Has anyone been to the Dal Rae lately, or ever? Friends took us last night for the first time, and it was an incredibly satisfying, retro kind of meal, albeit in the middle of nowhere. The Dal Rae, in Pico Rivera on Washington Blvd., is an elegant 50-year-old steakhouse with a Rat Packy kind of feel, serving food you just don't find anywhere else anymore -- Lobster Thermador, Chateaubriand, Cherries Jubilee. The presentation was marvelous, the portions huge (along with the calories, alas), and the service gracious. It's the kind of place where if you come in even only once every few months, as my friends do, the owners and wait staff will remember you and greet you by name.
Recommendations: the mixed green salad with homemade roquefert cheese grated at your table, the pepper steak, a huge version like nothing you've ever seen, piled with chopped seasoning, and the two flaming desserts, Cherries Jubilee and Bananas Flambe. While these are for two people each and we were six, we explained that we each just wanted a taste of each dessert, and the staff graciously prepared just enough tableside for everyone to get two tiny ice cream dishes, nicely presented on doilied plates, with a sampling of each dessert. Bonus: the sinful garlic bread, soaked through with oil, they slide right in front of you, making it impossible to say no.
Not cheap, but definitely worth a splurge every once in a while. FYI for trivia buffs: One of the few earlier posts I found on the Dal Rae said it was named after a quarter horse. My friends said no, the name comes from the first three letters of each of the original owners' last names.