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Lawry's...why so much food?

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Hello, y'all! I haven't been to Lawry's in a long time, and I've been invited to go tomorrow night. I remember the meals being substantial, but the online menu is quite overwhelming! I mean...mashed potatoes AND Yorkshire pud? The spinning bowl salad AND the horseradish? I'll gladly take food home with me, but I just wonder...is there a way to have a lovely piece of prime rib without all the accoutrements? I mean: I don't wish to have my generous friend go broke!

All advice is welcome...thanks, 'Hounds!

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  1. What? Too much food? Whatever do you mean? I'll just leave you with my Lawry's write up from earlier in the year found here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/767480 ;-D> Just remember, you don't have to finish it all. A lot of folks go home with leftovers...

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    1. re: Servorg

      Thanks, Serv! I've already read your review, and was (as always) delighted.

      I just don't want my friend to spend a large amount of money so that I can have leftovers...

      What to do...what to do?

        1. re: kauma


          Well, you could order the smallest cut possible.

          Or, have your friend switch the reservation to the Tam O Shanter (owned by lawry's) which gives you the same prime rib, no spinning salad bowl BUT -- the side dishes and salad are INCLUDED. Plus the bartenders at the Tam know how to make a fine martini. Their wine list is surprisingly nice. And it's a way fun part of Los Angeles history, having been there for over 80 years.

          1. re: happybaker

            Yup. Get yourself a California cut. I'll continue ordering the Diamond Jim Brady, though in my advancing age, i confess to having to take leftovers back now.

          2. re: kauma

            Just enjoy yourself, but offer to buy the wine.

            1. re: kauma

              The Dinner includes the salad, mashed, yorkshire but not the veg which is $6.00 additional. You have several choices of cut. I would suggest the Lawrys cut for a first timer. Its about $38 IIRC. with the veg thats $44
              Dont forget the homemade chips and meatballs ( in the waiting area )

              1. re: Foodandwine

                Also, if you like it, you have to request jus. I didn't know this when I went. It was delicious (as were the leftovers!).

            2. re: Servorg

              Servorg. I read your tale.

              How did a cardiologist not just show up at your house and cuff you?!

            3. to answer your original question:
              the fixed costs of providing each dinner (i.e. the labor costs, the rent, the business licenses, the costs of washing the dishes, insurance premiums, etc) far outweigh the variable costs associated with increasing portion size.
              this means that for a relatively small amount of additional expenditure, the restaurant can charge much more per dinner.
              this is a good business model, both for lawreys, for C&O, and for many other smart restaurants.

              1. Eat 20% of your prime rib there, and take the rest home in a doggie bag. The next day, make fried rice and/or stew with your copious leftover meat.

                1. Kauma, no man I know would worry about cost when he's out with an intelligent, good-looking woman like you (other than his wife ;-). Try the English Cut. The thin slices are very flavorful, and leftovers are tailor-made for sandwiches. -Harry

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                  1. Thanks to everyone! I'll report on the dinner tomorrow...

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                    1. re: kauma

                      If you have any room after dinner Lawry's is the only place in town that still has C.C. Brown's Hot Fudge Sundaes.

                    2. Well, Lawry's was marvelous, as always. It's always a delight to be amongst one's fellow Angelenos and the most-welcome tourists.

                      Our server was a 25-year veteran of L's, and she spun that salad bowl like nobody's business. Mind you, the salad was rather overdressed (unlike some patrons), but it was excellent. I didn't try the bread, because I was trying to pace myself, but it looked delish.

                      I ordered the California Cut, rare...and it was wonderful. My friend had the Beef Bowl because, he said, "I haven't had a piece of roast beef the size of my head in years." He proclaimed it excellent. The sides were good, too: Yorkshire pud and mashed potatoes.

                      We had one cocktail each (perfectly made), and skipped dessert. Nonetheless, we were waddling a bit when we left.

                      And now, I have some fabulous leftovers!

                      Thanks again, everyone...you were so helpful, as always!

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                      1. re: kauma

                        Thanks for the follow up report, kauma. Lawry's is a place that, no matter if you've been a native of LA like i have for 60+ years, you still feel like a tourist (in a good way) when you enter their doors. I aim to do it all over again next year at some point (maybe my wife's cousin will visit again from Yokohama and we take him for dinner). They certainly don't need our help to stay busy (at least from what I observed). How busy was it when you were there and how close to your reserved time did they seat you?

                        1. re: Servorg

                          I so agree, Serv! (If I may call you that...)

                          The restaurant was quite busy, but all staff members were most accommodating. We arrived about 15 minutes early for our 7P rez, and we were told we would be seated as soon as possible. We only spent a few minutes in the appetizer room (we did not partake), and were shown to our table immediately thereafter.

                          For a foodie, it was apparent during the meal that a crucial FOH person was missing, but there were no glitches in service whatsoever. All in all, I have to hand it to Lawry's yet again: They've got their act nailed.

                          When you do go again, you must tell us all about it!

                          1. re: kauma

                            DineLA has a great deal at Lawry's, so be on the lookout for it. Prime rib (forget what cut) and lobster for $44 plus dessert.