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Shorts ribs - Daily Grill vs. Valley Inn in Sherman Oaks

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Shorts ribs - Daily Grill vs. Valley Inn in Sherman Oaks

carter | Apr 10, 2005 12:58 AM

Had only eaten a few times at any Daily Grill, and mostly because I used to work in Brentwood, and thus the local one was convenient. Only lunch, and generally only salads.
Well tonight, a friend, who kept on bragging about how good their food was, finally dragged me into the Studio City location. What a disaster!
Sat at the bar awaiting a table for a few minutes, all the while the wind whistled thru whenever a server opened a doorway to the patio.
Then the meal. Ordered the Short ribs, a special so I was reminded, per the card presented with the regular menu. Split a side of onion rings which were functional, no more, with the breading tasting of no taste at all, and the dressing accompanying them also lacking in almost any flavor.
Then the ribs - no less from Newport Meat Co., a well thought of purveyor. Well, you want fat, gristle, gristle and fat, and some bones thrown in for practice, that is precisely what I got. Without question the worst I have EVER tasted. And the brown gravy - nondescript in every way - just completely buried everything so you would not see just how fat-laden they really were.
Friend had trout, which he said was fine, yet I never tried as it is not my thing.
Good news - when I complained about the ribs, they removed them from the tab (at $23 an order), which was very good and I commended them for it.
Two weeks earlier, we both had eaten at the Valley Inn on Sherman Oaks Ave., just south of Ventura Blvd. just west of the 405, and their short ribs were some of the best I have had, in very marked contrast and in such a short time span differential. Have also had a filet mignon there on another occasion and a 12 oz prime rib rare on yet another, and in both cases done to perfection.
And in all cases, the prices at Valley Inn were cheaper than those at the Daily Grill.
Guess where I will be going some more for my carne fix!

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