A good friend and I went to Dan Tanas last night for the first time. While I understand some of the gripes it is not gourmet fare I must say I loved the place. And for a rainy Monday night, usually a death note for any restaurant, it was jam-packed the entire time we were there, from 7:30 to almost 10 pm. People were still waiting when we left.
We followed all the directives and started with the garlic bread. Good Lord. It should be called Cheese Bread with Tons of Garlic and More Cheese. Or perhaps Decadent Cheesy Garlic Death Bread. Again, this was not gourmet fare, but I think the bread would be included in a last meal for me. Then we had the Caesar; it rivals Mussos Caesar, which for me is high praise. Loaded with garlic, very peppery, with lots of lemon, it was terrific. It is a heavy Caesar, lots of dressing, big croutons that had been soaked in the dressing, but clearly you do not go to Dan Tanas for light fare. (Between the bread and the Caesar, I was drinking water all night long from the garlic breath. A sign of a good meal.) Then we each had a strip. Mine was perfectly cooked, and I mean perfect. A good sear but not charred, tender and juicy inside, medium-rare to a T, great flavor. And the Diablo pasta on the side was just as hounders noted: spicy, terrific, a perfect accompaniment.
Thanks for all the recs, I will be going back for years to come.