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RW: Chart House

Spike! | Mar 10, 2006 08:53 AM

Decided to try something away from restaurant row this time..

Short summary: good entrees, but the rest was just ok and there were plenty of open tables

Started off w/ nice warm rolls (one rye which was unusual and my favorite kind of bread, and two sour dough).

For appetizers, we had a choice of salad or clam chowder. We unfortunately both got the clam chowder which, although it had lots of clam taste and lots of tender clams, was too salty and had a bit too much sand. It was also yellowish which I though was unusual for a standard new england clam chowder.

For entrees, we had the prime rib and mahi mahi. The prime rib was a 10oz cut and very tender (and medium rare as ordered) although the horseradish sauce wasn't that spicy. It came with a scoop of freshly made mashed potatoes topped w/ shredded slivers of baked/fried sweet potatoes (think sweet potato chips except slivers).

The 8oz mahi mahi was the best entree I think. It had a 1/2" macadamia nut crust and sat on a satay/soy sauce base with a side of coconut flavored rice pilaf. It's one of the best ways I've had mahi mahi and the fish was not overcooked.

For dessert, the choices were mud pie and apple/cherry crisp. The mud pie was a slice of coffee flavored ice cream w/ two small scoops of whipped cream and chocoloate and nuts drizzled over the ice cream; this was the better of the two desserts. The apple crisp was a ramakin w/ cinnamon apple/cherry chunks on the bottom topped w/ a scoop of vanilla ice cream and caramel on the top; I expected the crust to be a pastry crust.

There was a big service gaff during the evening, unfortunately. Our waitress had to leave because she was sick and the handoff was fouled up (this was after the appetizers were served). We thought the handoff went ok because the new waiter brought over a steak knife for the prime rib. We ended up waiting 1hr, then the waiter checked and found out the entree order was not put into the queue :-P While the waitress/waiter were there, we had good service (water filled consistently, they checked on how the food was, etc.). There weren't that many people there (maybe 50% full when we left at 8:45), so this was a surprising whoops.

We thought the food overall was better than Legals because of the creativity of the mahi mahi dish (the fish on the regular meny also looked interesting, although more expensive than Legals at the mid/upper 20s range)...

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