Monday, November 8, 2010
Restaurant review: Lawry’s The Prime Rib in Dallas
The theme of the night: heavy cream.
At Lawry's The Prime Rib, the ambiance was warm and toasty with dark woods, and we settled into our comfortable chairs and perused the menu immediately. They had wine by the glass, so we made sure to order a fancy $7.50 chardonnay and a $15 Cabernet; neither let us down. The wait staff was superb: friendly without being overbearing. We really liked our server and appreciated her guidance while making choices.
First up: lobster bisque. This was a pretty staunch serving soup, so we went ahead and shared it. The only thing that could have made this soup better would be the addition of lobster meat to the bowl. However, we would order it again. Can you really beat a cream soup?
Next: The Premiere Salad. With crunchy bacon and pecans, Gruyere cheese, and an Italian balsamic vinaigrette, this salad had a nice light taste to it that helped to offset the steak and sides that were coming soon.
The main course: There was a lot going on here, so we're just going to do a quick discussion of sides and steak. The mac and cheese is made with pepper jack. It definitely has a kick to it, which is good because that really set it apart from other blah mac-and-cheese steak house offerings. Worth a try!
The creamed spinach and creamed corn were nondescript. Would definitely pass next time.
And finally, the filet mignon with fried onion strings and potatoes au gratin. This whole plate is a must have. Lawry's is known for its prime rib, but this was a pretty good filet and the accouterments were a plus. The potatoes au gratin rivaled the mac and cheese for our "Favorite Dish" at the table.
I'd say the theme of the night: heavy cream.
For the finale, we wrapped up with the banana-coconut cream pie. We're sad to say we couldn't finish the dish, but it did make a mighty fine breakfast the next day. I think that counts as two servings of fruit, so...
I'm going to go ahead and note that there are some superior steak restaurants in Big D. Nick & Sam's is one of my all time faves; they set the bar high. Lawry's has some good things going for it, but I'm not sure it can compete. That being said, we had a very pleasant dinner, the bill wasn't awful, and we enjoyed our dinner. Give Lawry's a try and see for yourself!
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