I've been a big fan of Vintage since I first tried it in 2006. I've noticed that over the past year or so, it's gone through a ton of changes. I'm going back this Sunday and was wondering if anyone has been there very recently and can give some opinion on the changes?
First off, they took their delicious prime rib off the menu last time I went. When I asked the waiter, he said that management had considered the variables and that prime rib was not a traditional "chophouse" entree so they would axe it. I was disappointed, but we ordered the Canadian Prime filet mignon and striploin, and both were amazing. Especially the filet mignon - that's always been another highlight of the restaurant to me.
Now looking at the menu, they've removed the filet mignon and the ONLY steak they serve that is certified Canadian Prime is the striploin. They now have a 40 day aged Crystal Creek Ranch beef tenderloin, 40 day Crystal Creek Ribeye, 40 day Spring Creek Ranch Flat Iron, an American Kobe Top Sirloin, and a 28 day Black Angus Cowboy Rib Chop for 2.
I'm all for supporting local ranchers (the top sirloin aside), and I think it's great there's such a push in this city to serve high-quality Alberta beef at all sorts of restaurant.
Having said that, the biggest appeal of Vintage to me was that it served Canadian Prime beef (although Bear's Den also apparently does?). And they took away our beloved filet mignon and prime rib on top of that.
I look forward to going back, but I'm more than a bit concerned and skeptical.
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