Gordon Biersch Power and Light (and some others)
After much complaining that I have no one to go to the P&L District with (and no way to get home after really enjoying it) my wife bit the bullet and surprised me with a night out at said district and a room at the President. I have been itching to check out the Drum Room and it was everything I hoped it would be: swanky, cool, and some really good atmosphere.
As far as the food goes, I was somewhat disappointed. I should say that I did have my hopes up very high. We had a reservation at the Maker's Mark Lounge and after some major hemming and hawing, I chose to go someplace else. This was based more on the fact that they wouldn't really have something my wife would like (kinda picky but not bad) and the fact that I couldn't find a review of their steaks. If I'm gonna drop $30 on a steak and then another $10-$15 on the a la carte menu, I want some assurance that it's gonna be worth a darn.
My wife had fabulous shoes on so walking too far was a little out of the question. We ended up at Gordon Biersch and put our name in for the 40 minute wait. Neither of us minded as we were sans kids and could really use a drink. We found a table in the bar (no small feat) and saw a server walking around but pretty much ignoring our section/table. I went to the bar and asked if the had a pale ale and was told they didn't. Meanwhile the server that had been ignoring us finally made it to our table and then immediately left once he was told that I was at the bar. Apparently he was a real jerk. So anyway we get paged to sit and are escorted to the dining area outside on the street side of the restaurant. Neither of us requested a table outside and while it wasn't super hot, I didn't want to eat that close to the street.
BACK TO THE BAR!
We had to wait about 15 minutes more and then had a table next to the server's soda and food runner stand. I can live with that because someone has to sit there, right?
To the menu: Very frenetic if you ask me and I thought that it kind of embodied the get as many people in here and give them as many choices as we can. I had steak on the brain and chose the bone-in ribeye. My wife had the goat cheese ravioli.
Steak: A rib-eye is pretty hard to screw up and this one was solid. Great flavor and was the right temp. They included mashed potatoes and some really weak veg (julienned carrots, sliced zukes, etc) that should have been left off. A baked potatoe would have been really nice.
Ravioli: great concept but the goat cheese flavors didn't really come out. The sauce was nice (a butter-sage sauce) but the pasta had definitely been waiting on my steak. As dinner progressed the pasta got a little tough. It also had mushrooms but they were the garden variety white kind. I think a crimini or sliced port has a better look on that plate.
Lastly, they did have a pale ale. And it was really nice. Hoppy, but not soupy and very reminiscent of Anchor Steam's Liberty Ale. I had two.
Overall, I think my disappointment with the food comes from the fact that if you have an idea of what a finer restaurant is, the Power and Light is going to be your second choice. I don't want to mix the Bristol in because a $35 price tag does not mean it's fine or upscale dining. That's not to say that the Bristol is bad, but I can go to the Grand Street Cafe and spend the same and have way better food.
Overall, the company and fun I had outshadowed the dining experience. We hadn't had a night away from our sons in over a year and we could have eaten at McDonald's and probably still had a ton of fun. What do you all think of the dining there? Honestly....