Restaurants & Bars 2

Summit (long)

barbara | Aug 27, 2003 11:44 AM

Being a Sinatra fan, I went to Summit for my birthday last week. It was nearly empty. Although the decor, a re-creation of Sinatra's Palm Springs home is creative and fun, the overall experience is lacking (to be polite). When we arrived they were playing Sinatra, which was quickly substituted by a cheesy lounge singer who sang 2 or 3 songs over and over - making us long once again for the Sinatra recordings. The much touted "screaming oysters from hell" were good, but everything else was less than impressive. My appetizer was ice cold grilled asparagus that were the size of tree trunks and very tough. For an entree, I had the lobster, which sounded excellent but was soaked in a greasy butter sauce. My companion's steak was mediocre at best. And for desert, I waited almost 1/2 hour for a cheese plate to be delivered that seemed to be constructed from the deli section of a supermarket.

The wine list was rather small and upon receiving it we were informed that the restaurant had less than half of the wines on the list in stock and we were given a second list marked up in pencil with what was really available. Thankfully we had brought our own desert wine.

Even more interesting was when the piano player, seated next to us, ordered the risotto for his intermission and they told him the kitchen was unable to prepare it in the 20 minutes he had and he might be able to get it on his next intermission. I found this to be particularly disturbing, since there were only 4 other tables in the place and we had all been served entrees already.

By the end of the evening the bar/lounge area was filled with children who were running all over the place. Making us guzzle our sickening sweet house made limoncello.

As we left the bartender asked what we thought of the place, not wanting to appear rude we said we enjoyed it and he desperately asked us to "tell all your friends". In all fairness, they are brand new and could work out the kinks, but it will be quite a challenge.

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