We had to be out in the area for my wife's business so took the opportunity to have dinner at the Dal Rae. A classic 1950's Steak and Continental Dishes type of place that reminds me of one of the same types of places I used to eat at in the SFV; Tail 'O the Cock in Sherman Oaks / Studio City. Almost all large comfortable booths that explains why the Naughahyde herds are almost extinct in the world and a chalet like feeling with lots of beautiful big wooden beams and a subdued lighting with waiters and waitresses dressed in very natty duds. The lounge had live music and singers doing standards from the 50's as well. I think I heard someone doing an imitation of Bobby Troupe in there.
The relish tray and bread basket appears. The relish tray overflowing with everything from quartered dill pickles to at least two different types of (mild) peppers to radishes to carrot sticks to celery. Bread is fine too, although the sourdough needs to a bit more sour to really hit my taste buttons.
A kamikaze up was in a huge glass and perfectly made. They certainly don't short you on your cocktail.
My wife decided on the lobster Thermidor and I had the bone-in prime grade rib eye steak, medium rare. All dinners come with vegetable (in this case French style thin green beans) and choice of potato or rice. We both got baked potatoes with the normal heart stopping ingredients that come when you use the term "loaded" at places like this.
Service was impeccable and the food was very good for what it is...and since these types of places appeal to my sense of nostalgia I came away very happy and full.
I'll close by saying, since I didn't know what time we were going to getting to the restaurant I figured it would be late enough that we could walk right in. And while that was true, they were going great business last night. Lots of diners there when we arrived about 8:40 PM, and still a fare amount there when we left a bit before 10. I think they close at 10. Nice to see them doing so well.
If you want a bit of a "time warp" dining experience I can't recommend the Dal Rae strongly enough.
9023 E. Washington Blvd., Pico Rivera, CA 90660
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