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Restaurants & Bars

C&L Steakhouse (semi-long)

Monty | Apr 3, 200501:11 PM     1

Friday night my wife and I had dinner at the C&L Steakhouse. If you aren't familiar with it, it's located in the old Charles Nob Hill location on Jones St. The decor had not been changed alot, some new paint and better lighting. Charles always seemed very subdued and always felt like we needed to whisper there, now you can actually talk outloud with no problem.

Since it was the first time there, we somewhat followed the Michael B. guidelines from his review. If you haven't read it, the menu is somewhat like a Chinese menu, one from column A, one from column B, etc. They have taken 8 cities and created a "regional menu" for that city that consists of a first course ($8), a steak ($30), a starch ($4), a veggie ($4) and a dessert (either $8 or $10, don't remember). All steaks are said to be 10 ounces with the exception of the petit filet and are cooked medium rare. I was a little surprised that both our steaks were rather thin, not big hunks of meat, maybe 1" thick. It takes very good folks to cook thinner steaks correctly, good char and crust yet medium rare inside. Those people are on the job at C&L, the steak was perfect and melted in your mouth. Outstanding beef from Oregon.

Our first courses were a black-eyed pea salad with shrimp hushpuppies and the Seattle oyster pie with leeks and a puff pastry crust. I did the Atlanta steak, a pan-roasted sirloin with bernaise sauce while my wife did the pepper crusted (steak au poive) with bourbon sauce. Sauces were served on the side in small pitchers. Did frites and twice baked potato, both outstanding and both pleanty enough for two with no problem. Veggies were grilled bok choy with garlic vinegarette and the steakhouse staple, creamed spinach. Dessert was bananas foster and a rubarb tart.

Over all everything was excellent and we really look forward to going back. Would try some of the other choices and probably wouldn't order all parts, just way too much. Like I said, most were plenty big for two so would probably go that way.

Took a bottle of 1991 Cayumus Special Select cab. The wine person didn't offer to decant it which somewhat surprised me considering the age. However, very nice stemware was provided, corkage was $20.

So, if you're looking for a new place to try I would certainly give this one a try.

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