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Steve R. | Feb 11, 2004 02:02 PM

My wife and I went last night with another couple. Havent been there for a couple of years. Always liked it, although there was the time that 10 of us went and had a great dinner, then waited 45 minutes for the dessert course, then were told by the manager that they had "run out of chocolate" & had spent the last half hour running around the neighborhood trying to find some. It's the price you pay for eating in a school, I guess.

I searched the chowhound boards for comments and couldnt find anything after '02. I guess it's up to me to write it up.

First of all, the fixed price is still $29.95 for app, entree, salad and dessert. And there are at least 5 choices for each course (except the salad). And its a good wine list, including by the glass choices. I had a good Austrian veltliner (2 glasses) and my wife had the Drouhin white burgundy (2 glasses) at under $8/glass each. Given the large pourings, that's under $32 for a bottle's worth of good wine with individual choice thrown in. I was impressed.

The apps were a very large mushroom/blue cheese tartlette for me(good) and 3 very large shrimp/salad arrangements (great!) for all the others. We expected much smaller portions for this price and were surprised/pleased (we're all big eaters).

The entrees were all excellent. I loved my boulliabase-ish dish, with codfish, shrimp, calamari, & manilla clams in a saffron broth. My wife's pork chop was well constructed as well, with tastes that were interesting without detracting from the thick high quality meat. Our friends raved about their salmon. The pre-dessert salad course was unremarkable but tasty enough.

Desserts were up there with the best. Creme brulee, molten choc. cake w/espresso sauce, apple tart & rice pudding w/pear pieces and infused with orange were all devoured. Everyone liked their coffee but I was dieting so I skipped it.

All of this, including the wine, bottled water, a couple of cranberry juices, tax and 20% tip was $220 for the 4 of us. Sometimes it's worth going to school.

Does anyone else go here? The room was busy enough for a Tuesday night but clearly not fully booked. And the street parking on Grand becomes legal at 6pm! Any comments?

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