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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

          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.
                      Enjoy.