Just a thank you to Ted and the other Chowhound's who recommended Bistro Verdu (of which much has been said). A similar labor of love to Chloe in Playa and even Table 8 in Hollywood, this place has the added attraction of BYOW for the time being and no corkage, 25% less prices than the other two and small town simplicity that I, frankly, found refreshing. Two lovely women, Alisa and Marty make the front sensible and friendly and were so apologetic because we waited 25 minutes past our reservation. We liked the menu and for the most part the food. The Calamari promised more garlic and lemon than delivered and was a bit chewy but the premise was good and the Bouillabaise had great flavor (for $16) and lots of seafood. I realized that I've only been to Montrose four times and each was restaurant motivated: the wonderful La Cabanita three doors south of Bistro Verdu, the short lived Pie 'n Burger franchise and Zeke's. I look forward to going back.
Sunday found us in Fullerton, responding to a recommendation on Merrill Schindler's show the day before for Stubrick's Steakhouse on Commonwealth. Like Taylor's, again, a great neighborhood feel. I had a very good Choice Sirloin for $13 that came with nice garlic mashed potatoes and gravy and the added Caesar Salad for $1 more. The Bananas Foster imitation was tasty enough that three of us devoured the entire dessert in five minutes. All told, two steak dinners, one halibut dinner, some tasty wings appetizer with garlic cheese bread, a bottle of Valley of the Moon Zin and three glasses of Chardonnay to start came to $101 before tip. We noted that it's right next door to the new Metro Link station with some interesting antique shops in the area.