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Solera, Ceaser's & Other

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Solera, Ceaser's & Other

muD | May 12, 2003 01:17 PM

Went to Ceaser's (sp?) a block north of the Lowell Inn in Stillwater, also known as the other wine bar. A very long list of reds, but my friend's wife only drinks white so we had a Russian River Valley Chardonnay, DeLoach I think, for $24. The wine was fine, but the white list is only a page. The wines seem very well priced and are generally lower then Marx's prices (I'm told by a couple who frequents both establishments). The interior is more traditional with a lot of polished wood. There is a wine room you can eat in as long as you run up a $200 tab. As for food, the cheese plate (we got there late it was already ordered) was excellent. A nice selection of cheeses, meats, nuts and olives. The olives were the weakest link (I like olives and they were good), but the rest was very good. They had five main courses, 2 meats, a fish, a pasta and a risotto. I had the lamb, my friend had the strip and his cousin from Austria had the pasta. The rest had pizzas which they enjoyed. The pasta was well liked. My lamb was flavorful, but not seared. I couldn't decide if the chef was opposed to searing or only had a Coleman camp stove, but the steak suffered from the same problem. The steak and lamb were ~ $21, with the pasta at $15. I'll be back for a bottle of wine and the cheese plate, or maybe a different appetizer or two, but there are superior places in Stillwater to eat a full meal at.

A group of friends who are all servers, bartenders, etc.. went to Solera's last week. They enjoyed the tapas, liked the interior and loved the bar. Mixed reviews on entrees, monkfish was excellent, the others were okay to good. The same group went to some place in Woodbury, a wood-fired grill or something, and the meals ranged from okay to not so good.

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