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111 Chop House, Woostah - Good? Better? Best?

Lilibet Jan 11, 2007 07:10 PM

Haven't been there yet - husband inquired if it's where I'd like to go on for my birthday in a couple of weeks.
Anyone been there recently?
Would like to have some insight from others before we drop a ton of cash.
I'd hate to be dissapointed.

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  1. trufflehound RE: Lilibet Jan 11, 2007 09:03 PM

    Went there last fall. Yes, you'll drop some cash but not as much as the Boston steakhouses. Soft shell crab, prev. frozen was quite good and crisp as I like them. I had a trio of filets mignon, which comes with some accompaniments, as many dishes do. The sides are more reasonable than the capital, etc. also less bountiful. Had squash, asparagus and mashed. Can't recall what the others had, but no complaints.The usual suspects on the wine list. All in all a good meal for a not unreasonable price.

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      tunapet RE: Lilibet Jan 12, 2007 01:30 PM

      I have not been but my husband has dined there on many occasions and loves it.

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        woostalicious RE: Lilibet Jan 14, 2007 02:28 PM

        I've been there once and thought it was good, not great. Everything was tasty, but nothing really knocked my socks off. I think that if you want to stay in the Worcester area it's a good place to go, but if you're willing to go into Boston for your birthday dinner, you could find something more special. Have you been to Willy's Steakhouse in Shrewsbury? It's actually a combination sushi/ steakhouse place, and I find it to be just as good, if not better than 111 Chophouse, with a nice atmosphere and not as much attitude. http://www.willyssteakhouse.com

        1. Lilibet RE: Lilibet Jan 14, 2007 04:59 PM

          Actually, I took my husband to Willy's for his b-day dinner a few years back. Food was okay, service was pleasant, wine list fine.
          Too bad the noise level from a group of pre-pubescent soccer boys was horrible. Why don't parents take their kids to McDonalds??

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            cie RE: Lilibet May 30, 2007 04:13 PM

            I agree with Lilibet about the loud groups !! BUT my gripe is about groups of loud, giggly, girly grown men at the Sole !! Seated next to groups (that don't get out much???) twice now, one guy actually trailed the group of men out and sheepishly said to me very sweetly "I'm sorry":) I never returned there-personally I cannot see why the Sole is packed!! It sucks. Same owners (Sole P.) with 111Chophouse , and just as packed. I miss Valle's, Jimmy's Harborside and The Hilltop. But locally, go to the Harlequin at Beechwood it is quiet, elegant, and the food is fine !! For me, Block 5 is the most horrendous seating, but food is tasty. Yes I am waiting for TiNovo to re-open, but hmmm I doubt it will stay open?? Maybe it will. A nice restaurant needs to go into the old Tatnuck Bookseller location but WHEN?? And we prefer to say Worcester not Woosta...eww. That should not stick. It sounds horrendous !! maybe a local yokel once started it but do we have to expand it's life??? Repeat : WorcestER. Sound that ER. (I am born n bred in MA and do pronounce my Rs properly) Don't you wish everyone did?

          2. Rick_V RE: Lilibet Jan 14, 2007 05:13 PM

            I consider the Chophouse overrated, too noisy, and a bit too full of itself. For a special birthday meal in the central Mass. area, I favor Sonoma in Princeton. Other reliable fine dining choices in Worcester are Rovezzi's and newcomers TriBeCa (just across from the Chophouse) and Castellana's. All of those are sort of upscale Italian/Mediterranean, though.

            1. Science Chick RE: Lilibet Jan 14, 2007 06:20 PM

              I agree with the lackluster posts on the Chophouse. Way too loud everytime I've been, overpriced and really not that wonderful. I recently had a fabulous meal at Tinovo's, downtown. Amazing building and the food was great.

              http://www.tinovo.com

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                trufflehound RE: Science Chick Jan 15, 2007 11:15 AM

                Currently closed for 'restructuring'.

              2. Eatin in Woostah RE: Lilibet Jan 15, 2007 01:27 AM

                I have to agree - Chop House is sort of overrated. It's a decent steak house if you don't want to go to Boston, but doesn't hold a candle to a place like Morton's. Ironically, my husband took me to Willy's in Shrewsbury for my birthday on Wednesday, but it was very disappointing. We've had good meals there before, but this time we were seated directly next to the kitchen, behind a very loud, obnoxious group. We could have forgiven that because it's a small space, but sadly the sushi was not good. For some reason they chose to use hard-as-rock avocado in many of the rolls,which completely ruined them. We did have the Korena beef bulgoki appetizer which was tasty.

                For a birthday dinner in Worcester try Block 5 or Bocado. I've also heard good things about TiNovo and Castellano's, though we haven't tried them yet.

                1. phelana RE: Lilibet Jan 15, 2007 03:47 PM

                  Block Five is fine..a but cold..bring a sweater..

                  1. invinotheresverde RE: Lilibet Apr 19, 2007 12:56 PM

                    The Chop House uses prime steaks, so the meats are quality and delicious (although nothing is dry aged, unfortunately). The prices, for what you get, are quite good, actually. The only problem I have is the presentation on some of the dishes can be a bit lackluster.
                    HOWEVER, I don't even go to the Chop House for the food; I go for the wine list. They've got all the usual suspects, along with a few gems, for the most amazing prices. I recently drank a '99 Beringer Private Reserve...for $48. Yes, $48. Not $48 a glass, but per bottle. That bottle EASILY sells for over $100 anyplace else. I also has a 1999 Heitz Martha's Vineyard for about $150. That's just ludicrous. That wine is $300 a bottle anywhere else, if you can even find it.
                    Go to the Chop House. Sit at the bar. Get a delicious, underpriced cabernet and a little something to munch on. You'll be a happy camper.

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                      Jane Hyde RE: Lilibet May 30, 2007 07:53 PM

                      I've eaten at the Chop House many times (30+), so obviously I like the place. Is it noisy? Absolutely. But the quality of the steaks is excellent, the appetizers, salads and sides are generally very good, and the service is quite professional. Is it Peter Luger's? No. Is it the best that I've found in the Worcester area (after a lot of searching)? Yes. Most importantly, I feel they deliver value - - a very good meal at a good price (not inexpensive, but not outrageous, by any means). I've recommended it to quite a few people, and I've brought a number of guests there, and no one has voiced disappointment yet.

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