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Porterhouse Bistro

Griller141 | Oct 25, 200211:42 PM

In response to requests for a report (I requested information on this place last week in anticipation of a visit last night):

A pretty place in the heart of Beverly Hills (on Wilshire); well spaced tables in a pleasant room; bar at the entry was empty at 7pm.

Unexpectedly extensive grill menu - several fish offerings and a few beef, with the obvious star of the show being the "Porterhouse for Two". At $60.00 this had better be spectacular.

Porterhouse arrived in a manner very similar to Ruth's Chris execpt the butter was offered in a side boat as "natural juices to enhance the flavors".

At $3.00 per bite the meat was a little disappointing; a fair amount of inedible gristle, but generally good texture and ok flavor, and done perfectly to order. Nothing but the plate and the "natural juice" gravy boat came with the meat.

Not-too-overpriced wine list, but certainly nothing you couldn't get at your local Ralph's at 1/3 the price.

Service was amateurish and slipshod - not what you would expect at a place this expensive.

Would suggest Arnie Morton's or the Arroyo Chop House as preferable alternatives; both are actually slightly cheaper. This place seems to me the equivalent of Ruth's Chris but without the obnoxious fried butter and with several non beef alternatives (none tried by me). I suspect this late addition to the steak house fad is soon to be ex.

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