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Strip House - report

Core | Feb 16, 2005 10:39 AM

I decided to take my carnivorous husband to Strip House for a belated Valentine's Day gift dinner. I wanted a place with nice atmosphere and solid food - and I'd read the reviews here and thought it would work well for us.

The place was PACKED - lots of business people, walk-ins, couples, and so on. I got there at 8:20, my husband got there close to 8:30 for an 8:30 reservation. We waited for a bit over 40 minutes for our table, and the drinks at the bar were expensive ($12 for a glass of Cabernet, $18 for a bourbon on the rocks). We were hungry so we were able to nurse our drinks slowly during our wait. There were a few parties of 2 that also had 8:30 reservations, and one in particular got kind of irate and started making noise. Although they had come in after us, management seated them first at 9 pm. I don't believe in making a scene in public, but I did come up to the hostess twice - once to verify that my party was complete and checked in since we arrived separately, and the second time to gently voice my growing discomfort at having to wait so long for a table that I had reserved. She offered me a lounge table (usually used by walk-ins) right by the bar, and I declined graciously, pointing out that that is not the reason why I made a reservation. I also asked that management consider giving us a round of drinks on the house in light of our substantial wait.

The house manager quickly came over, apologized for the long wait and agreed to give us both drinks and dessert on the house, which they did. So I give them kudos for that, although I don't think they would have offered that of their own volition.

Anyway, we finally got seated - had an excellent waiter. I had the oyster special (blue points and Miyagis - big, plump, and fresh; and I loved the cucumber-ginger sauce). My husband got the Bibb lettuce salad which was a good size - he said it was "very leafy". Next time (yes, I will return) I'll try the lobster bisque.

Entrees: I got the single cut NY strip steak (does anyone know what the general oz weight for a cut like that?) and hubby got the filet mignon (14 oz). We shared the creamed spinach (excellent, best version I've had so far) and the goose fat potatoes (pretty good, but I'm not a potato fan). We demolished everything.

Hubby insisted on the coconut sorbet, but I went ahead and got the huge slice of chocolate cake. I have to agree with other CHers that this cake is really good - moist, tons of layers. I could only eat one-third, but I took the rest and the pralines home with me.

I gotta say, I liked the place and they stepped up when I asked them to (nicely, of course). I'm still stuffed!! I think I need to go for an earlier or later seating in the future.

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