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Prime 29; West Bloomfield/DTW

rainsux | Jun 16, 201505:08 AM

This was our first visit.

We wanted good steaks, good wine and a patio. Prime 29 is nearby, but we have never visited because the patio fronts Maple Road and we were worried about road noise. Road noise is not a problem. They play an easy listening selection at a volume low enough to allow conversation without straining, and just loud enough that the road noise is not particularly noticeable/objectionable.

We arrived without a reservation at 6PM and were seated promptly. Our waiter was excellent; prompt, knowledgeable and attentive. He did not write down our order; which always makes me worry ... more on this later.

We shared the calamari appetizer - a generous portion and expertly prepared. Among the best I have ever eaten.

We also shared a Village salad - Croutons, tomato, croutons, cucumber, croutons, red onion, croutons, ricotta & croutons. Croutons dominate this salad. I would not order again.

We both ordered 8 oz filets, medium rare and split an order of green beans. One steak arrived medium, the other was medium well. The waiter offered (insisted) on re-doing both steaks. We had other plans for the evening and simply did not have time to accommodate a redux. The filets themselves were excellent pieces of meat and nicely seasoned. The green beans were fresh and thankfully, not overcooked ... but the portion size (for one) was a bit stingy for $9.

Who screwed-up both steaks? Dunno. Not writing down an order always bugs me. Perhaps the waiter entered our order incorrectly. Perhaps the kitchen screwed-up. No paper trail. Our schedule could not accommodate them fixing the problem. Without me asking or fussing, Prime 29 did comp our two glasses of wine. Thank you.

Before tip and without the two glasses of wine: $116.

Their WiFi network: Do NOT use. It is NOT safe for customers, inspite of being "encrypted."

CCW friendly (if you are not drinking).

The website ... autoplays music. Arrrrgh.

I am marking Prime 29 down (only) 1-star due the two steak problems, the unanticipated nature of the crouton salad and the somewhat stingy portion of green beans. Had they not offered to comp the wine, I would've marked them down 2-stars.

Will I return? Yes. I want to give them another chance at a defect-free dining experience.

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