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Jul 22, 2008 08:52 AM

Charlie palmer @ Bloomingdales

Went to the new Charlie Palmers in Costa Mesa, in the South Coast Plaza shopping center Saturday night with my wife and another couple. You can park right in front of the restaurant, don't get sucked into the $7 valet. The room is beautiful, service attentive,(although our waiter got a little too familiar for my taste)I had the Salumi plate which was very good, but not as good as Fraiche, the stuffed Quail was excellent, I asked for crispy, and they made it perfect. Wife had flatiron steak,which was good, friends wife had a carrot soup which was very good, and a seabass which she loved, friend had octopus salad which he said was great, and Duck with honey sauce which I tasted, and can testify I will get that next time. Corkage a bit high at $25, but we drank an 86' Margaux so it was worth it. Total with tip was $160 a couple, not bad for a restaurant I rated a 9 out of 10.

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