Our plan of eating out at Emilio's was squashed when someone from the restaurant called - the day of our reservation - to say they were remodeling and wouldn't be offering dinner. Was this a recent plan we wondered? Oh well, we quickly regrouped and made a reservation at the last place Casey worked as a buser; Chandler's Steakhouse. None of us had eaten there so we were looking forward to a change of scenery.
We started our dinner off with two appetizers; Shrimp Scampi and Mediterranean Mussels.
Both were delicious.
Chandler's wine list includes over 300 wines. We went with Bodegas Trapiche, Broquel '05 and followed that with Magari, Ca'Marcanda, Gaja '05.
Vanessa, Chris and I ordered the Prix Fixe Menu which at $27 includes soup or salad, entrée and dessert. Seemed like a bargain, and it was. Chris and Vanessa both went with the Pork Tenderloin (Herb encrusted tenderloin of pork with roasted garlic mashed potatoes finished with a peppercorn sauce).
I chose the one vegetarian option, the Vegetarian Torte (Phyllo-filled with roasted eggplant, zucchini, red bell pepper, mushrooms, ricotta cheese, wild rice and basil on a bed of fresh spinach with roasted garlic sage butter and fresh chanterelles).
Kim ordered the Alaskan King Salmon (Pan-seared filet of fresh wild king salmon set on garlic mashed potatoes with roasted shallots, wild mushrooms and a pinot-noir sauce).
We were all thrilled with our choices. Definitely delicious.
Dessert was Fresh Fruit Cobbler, Grand Marnier Chocolate Mousse and Butterscotch Crème brûlée.
Kim, probably trying to explain some esoteric financial philosophy.
The "graduate" (Bachelor's degree in accounting), with boyfriend Chris.
And with Mom.
Kim and I.
And the whole group.
We were only missing Casey who is out on a fire in Utah.
So proud of our graduate.
Oh, and the bill; not bad.
We'll be happy to return to Chandler's. Great food, good service, nice atmosphere, and the live music was also appreciated.