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cmd | Mar 9, 2006 09:08 PM

I tried Lineage with a couple of friends this evening.

The short version: it's a nice addition to the neighborhood, apps/sides/desserts more interesting than entrees, price is in line with many "new American" spots in town. I prefer it to Lucy's.

The longer version:

The cocktail list is interesting. I tried a pear sidecar, which was sweet and tart, rimmed with sugar. It was interesting, not sure if I'd order it again.

Appetizers were oysters, smoked salmon (server said it was smoked in-house), and a pizza with mushrooms and truffle oil. I only tried the pizza (which was big enough to share), and enjoyed it very much. The crust was thin and a little chewy--this plus a salad would be a good meal.

Entrees: Skate (can't remember the prep/sides, but I think it was breaded) was pronounced good but salty. Steak was a large portion, cooked correctly to medium. Sides of gruyere potatoes and french string beans were the highlights of that dish. My duck was fine, but the skin was a bit soggy. It came with a delicious risotto cake flavored with (I think) parmesan. This was presented in a sweet/savory sauce--tasty, but I would have preferred it to be separate on the dish so the crispy cake part didn't get soggy.

List of wines by the glass had a lot in the $7-8 range, which was nice. The ones we tried (2 reds and a white--I can't remember what they were) were all ok, nothing exceptional.

Desserts: One was a plate of cookies/milk--6 cookies (3 different kinds) with a dish of the vanilla ice milk. The butterscotch pudding was incredible. I'm not a big dessert fan, and I don't care at all about dessert that's not chocolate, but wow, this was good. It was creamy and not at all slimy, and tasted a bit like creme brule without the egg flavor.

3 apps, 3 entrees, 2 desserts, 2 cocktails, 4 glasses of wine, and a coffee came to just under $200 before tip.

We sat on the bar side of the room, which I think is the nicer looking space. The wood oven is just behind the bar, and that made the area a little warm, but not unpleasant.

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