On Sunday evening, the EE, four friends and I made our way to Mr. Stox to celebrate my (gulp) 49th birthday. I have lived in OC for about 47 of my 49 years and, for some reason, had never tried it. Boy, was I missing out!
We had six cocktails, six starters, six entrees, three desserts and a bottle of champagne.
The salads were fine -- ceasar and a house salad. My sis and the EE both enjoyed the house specialty, lobster bisque. The star among the starters was the foie gras -- presented in a non-sweet sauce with sauteed apple -- very nicely done and heartily approved by our foie gras lover who ordered it.
Two of us had the evening's fish special -- grilled salmon served on crabmeat. Both were perfectly cooked and delicious. Two of us had prime rib which was correctly cooked and nicely presented. Two of us (including me) had New York steaks, again, cooked to order and the meat was delicious -- full-flavored and tender. The sides were complimentary to the meats.
My sister and I ordered the chocolate souffle for dessert. You need to order it when you order your meal to allow prep time. It was a large portion, made from Sharffenberger chocolate -- a milk chocolate version rather than a dark chocolate version. I ate about 1/4 of mine (sharing the rest) and it was a really nice birthday indulgence. The other dessert was a little peach tart served with blueberry icecream. It must have been good because my brother in law, next to whom I was sitting, refused to share!
Total tab: $460 including tax and tip. In LA county it would have been about 30% or 40% more, I think. It was a really nice meal and we'll be back!