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Jan 21, 2003 11:37 PM

Dal Rae - Where to Wow The Out Of Towners

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I took three business associates from the Boston area to Dal Rae tonight, they all loved it. Loved the retro atmosphere, the great service and the retro menu. Their comment was that they have nothing like it in Boston.

Between the three of us we polished off one mixed green salad, two of the hearts of Romaine salads (with a garnish of anchovies, hard boiled egg, olives and avocado) with the house special "French" style blue cheese dressing. Two New York strip pepper steaks (smothered in green pepper corns, chopped green onion and bacon bits), one grenadine of beef, one salmon a la Ben (crusted with parmigiano and smothered in carmelized onions). One side of real mashed potatoes and two sides of baked potatoes and one side of rice pilaf (looked like Rice-A-Roni to me).

That and the lavosh and sourdough, relish tray, one mixed drink, three glasses of wine and one coffee, and the complimentary garlic bread that comes with the salads all came to $191.00 including tax, excluding tip.

What a great experience. Subdued lighting, cozy booths, attentive but unobtrusive service. Spied the middle aged gent in a booth with a young bimbo, and in another booth the older white haired, white bearded gentleman with his lady all dolled up, he in an elegant black suit, she in beautiful black dress and black hat. All we needed was for Phillip Marlowe to show up.


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  1. I LOVE the Dal Rae, but I actually had a mediocre dish there the other day. After many wonderful meals of chateaubriand and halibut a la Ben, I decided to try the pork loin. It was overcooked and tough. From now on I'll be sticking with the surf and turf, along with all the fabulous sides -- and my favorite, the Cherries Jubilee.

    1. Having just visited family in the mid-Atlantic states, and seen the restarants there(Ohio)my only question for Chino Wayne is: wasn't Dal Rae a lot like a BUNCH of restaurants in Boston, which your guests had already seen, and which had been there as long or longer? I thought, perhaps mistakenly, that the attraction of Dal Rae, for Angelinos, is that it's one of the few places left of its sort in greater LA.
      Anyone's thoughts?

      7 Replies
      1. re: RFGS

        According to my visitors you do not find this type of establishment in the Boston area these days.

        1. re: Chino Wayne

          We went and loved it too. The only other place that we used to go that was like Dal Rae was the White Horse Inn in Northridge, (and long gone). I call it 50's Time Warp food.

          1. re: WLA

            Have you been to Marquis West in Santa Monica? Their menu is very much like DR, and many of the patrons were in their prime in the 50's and 60's. A large core of regulars on Fridays and Saturdays. As of last weekend, their closed on Sunday and open on Monday.

            1. re: TomSwift

              Haven't tried it, but with that rec I will. We usually hit spots like that early during the work week when it is normally quiet. Thanks for the head up.

              1. re: TomSwift

                We were there just a month ago on a Saturday night the there were about 6 regulars and a very empty restaurant. It was a very busy restaurant, we had no reservations and everywhere we tried but Marquis West was booked. The food was just mediocre, prices were high but the decor was 50's Timewarp for sure. We were wondering how they stay in business with no customers. It was a ratio of one employee to one customer.

                1. re: Just Larry

                  One possible reason that ANY business can stay open is that they own the property!!!

            2. re: Chino Wayne

              Are these folks Chowhounds? Seems implausible to me that you can't find this sort of place in greater Boston, though I haven't been myself. I found the message below on the "New England" board which suggests that someone's at least looking...

              When my chow-spouse decides to return to her Boston roots, maybe I'll explore, though if she has her way, we'll be eating lobster three meals a day,all week...