Well, Hubby and I lucked out with our Holiday dining options.
Milan was our first Saturday before Christmas choice. A lovely atmosphere that was not diminished by sub-par food. We enjoyed a delectable Caesar salad, lambchops, even a decent crabcake. Service was excellent. Pricing, especially for the wines by the glass, very acceptable.
Christmas Eve at the Oregon Grille--I believe that the kitchen has stepped up a notch or two. I love the Holiday atmosphere with the pianist and dressy attitude. Sometimes, in the past, the food was not up to our expectations. We were quite pleased with the grilled romaine salad, oysters, veal chop, etc. I must insert, that I requested a few changes to the items we ordered. The kitchen staff (chef) accommodated my requests without any hesitation. Our server is one of the best. He used to work at Peerce's Plantation years ago--where we dined quite frequently. So, to our delight, he was our waiter for our dinner. One more plus for an exemplary evening of dining, service, music, and ambience..
Christmas Night--Prime Rib. What a rocking place. People dressed up and feeling festive. A three piece music combo. The wait staff were in high gear. Of course, the salad Buzz was light and more then plentiful. Greenberg potato skins, crab imperial, prime rib, et al. I'd forgotten what a truly great dining establishment, that doesn't give in to the trends of molecular cuisine, etc. A great standard.
Now, that's not to say that I don't enjoy the new trends in any form of cuisine. But, sometimes, especially during a Holiday season where tradition plays a significant part of celebration, it is great to enjoy the traditional offerings.
Hope all of you delightful Chowhounds had a great holiday and best wishes for the coming year. Bon appetite. FoiGras