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Jun 3, 2010 06:57 AM

Finally went to Keens

After reading all the posts by RGR, SR85 and many others, I went to Keens last night.
Sat in the room at the top of the stairs by the front windows. There was 3 of us.
We started with the seafood platter. Note I did not say tower as this was not the traditional seafood tower it was a huge platter packed with seafood. Shrimp, crabmeat, lobster, 2 types of clams, 2 types of oysters, mussels. It was $60 and a huge platter of seafood. Probably the best value I have seen in a steak house. All seafood seemed very fresh.
For entrees we ordered the porterhouse for 2 and the primerib. The PH was much thicker than I have seen at Luger and Wolfgangs. Probably twice as thick. The PR was delicious, tender and silky. THe PH had a great crust and juicy center. For desert we ordered the Coffee Canata (of course) and Keens’s Red Berry Bibble. I love coffee ice cream with fudge but this Berry Bibble blew it away. Fantastic flavor and texture. If you havent tried its a must. Great wine list. Tons of bottles across the globe for under $50. We ended up with a Groth Cab that was great. All in all a very positive steakhouse experience.

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  1. Thanks for the timely review. I'm headed to Keens next week. I don't mean to be ignorant, but what is a "bibble"?

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    1. re: ChemWork

      Never heard of a Bibble. Its a tall glass filled with fresh berries, sauce and home made whipped cream. really good.

      1. re: princeofpork

        im surprised you liked it more than the coffee cantana. it doesnt sound that good. is it cause the whipped cream is amazing like the schlag at peter luger's?

        1. re: daffyduck

          It would have been just as good without it. I have no idea why and I am not a big fruit guy.

      2. re: ChemWork

        If you're a lamb fan you must try the famous mutton chop!

        1. re: RayP

          I had the mutton chop when I was there back in early May and it was wonderful. It was served with a pale green cabbage-like veg that had probably been blanched and lightly sauteed, which at the time I assumed was escarole. (Escarole is a rarity out here in the Pacific NW, so I'm just not very familiar with it.) But later in the week I had actual escarole at an Italian restaurant and it seemed different than what I had at Keens.

          Anyone know what that mystery veg was?

          1. re: jeff_pdx

            My husband loves the mutton chop though it's been quite some time since he last ordered it. Searching my memory, I think that side may be romaine lettuce.

            Photos of our most recent dinner at Keens:

            1. re: jeff_pdx

              I'm about 95% certain that your assumption was correct and it was escarole. Definitely not romaine.

              1. re: rrems

                Its escarole. I've been served it with the mutton chop, most, if not every time I've been there.

        2. Good report. My last trip to Keen's was nice also. Sure is a lot of junk on the walls and ceiling though. I guess that's what makes it an interesting place.

          Actually I think I like Sparks as well. I'm sure I will get some negative responses but I like the busy crowd at Sparks and the food has always been nice.

          Now time to check out Luger.

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          1. re: Littleman

            I've always been quite fond of Spark's.

            Been to Keen's once and found it very nice.

          2. Very timely here, too...thanks for the seafood platter tip. I never would have thought of it and it sounds perfect for 4, if we want to still have room for what follows!

            1. awesome! im going tomorrow what sides did you get? And which of them did u like best and not like.

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              1. re: daffyduck

                Try the spinach and the mushrooms.

                1. re: daffyduck

                  dd, In my reply to jeff_pdx above, I linked to photos of our most recent dinner at Keens. Included are two of our favorite sides: carrots with brown butter and creamed spinach. If you want a potato, I'd suggest the hash browns.

                  Enjoy and Bon Appetit!

                2. Thanks, prince, RGR, and others who have provided Keen's recommendations. Went last night for the first time and it was all-around a first-rate experience. Reserved the middle, back booth, which was a cozy and comfortable perch for observing the action in the main dining room. The seafood platter app ($65) was incredibly fresh and generous -- shared by the 4 of us -- and quite a bargain. My husband got the most impressive and delicious mutton chop, surrounded by escarole, and I shared the porterhouse for 2 with my grown sons. Great sides: creamed spinach, mushrooms, and hash browns. The coffee cantata was fabulous. Service friendly and flawless from entry to exit. A memorable experience!

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                  1. re: City Kid

                    City Kid, Glad to hear that all the dishes you ordered based on Hound recommendations were to your liking, and that you enjoyed your experience at Keens

                    1. re: RGR

                      De-lightful and de-licious...and thanks for the recommendation on seating, RGR, which was perfect!

                    2. re: City Kid

                      What is their policy on sharing dishes? I'm planning a possible visit and frankly there's no way I'm going to polish off a whole serving of whatever meat I order. There will be four of us. Would they charge extra if we ordered only three main dishes? The seafood platter sounds great and so we would probably start with this, as well as order some sides.

                      1. re: uwsgrazer

                        I dont know for sure about sharing but I would doubt there would be an issue. I've done it at other steakhouses without issue. Keens is also very accomodating. I took my parents there for their anniversary and my mom isn't a big eater and they let her order the pub size mutton chop in the main restaurant.

                        1. re: uwsgrazer

                          yeah, they dont care if you share.

                          1. re: uwsgrazer

                            As everyone has said, sharing is no problem at Keens, and there is never an extra charge. We always share a shrimp cocktail to start and usually, the coffee cantata for dessert. We've also been known to share one order of Caesar salad (which the kitchen split on two plates for us) and even one filet mignon. Oh, and they are also very good about "doggie boxing" any leftovers. Our last outing there, we took home enough of our porterhouse for two and sides to make two more dinners.

                            Since you plan to have the seafood platter and, I would presume, dessert, as well as sides, I would suggest you get the porterhouse for two which, unless one of you has a gargantuan appetite, will easily be enough for the three of you.

                            1. re: uwsgrazer

                              Defintely no problem to share -- we had 3 entrees for 4 people, still enough to take some home!

                              1. re: City Kid

                                Thanks, everyone! Very helpful to know and we will definitely keep the sharing option in mind when we visit.

                            2. re: City Kid

                              i also went last night. i was there from 9-1130 so you may have seen me. My experience wasnt as good. The mutton chop (I got the pub sized), the porterhouse for 2, and the oysters were great. The pub sized mutton chop was awesome but it had quite a bit of fat so there wasnt much meat to eat. I also had the prime rib hash and the roasted vegetables. these werent too great. the meat in the prime rib hash was overcooked and a bit dry. the roasted farmer's vegetables weren't too great =[ they had a big piece of parmesian cheese in it, im not sure if they forgot to shave it on top of the veggies or if they wanted it to melt in with the veggies either way it was just there lol. the coffee cantana and the bananas foster were ok. id say the coffee cantana was better.