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Old 07-02-2008, 02:51 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
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There is a certain kind of restaurant that is more about pretension, seeing people and being seen BY people. I have no interest in this. If they are MORE concerned about making pretty but small display with my food then they are with the amount of it then its not the place for me.
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Old 07-02-2008, 02:56 PM
 
Location: Texas
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There is a certain kind of restaurant that is more about pretension, seeing people and being seen BY people. I have no interest in this. If they are MORE concerned about making pretty but small display with my food then they are with the amount of it then its not the place for me.
Indeed, I've resorted to eating the garnishes in those places, LOL! I was still really HUNGRY!!!!
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Old 07-02-2008, 03:24 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Most of the time when we have put out big bucks to dine somewhere, we have been pleased. I can only think of one restaurant that was very expensive that I was very disappointed in. We just won't be going back there, but in general, we've been pretty pleased. (Maybe our expectations are low! LOL!)
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Old 07-02-2008, 04:11 PM
 
Location: Richardson, TX
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I usually think the food is good at these fancy restaurants, but I never feel like I got my money's worth unless I am dining on a gift card. I'd rather spend the money on shoes.

DH always says "you cook better than any restaurant." I've got a keeper.
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Old 07-02-2008, 07:34 PM
 
Location: Northern VA
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I'd rather go to a homey, cheap, but really great food place than an expensive one. Atmosphere is everything to me when eating. I've done all the expensive ones and now that I'm older w/ kids, they don't interest me.

Well, wait. I'd LOVE to go to a Bobby Flay one. And I'd only go to a Gordon Ramsey one if I knew he was going to be there cooking that night.
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Old 07-02-2008, 09:25 PM
 
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Well I had the same experience, food was great but wasn't great for the price... service was mediocre... the guy/girl came around once or twice and asked if we were okay, my water glass was "usually" empty for a prolonged time... I ate at a lot of "fancy" restaurants and chains like Mortons, etc. etc... I thought that was all there was UNTIL I tried Fogo de Chao (brazilian steakhouse) and OMG... food, water, side dishes were CONSTANTLY coming out.. there were several people that checked up on us like every 10 minutes to see if we needed anything else or special requests... In the end, I must of eaten 10-12 different meats, a pound of asparagus, four sidedishes of mashed potatoes, the salad bar was AMAZING... Service was way, WAY beyond expectations... everyone was clean and was polite... I felt like a celebrity with the constant attention and outstanding food (did I mention its all you can eat)... The price was well below what I spend at steakhouses and other fancy restaurants... to me, its a no-brainer now... these steakhouses and fancy restaurants are about to meet their maker once this chain is appearing in more and more cities...
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Old 07-02-2008, 10:12 PM
 
Location: Seattle Area
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For my 50th birthday in May of 2004 several friends of mine arranged for a sort of semi-surprise dinner. I knew we were going out to dinner...I did not know where we were going until we actually arrived at the restaurant.

Needless to say I was very surprised when we pulled up to The Herbfarm Restaurant in Woodinville, WA. I had always wanted to go there, however it is not something I would normally do.

The Herbfarm Restaurant is legendary in these parts and has continually received only glowing reviews from newspapers and magazines from around the country...and around the world. Travel & Leisure magazine rates it as one of the top 50 restaurants in the world, and AAA has given it the AAA 5-Diamond Award...

The food was spectacular, the wine was equally spectacular and the service was impeccable. The menu was prix fixe and the meal consisted of nine courses over a four-hour period.

We dined on caviar and crab, Copper River Salmon, Alaskan halibut, and lamb, several different cheeses and for desert we had Blackberry-Rose Geranium Ice Cream. After desert they served us several pieces of the best chocolate I'd ever had, coffee and a glass of Port wine.

It was the best meal I've ever had...

Was it worth it yes, I'd say that even if I was paying...will I do it again, probably not, as it was a very special evening with very special friends...and sometimes evenings like that cannot be duplicated, nor should they...
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Old 07-03-2008, 06:00 AM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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We will be going to Michael Symon's (the newest Iron Chef) restaurant, Lola, this month. We really haven't gone to any place good in years so I'm hoping for some food that is different and good.
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Old 07-03-2008, 12:39 PM
 
Location: Finally made it to Florida and lovin' every minute!
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Well I had the same experience, food was great but wasn't great for the price... service was mediocre... the guy/girl came around once or twice and asked if we were okay, my water glass was "usually" empty for a prolonged time... I ate at a lot of "fancy" restaurants and chains like Mortons, etc. etc... I thought that was all there was UNTIL I tried Fogo de Chao (brazilian steakhouse) and OMG... food, water, side dishes were CONSTANTLY coming out.. there were several people that checked up on us like every 10 minutes to see if we needed anything else or special requests... In the end, I must of eaten 10-12 different meats, a pound of asparagus, four sidedishes of mashed potatoes, the salad bar was AMAZING... Service was way, WAY beyond expectations... everyone was clean and was polite... I felt like a celebrity with the constant attention and outstanding food (did I mention its all you can eat)... The price was well below what I spend at steakhouses and other fancy restaurants... to me, its a no-brainer now... these steakhouses and fancy restaurants are about to meet their maker once this chain is appearing in more and more cities...

I went to the Fogo de Chao in Dallas a few years ago. It was quite good, but I don't think I'll go back. Not because of anything the staff did or the quality of the food. It was all excellent. Just not my type of fancy dining.
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