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In-laws visit the week of Thanksgiving -- reviews

Dorothy | Nov 25, 200507:20 PM

OK, so we persuaded the in-laws to visit us for Thanksgiving this year and spent four days showing them a good time. They returned home this morning. We ate out for several meals. We took them to a couple favorite places, and a new place. All were hits:

Monday we picked them up at LAX right around lunch time. We whisked them to the Houstons's in Manhattan Beach on Rosecrans for lunch. FIL had the prime rib french dip and loved it. MIL and husband shared the lemon sole. Now MIL is a real gourmet and these folks know their seafood. She liked the sole. My rare ahi was perfect for lunch -- satisfying but didn't weigh me down. The Houston's cole slaw was a great foil for it.

On Tuesday, we took them to the Reagan Library. They really enjoyed the experience. We ate at the Reagan Country Cafe. It was the typical museum cafe with pre-packaged sandwiches and salads. But for what it was, the food was fresh and tasty. Husband snagged a pulled pork sandwich that was pretty tasty. My ham sandwich was good, and MIL's turkey sandwich was made with real, carved turkey.

On Tuesday evening we scored a surprise hit. FIL is a major Winston Churchill fan, and he and MIL are both serious anglophiles. So, more for the atmosphere than for any expectation of a fine meal, we took them to Sir Winston's on the Queen Mary. BINGO. One standout was MIL's Chilean Sea Bass which she (generally a good sharer) neglected to let me taste. Husband had a very well executed lobster bisque. But the really delicious item was my starter: A small tarte tatin (yes, could have been a dessert) topped with sauteed fois gras. I mean to tell you -- the apples, the fois gras . . . magical. The meal (four apps, four entrees, four coctails) was about $285, inclusive. We'll go back.

On Wednesday, I took MIL and sister-in-law (who arrived that morning) to the Getty. We had lunch at their restaurant. SIL had a lobster sandwich that probably had 6 oz. of lobster meat in it and she made short work of it. MIL liked her braised short ribs, and my salad Nicoise with fresh tuna (rare, again) was quite nice. I'm getting addicted to the rare tuna thing!

For dinner on Wednesday we hied ourselves off to King's Fish House in Orange. As usual, the food was reliably tasty and fresh. Swordfish picatta is back on the menu, so I was a happy camper.

My two home-cooked dinners (turkey & dumplings on Monday, and lamb for Thanksgiving) were also pronounced quite good, so culinarily, the in-laws trip was a success! They'll be back!

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