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Five Crowns, Corona del Mar review

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I had posted on Chowhound requesting suggestions for my grandmother's 90th b-day dinner after a visit to the Sherman Gardens nearby. Five Crowns seemed to be the most popular choice especially by Bubblyone. I tend to overthink everything and started researching Five Crowns as I had never heard of it before since we don't live in the area. I read numerous reviews on Yelp which most were not favorable. I asked Bubblyone for more suggestions after this because I was a little nervous. Luckily Bubblyone told me to ignore Yelp and basically trust her suggestion. I could not be more thrilled that I trusted my fellow chowhounder rather than the reviews on Yelp.

I made a 5:00pm reservation and we arrived about 15 minutes early. I was happy to see they were open and serving wine and some light munchies (veggies/dip and chips) to start the evening. We were seated in the main dining room and thought it was very nice. We did notice we were the youngest ones there (we are in our late 30's) and most everyone else was at least 60 and up. Everyone was dressed up and most men wore dinner jackets. We could have cared less though as we are not into trendy restaurants and being hip.

Our waitress greeted my grandmother with a "Happy Birthday" and my grandmother looked so surprised that she knew. (I had noted it on our Open Table reservation) She then had a big grin on her face and felt pretty important I think. Hubby tried a margarita on the rocks and said they were very liberal with the tequila.

They had the fire going and lots of fresh flowers throughout. We ordered a bottle of wine (Pino) to start which turned out to be the perfect bottle for us and started munching on the wonderful warm bread (nice sourdough and a lovely brown bread that was so good)! I love nothing more than a great bread basket to start the evening! Grandma/hubby ordered ceasar salads and I had the Crown Salad which were all very tasty. Tommy was constantly there to pour our wine the minute the glass looked a tad low.

Hubby and I both ordered the Rib Eye steaks. Okay...they were huge and we swapped our mashed potatoes for the gorgonzola gratin. The Rib Eye was the best I have ever had. We've had Flemmings and Ruth's Chris before...but we were shocked to find that this truly was the best Rib Eye we've had yet. It was cooked and seasoned perfectly. Oh geez....we both locked eyes as they rolled in the back of our heads! A little (or big) piece of heaven! Grandma ordered the Colorado Rack of Lamb and said it was delicious. Her's looked perfectly pink and cooked nicely...just the way she enjoys it. The gratin was so good & cheesy and the veggies on the plate were also very yummy...a little overcooked on the veggies, but still quite good. I stole my husbands off his plate. I also requested some of the creamed horseradish on the side...it's very fluffy and light, but so good. We ordered some plain as well and mixed a little in to the creamed for more heat. YUM!

We had the chocolate souffle for dessert which came with whip cream and an orange sauce. We topped it with a bit of both and again went the eyes rolling to the back of our heads. Damn!!! It was soooooo good!

Our waitress was fantastic. The wait staff does a fantastic job and is so attentive to your every need. They brought grandma's dessert out with a candle which was a nice touch and wished her a Happy Birthday again. They did not charge us for her dessert either which was nice.

Our bill came out to just over $200.00 before tip. It was so funny because my grandmother asked to see the bill. She was dying to know how much dinner cost because she is still living in the dark ages where she thinks you should still be paying $.50 for a cup of coffee and maybe $5.00 for a steak. The look on her face was priceless when I gave her a peek. I think she was worried we may have to head to the back & do dishes or something. Too funny!

Anyway, again I want to thank the chowhounders for sending us to the right place which turned out to be a perfect evening for us. Bubbyone...thank you for stickin' to your guns and telling me to ignore the Yelpers. It certainly paid off and was the perfect place to send us. THANK YOU!

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  1. I'm glad that my recommendation worked out for you and your family.

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    1. re: JAB

      JAB, you nailed the perfect place for our needs. It really was the perfect recommendation. Thanks again so much!

    2. Glad you had a nice time and had forgotten to mention the brown bread, it's addicting! I always get a loaf to go.
      The crowd is older there for sure, especially early like that. And Tommy, he's been there something like 38 years! "B", I'm a guy BTW.

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      1. re: BubblyOne

        Thanks again...yes, the brown bread was fantastic. Sorry...I don't know why I said "her" when I really had no idea. Duh! I'm losing it in my old age!