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belmont--drink don't eat

dwg | May 16, 200512:39 PM

this is probably one of those posts that people will read and think "yeah, i knew that already," but if and when you go to the belmont on la cienega next, do not eat. seriously, eat at home and then go and have drinks. the patio is charming enough (although their choice of classic rock all night was odd, to say the least) but the food was inedible. my friend got the "new york strip" and when i asked the waiter if i should get that or the rib-eye, he enthusiastically said the latter. apparently this place is "known" for its steaks. well, it should be, but not in a good way. i got a pile of what looked like table scraps, arranged around a "bone" which was more like a semi-solid lobe of cartilage. the whole thing was more fat than meat, and i don't mean that it was marbled. it was like a cross between innards and already semi-digested muscle. my friend ordered his strip well-done, so i couldn't say whether it was better or not even if i wanted to, but i tried some "seared ahi" that was so heavily crusted with sesame seeds and tasteless peppercorns that it was like eating trail mix, and i had a grilled artichoke that was the only edible thing i saw all night.

what convinces restaurants that having servers enthusing over their food is a good idea when the food turns out to be poisonous? i mean, if a place wants to be a place people hang out and they happen to serve food in case of emergency, why not just be honest about it? i would've been way less upset if the waiter had been like "the steaks are okay, or you could get a burger--same difference, really" than i was faced with the pile of steaming crap that alonzo or kurt or whoever he was had just told me was one of the better steaks in l.a. not that i believed that, but i didn't expect one of the two worst i've ever had (other was chaya).



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