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Lawry's The Place for Prime Rib (review)

bluesdaddy | Apr 7, 200802:23 PM

Dinner for 2 on a beautiful Dallas Saturday evening. Drinks at 8, dinner to follow. As we were walking in I was surprised to see a fair sized group of jeans clad patrons emerge from the restaurant. The last Lawry's I visited in Beverly Hills allowed no jeans. Oh well, different culture, different city.

Upon arrival, I asked to see the MaitreD or Captain and was surprised to find that Lawry's did not have either. We were asked to wait in the bar and we gladly did while we enjoyed 2 excellent Mojito's (thank you Joseph). Shortly after, we were seated. How interesting that the table was rolled out for us to access our seats.

I had the lobster bisque soup while my companion had the famous "spinning salad". The bisques was great, deep in creamy flavor and texture. The salad, very good, but the "spinning" part was not performed with flair. Ah but the warm sourdough bread...wonderful.

Our prime ribs were cut tableside, but the carver kept his back to us blocking the view of the carving cart which was a huge silver station on wheels. It reminded me in shape of the early atomic bombs of the 1950's.

Tip to Chowhounds, the rare prime rib cut is extremely rare, cool, almost cold, with a very "bloody" presentation. My companions medium cat was actually what I would usually call rare. Be warned...

Dessert was a chocolate souffle, but the waitress forgot to turn in the dessert order when our prime rib arrived, so we had a long, but worthwhile wait.

By the way, the Lawry's house cabernet was very good at just $11 a glass.

Total with tax and generous tip, $178.00. Value for the $, good, but not great.

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