i've lived around the corner from this place for 6 years without ever walking through the door. i think it's proximity to what used to be a corner of not unshabby merchants made me think that it, too, was undeserving.
after reading the reviews on here though, ive been meaning to give it a shot, and when we were trying to figure out where to go to lunch this morning, we remembered pcg. i called about 11:50 for a reservation for 2 at 12:15, and was i glad i did!
i arrived at 12:15 on the dot and the other patrons waiting in the vestibule seemed more than a bit peeved when we were immediately led through the packed room to a table.
the place was HOPPING. the servers seemed a bit stressed, by my companion noted that he recognized most of the patrons from the local hospital staffs.
we ordered drinks which came promptly despite the rushed atmosphere. my companion (ok, my dad) ordered the hamburger despite me telling him about the rave reviews for the potroast, but he's a big burger guy. i actually got the sirloin which was a lot for lunch, but i've been craving steak for a bit. we got a salad to start that we planned to split.
drink refills were prompt, and the salad, though generic, was good. lettuce crisp, the grape tomatoes were ripe, etc.
Our meals were spectacular. Mine was an 8 oz steak that was perfectly cooked to medium rare, with sauteed button mushrooms and a double baked potato. The potato was to die for, whipped with tons of cheese and a great golden crust. The mushrooms were.... mushrooms, but good.
The burger was also impressive, with crispy fries, and salsa on the side. My dad who is a burger afficianado, swears this is one of the better burgers he's had (for comparison, he was also recently impressed with delux's burger at lunch).
Really, there was nothing much to complain about. Plates lingered quite a bit on our table, but it was very busy, and the staff seemed stressed by it (although if its always this busy, they shouldn't be). I was also surprised that my steak did not come with a salad, but I believe it was only 4$ to add one, which we split easily.
the bill was not outlandish, but also not cheap for lunch, with tip it was 60$ (due mostly to my steak, which was 25$, the burger was 10$). We agreed we'd be back.