why. The garlic toast that came with them as yummy, though.

The only Caesar salad offered on the menu was for two & $19.95. We only wanted one & they agreed & did the whole caesar show. I've had a lot better - especially for $10, but this one was plenty for both of us. Perhaps since it wasn't all that great.

Steaks arrived & I made mistake of being in the restroom. I'm used to food being held, but I guess with the sizzling steaks, hot plates they need to do it immediately, which makes sense. Husband ordered the filet mignon med rare. It was medium. We pointed this out & waiter said it's because the plates are so hot they keep cooking. Seems like they'd allow for this. My rib-eye steak was on the thin side, but delicious. Loved the option to order it 'charred' & got it charred med rare - just as ordered. Was really good, but just not all that thick - kindof like what you get at Ralphs, but the quality better. Had sauteed mushrooms on the side & They were literally on the side, so I kept scooping them onto plate to eat with steak & keep warm. They were also good. Had a bite of my husband's & really no flavor & way too overcooked. He left 2/3s of it on the plate.

After saying no to dessert, they brought out a comped chocolate cake anyway. This was best thing of evening - we could only eat 1/2 of the one slice, but it was yummy, fudgy & great. Would have preferred they took off the $12.95 for the escargot, but at least we were smiling! They seemed disappointed we wouldn't order coffee to go with the cake.

Another thing that bothered me - there were tons of families with little kids, being Easter week & all. Since we have kids (not with us at the time) asked if there was a child's menu out of curiosity. Was told no & that they don't offer half orders - most families either get them the petit filet - $23.95 totally a la carte or split meals. With a petit filet & brocolli & maybe fries or potato on the side, a soda & shared dessert, you're looking at a very expensive kid's meal ending at around $40 without tax or tip. Just an irritation I feel the need to mention.

BTW, they just opened one 3 times the size on the corner of Washington & 111 - said it had sliding roofs, etc & was really nice. Think I'll stick with Morton's - oh well.

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