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The Straight Beef on Wolfgangs

Adsvino | May 14, 200811:10 AM

Went with 3 mates on Tuesday. Place packed with the buzz of a new restaurant in the epicenter of the wealthy business community. Lots of tables packed with suited men, Japanese businessmen, BH families. Nice clean room, comfortable tables.

The hits and misses:

The wine list - terrible, overpriced dreck. Stick to the $40 Gruner Veltliner and the $95 2002 Roda Rioja. DO NOT order California wines. Martinis probably a decent bet. Most cabernets from 2004-5, super young with huge markup. Bring your own? Not at $50 corkage.

The service - gruff, prompt, efficient. They stick to their routine, don't change it up on them. A request for toasted, not icy bread was met with confusion. Wolfgang himself amiable, workmanlike.

Bread terrible, but who cares, you are there for the best meat.

Apps: Crabcake, awful. Lobster Cocktail, awful, mis-named and expensive. The bacon, a home run, packed with gooey flavor. Avoid all overpriced apps, get some bacon, and move on.

Steak for 3: Mind blowing, best I've ever had. Salty, minerally, juicy. Sides of spinach and German potatoes awesome as well. In a food-induced high at this point.

Dessert: Pecan Pie (nice, small) and Cheesecake with Schlag (awesome).

Bill for 4: $411. Ended up leaving the change of $500 as the waiters never returned it. Valet parking $7.

The summary: Stick to the basics, be prepared to spend, worth it.

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