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C&L review

Monty | Dec 26, 200504:28 PM

We went to C&L Friday night. This was C&L Steakhouse when it opened but the Steakhouse has been dropped and the menu changed. Originally it was mostly steak based on 7 cities in the US (New Orleans, Chicago, Atlanta, etc.) and then appetizers, starches, veggies and desserts from these cities to compliment the steak. One could pick and choose from the different columns.

Well, they have dropped the cities but still have the 5 columns. Appetizer, entree, starch, veggie and dessert. There are now only a couple of steaks, a cornish hien, a veggie entree, a short rib pot pie, fish dish.

There was also a 3 course tasting menu, soup, prime rib w/popover and dessert, $35. This is what my wife opted for and enjoyed it very much. She did add a side of mac and cheese. Dessert was an apple bread pudding which was excellent. Prime rib was a perfect med. rare.

I had the short rib pot pie. The presentation reminded by the Jeanty tomato soup only larger. Big pot with a huge puff pastry crust. For presentation they cut out the crust, putting it on the plate and then spooned out the pot pie. It was very hot and very good, short rib tender, lots of veggies plus the crisp puff pastry. Had the pecan pie for dessert, probably a mistake. Being from the south, it's just hard to find good pecan pie, at least as good as I make at home. This one was pretty dry, not a lot of favor.

Nice wine list with several small winery offerings like the Blacksmith 2002 Cab. It was excellent. with the beef.

In case you aren't familiar with this place, it's in the old Charles Nob Hill space on Jones St, 2 blocks up from California, you can take the cable car from Market if you like. Nice atmosphere and excellent service. It's owned by the owners of Aqua.

This was our second visit, the first since the menu revamp. Will go back, was fun. Certainly was far better than Les Amis the week before, WAY better.

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