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A truly noteworthy lunch at Rosemary's

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A truly noteworthy lunch at Rosemary's

Tha Groovin' Gourmet | Apr 5, 2006 10:11 AM

We were in Vegas briefly for the Jeff Beck concert (AWESOME!) and hit Rosemary's first thing Monday at 11:30 for lunch before leaving for home (with a stop at Trader Joe's before hitting the freeway).

As usual, we went with the prix fixe deal (now up to $22.50 for 3 courses, but still well worth it) albeit with more negotiation than usual.

We wound up selecting the following 6 courses:

Hugo's BBQ Shrimp with Maytag Slaw
Bibb Lettuce with bleu cheese vinagrette and bacon
"monte cristo" with onion crust
Filet burger on a bed of sauteed spinach and mushrooms with a shallot reduction sauce
Coconut bread pudding with chocolate fudge sauce
Flourless chocolate cake

All the dishes were fabulous (especially the monte cristo and bread pudding)...no big surprise there. But what was truly impressive was how they handled a (non) problem. I ordered my filet burger "rare with a capital R" as is my preference. The burger came out beautifully presented, very tasty and very juicy, but totally brown, as in "medium with a capital M".

I motioned to the waiter, showed him my burger, and he immediately whisked it away while apologizing profusely.

A couple of minutes later, the day manager stopped by to apologize, but also explained that the burger was indeed rare as requested, but that the soy and homemade worcestershire used in the recipe are what gave the burger its color. She assured me that my replacement would be out shortly, and would be prepared even rarer if I liked, which of course I did.

Burger #2 arrived and I devoured almost all of it...enjoyed the leftovers at home yesterday. It was absolutely delicious...their burger preps are among the best upscale versions I have ever enjoyed.

What made this even more impressive is they comped me half my meal, despite the problem not really being a problem. They only charged me $11 for the Hugo's...salad and entree were free. Now I'm sure the fact the we are quasi-regulars might have influenced their decisions, but I have a feeling that any patron would have been treated in the same classy, professional and unselfish manner.

This is one restaurant that truly has it all...fabulous food (the lovely Denise and I can only count 2 dishes in countless visits that didn't totally knock our socks off), outstanding service, lovely room and a casual, interesting vibe. As always, worth the schlep out Sahara.

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