The Grubs still reviewing options for the Son of a Grubs wedding rehearsal dinner next month stopped by Flints (Pico Blvd, inches west of SM Fwy) last nite (Fri) for a look-see. Arrived unreserved at about 7:15 & rather large dining room was EMPTY (theres that Russkar thing again). Kinda nifty room however fancy-pants old west décor in modern Show me the air ducts!) room.
Seated in comfy small booth. Warned by our charming host/server Peter when ordering wines that the list was being overhauled, but 96% of selections were still available. Short, fairly uninspired, but reasonably priced list. The Grubs are basically big, fruity red zinaholics. Choice #1 no. #2, #3, #4 (not zins, but big reds) no. Peter takes off & returns with a full glass of Coppola claret for us to try. Pretty damn great, it turns out huge claret. Leaves the glass, brings a bottle ($35).
Straightforward American menu steak, chicken, fish, shrimp that needed super Grub-o-vision to read. Crab cakes to start. 3 large minced, prob canned, crabcakes. Comforting, not exceptional. Calamity Grub orders filet excellent, w splendid pommes frites. Hopalong Grub tries the pork chop. Very nice, again nothing exceptional. In the $15-20 range.
Peter tells us dessert choices about half-dozen of the usual suspects. Hoppy opts to the surprise of Calamity for not chocolate, but bread pudding. Peter returns a few mins later, chagrined. No bread pudding. He insists of comping any other dessert, so Grubman wolfs down an admirable flourless chocolate cake, beautifully executed & presented. With Calamitys hot & delicious cappuccino, Peter shows up w 2 big glasses of Rodney Strong pinot noir to further mellow our mood & lead us toward outright public drunkenness. By the time we leave, dining room is still only about ¼ full.
Bottom line: Flints is a pleasant stop for mainline American cooking kinda like a hip, upscale Billingsleys. They have an alcove table that would be perfect for our dinner party, so who knows? Most of the guests will be decidedly unhoundly, so maybe the Son of & the future Mrs. Son of a Grub will go for the homier place w a big full bar over the clearly superior chow & more sedate atmosphere at Lillys. Stay tuned.