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Apr 7, 2011 08:39 AM

Bourbon Steak

Hey all-
I recently got a Bourbon Steak gift card through a benefit auction. I have never eaten in the dining room and looking for recommendations. I think the value is pretty much open ended so hit me up with the best apps, salads, entrees, sides, etc.

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  1. Are you determined to eat in the dining room? I'd make my dollar stretch further with lobster corn dogs, fries, their amaaaaazing burger and some fab cocktails at the bar.

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    1. re: katecm

      It is more of a fixed, "dinner for two." I think it is for the dining room only.

      1. re: daves_32

        It also has wine pairings. I had heard to generally stay away from the steak itself. Is that a fair assessment?

        1. re: daves_32

          I wouldn't say to stay away from the steak itself so much as to remember to ask for it rarer than you like it because it continues to cook on the sizzling platter they serve it on. That said, the steak is not exceptional, but everything else I've had there is.

          1. re: dinwiddie

            I have heard only amazing things about Bourbon Steak my company had its Christmas Party there but I was unable to attend base on the bill they racked up and the comments I have heard you should enjoy yourself

    2. I haven't been yet, but have been really looking forward to it as I've only heard really great things about Bourbon Steak and the quality of the work that they do in the kitchen. Let us know how it goes!

      1. I think I know exactly what benefit auction you won :) Good pick, you didn't go for the what was it $3k or $6k minibar?

        Lobster pot pie.

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        1. re: ktmoomau

          I finally used the certificate this weekend. Excellent!

          1. re: daves_32

            does anyone have any recent experiences at Bourbon Steak? My trip there in February made me want to go running back but I haven't made it back

            1. re: daves_32

              What did you order? I've only been to the bar and lunch but have been thinking about this place as a special occasion spot sometime in the future and am wondering if it's worth it.

              I went for Restaurant Week lunch a few years ago and thought it was really well done.

              1. re: Elyssa

                I attended a Christmas Party this past Dec. We started out with a few cocktails at the bar which were amazing I ordered a Lion's Tail - which contains bulleit bourbon, st. elizabeth's allspice dram, fresh lime, cane syrup, angostura bitters
                shaken and served up

                I ordered the Ahi Tuna Tartare - just okay

                For an entee I orderd the 8 oz filet mignon accompanied by grilled half maine lobster ( which is very misleading since it was only a lobster claw) - I ordered the filet medium-rare it was cooked to perfection

                Some of my dinner companions ordered Michael's Lobster Pot Pie which was enormous - I sampled this dish as well the brandied lobster cream was velvety smooth and lobster was perfectly done but all the flavors were muted

                For sides we had
                Black Truffle Mac & Cheese - just okay nothing to write home about
                Brussel Sprouts,dates,toasted,hazelnuts - This was excellent
                Yukin gold potato puree, gravy - good
                For Dessert
                Macallan 18 Butterscotch Pot de Creme - not an enjoyable combination

                In all the food was just okay the cocktails and table service out of this world. Not a homerun experience

                1. re: agarnett100

                  I didn't realize I never reported back. What a terrible hound.
                  Fluke Sashimi- Excellent. Soft and super fresh fish with some great citrusy bites thrown in the mix.
                  Fries- I doubt I really need to weigh in on these. All I will say is eat them when they are hot!
                  reverse/deconstructed clam chowder- Very good. a little too briny and salty for me. If I liked clam chowder more, I think these flavors would have worked better.
                  Hawaiian-style waloo- Very good. Little Hawaiian-style pork fritters and some pineapple. Maybe my favorite dish.
                  Truffle rolls- again, let's not beat a dead horse. Excellent.
                  Filet mignon- perfectly cooked. tender. Since it was on the tasting menu, it came with some pan fried brussels sprouts. nice complement.
                  Mcallan 18 Pot de Creme. Much like agarnett100 says, it was just a little too much. I would have preferred the caramel itself made into an ice cream or something.

                  Drinks were all excellent: manhattan, some other whisky cocktail, Willet 16 year "Perfect Square" (very intense as you can imagine), and armagnac.

                  The service was nearly perfect. The teamwork was seamless and the manager cruised by the table after nearly every course, accessible but not intrusive.

          2. I would go after the lobster pot pie too, but if money is no object it may be a nice opportunity to try some kobe beef. very expensive, but worth a try if you don't have to worry about the check.

            1. Happy hours are great and the Lobster pot pie is epic.