My dad was in town this weekend, which gave me an occasion to try several new (to me) places.
First - I have to say a huge THANK YOU to my fellow chowhounds. This was a great chow weekend, made especially good because because I remembered some recommendations.
Strip Club - We went on Friday night. Very full and kind of noisy. We were a little early and slipped up to the bar to order drinks. My dad loves a bourbon Manhattan and he was pleased with this one. I liked the brandy Manhattan a little more. I LOVED the maraschino cherries. I was sharing the fact that they are house-made, and the bartender slipped me one to try. Wow, blows away all other maraschino cherries. We even begged a small cup to take home and eat over cheesecake.
The steaks were fantastic. Perfectly cooked and super beefy tasting. One of us got the duck which was also lovely and luscious. The bit hit of the night, though, was the beans and toast (a chowhound rec). My companions could not stop exclaiming over how good they were and that they would never have thought to order them.
Muffuletta - My dad wanted a really brunchy brunch (ie. rich and decadent). I remembered the recs for Muffuletta and called for a last minute table. They fit us in with no problem. It was perfect. Great space, very cozy. We got an amuse of coffee cake drizzled with blackberry coulis which was tart and sweet. We had so much fun exclaiming over the brunch options and that we wanted to try everything. We finally settled on berry pancakes, eggs benedict and a tartiletta. Everything was delicious. The pancakes were fluffy and soaked in yummy berry juice. The eggs benedict were a wonderful traditional rendition. The tart-thing was amazing. It was much more like a hash - with diced potatoes layered in a skillet, topped with a lovely sherry cream sauce and topped with two poached eggs. It was heavenly and I soaked up the last drops of sauce with a fresh biscuit.
So thanks again to all of my fellow chowhounds for the great suggestions that allow me to eat and share wonderful food.