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OC and LA weekend trip report -- reposted and broken up....

janet of reno | Mar 14, 200611:08 AM

I posted a long rambling report late at night...on the wrong board. My bad. So here we go again; only this time to make it more readable (The "enter" key on my laptop is dead) I will report on one restaurant per post....I was in Fullerton on business and then headed over to LA to visit a friend...and other than one spur of the moment lunch I had no say in where we didn't do any chowhound searches ahead of time. So no idea if these places have received chowhound rants or raves previously. Just my impressions, YMMV. The first nights dinner was at The Summit House in Fullerton. I must admit with the cold, wet weather that as soon as I bagged a seat next to the (gas) fireplace I was prepared to love the place no matter what. (Even though I live in a much colder place than LA, I was really cold this weekend. I think it was a matter of expectations and lack of warm clothes in the suitcase). We were a large group (around 10) but still received great, friendly service. My meal started with an ok martini, and we shared the seafood appetizer sampler. The shrimp were good; everything else was so-so. Wish this place had oysters!! My first course was the California Greens Salad. Excellent, with asian pears, blue cheese, and well-dressed. Huge serving; two of us could have easily shared. Since the specialty of the house was prime rib, I went with the flow (smaller cut, which was plenty). The meat was very tender, but could have been a little more flavorful IMO. The requisite Yorkshire pudding was forgettable, as was the creamed spinach (normally a favorite of mine, but this just didn't have much spinach flavor. Frozen spinach?). The creamed corn, otoh, was to die for. It tasted like summer, and was most welcome that (cold) Friday night. For desert I split a lemon tart with my friend....It was wonderful; had a keylime pie taste to it. A good finish. Not my normal choice of restaurant types, but we had a good time and overall I enjoyed my meal.

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