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Dinner at Beechwood

troy | Apr 29, 2005 12:54 PM

Had diner at Beechwood last night. Made a reservation for a table 6:45 but opted to sit in the very noisy bar- more light. I brought a 98 Justin Isosceles which was awesome. I was so glad that bottle was as good as it was. We called ahead to see what the corkage was and the girl said $25, turned out to be $15. We ordered:

Sweet Potato Fries- average I guess. They seemed a bit stale and possibly reheated. Not as good as Fathers Office.

Warm Beet Salad – Great combination of flavors.

Short rib pot pie – yuck- way over salted, and not very good at all with no redeeming qualities. After reading a few posts stating that this was a great dish, maybe it was just a bad day???

Grilled New York- -I would have never ordered a steak here or rarely any where for that matter but since I was drinking a big cab like Justin, I knew it needed a steak. The dish was good, the side of potatoes were perfect and the spinach salad on the side was dressed just right. What is it with restaurants having to put a butter mixture on steak now? Truffle Butter or Foie Gras yes, but everyone seems to have a stilton/Roquefort/blue cheese & butter dollop on top of their steaks now. I this to make up for poorly marbled meat????

Peanut Butter Tart – Nice..We really liked the texture of the peanut butter filling and the chocolate topping. The graham cracker crust was a little soft but a nice dessert anyway.

Rant. Our waitress was great, with only a small issue which I feel sort of guilty about now. She came over to open our wine and serve it, and while doing so she filled our glasses more than half way full before I could stop her. As we left, I noticed some customers using larger cabernet glasses to drink from. I don’t know why (maybe I could ask my therapist?) I felt the need to “politely” tell the waitress I would have appreciated the larger glasses as well as it would be a better to not fill the glasses so full. She didn’t do the “is it corked” taster before pouring both glasses and failed to leave the cork.

Maybe this should all be dismissed, since after all it is basically a bar! I appreciated that for the $15 corkage they served wine in Riedels but had a hard time with the lack of even basic wine skills. I still tipped decently and thanked her but I feel maybe I should have just kept my mouth shut.

Anyway, it was a nice dinner and for two of us it came to $86 without tip. Will we go back? Probably not? But if I need a place with an "LA Scene" and decent food, I'm sure this would be it.

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