Thanks for recommendations. Youngish bartender nevertheless was perfect serving my grey goose martini and my father's ice water, delightful meal and I'm glad I took the advice for abalone though I wouldn't do it again: five battered slices for $52 (egggy rather than floury batter though which I appreciated; reminded me of Korean fish preparations); I said I wanted none of the sides and was willing to pay for creamed spinach in lieu of the veg du jour, potatoes or rice pilaf etc etc; it took a series of exchanges before our waitress understood I did not want any of their gratis fourteen starches and she believed me that I would pay for spinach regardless (duly omitted, duly charged). Spinach was overnutmegged, undersalted; but my father's pepper steak was generous enough to make up for any omission in my order. Plus they allowed me a Caesar salad for one and did not flinch at my request for real anchovies. Only bread I like is flat bread; ate a lot of their rosemary flats which were too sour for my taste but the crunch is the thing.
A success altogether though the wine list is pedestrian (15 corkage); my father went back a few days later with several OC friends/family who remembered the place from Fullerton-- is that so?
At 12.54 minutes from downtown per mapquest I will be back, but not sure the prices, distance and fare will outweigh Taylor's regularly.