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Dinner at Pinot Grill at Music Center (short)

Baby Ruth | Mar 9, 200603:01 PM

I was always curious about this spot, but I usually show up 15 minutes before curtain and never have time to eat. Last night, I got there early and decided to have a light meal.

The atmosphere is nice, pretty views of the fountains and heat lamps kept our table plenty warm in spite of the chill in the air.

The wine list by the glass isn't that imaginative, but better than the bar and the take-away food area. We had a light Spanish white wine and a Beckmen cuvee.

Note: No bread served, only packaged breadsticks on the table.

The appetizer was a manchego salad, which the menu description doesn't do justice. Glad we eyed the one sitting on the table next ours, a nice round mold with slices of cheese on top. The salad was refreshing, a nice starter.

Decided on steak, ordered medium rare. It arrived very well done. We flagged our waitress, who graciously took it away and made sure we got the replacement in time to enjoy without rushing and make the show on time. She was great and probably underappreciated by the crowds.

Replacement steak was cooked beautifully pink but we should have known better ordering steak there. Barely any flavor, not a great or even good piece of meat. Polenta cake was kind of dry and also bland. Undressed greens on the plate were sort of odd. Not worth the $20.50.

Next time, I would just get a soup and salad combo from the little store there and a glass of wine at the bar. Good to finally know, though.

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