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Schwab's - long

phee | Aug 28, 200403:03 PM

We did our trek to LA yesterday to check out Amoeba Music. Two words on that: wow and ka-ching (but we got alot for our money). We'll definitely make this a monthly excursion!

Anyway, about Schwab's. In our wandering about, we happened upon this place first and we were starving. They weren't terribly busy - two tables outside occupied and two inside - so we took our chances. My daughter ordered linguine with tomatoes, basil, garlic but sans the jalapenos. I ordered the creamy polenta with grilled vegetables, and we split a garden salad. The garden salad was delivered quickly, and consisted of mixed greens (some a little too adventurous for my teen) with diced cucumbers, tomatoes, and a creamy ranch-type dressing (her choice). Nothing special, but it was good. I made a note to try the Heirloom Tomato salad next time. Fortunately for the service staff, we were killing time, waiting for rush-hour traffic to die down to drive back to San Diego. You see, they misplaced our order. Our waitperson couldn't have been more apologetic, and considering the traffic, we were okay with it. But more on that later. My daughter loved her linguine. I had a bite and the pasta was al dente, just enough tomatoes and seasoning (I would have liked the jalapenos!). My creamy polenta was very good, and the grilled veggies were a good accompaniment. I must say I'm not as crazy about grilled zucchini, as it has a tendency to get mushy in parts, but the asparagus, onions, and red peppers were yummy. The polenta was a nice contrast, and had a cheesy flavor. We opted out on dessert, as we were both full.

Our waitperson informed us they'd only been open since Tuesday. Apparently there have been building delays with opening several of the shops there, as well. We loved the decor, with very nice lighting and beautiful accents. Very modern, though they left the concrete pillars on the perimeter exposed, which was a nice contrast. Very eager wait staff, nicely dressed in their black on black. We had no lack of refills on drinks, and the manager stopped by to see how we were doing. One thing I would fault: the lack of separate forks for salad and entree (considering the quality of restaurant). The sign of class: they halved our entrees because the kitchen misplaced the order. I know many will say "well, they should have", but face it - not every place will own up to it. They're new, and deserve a break. It will be interesting to see how they fare. It stands another visit in our book, as it's close, only next time for lunch.

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