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May 16, 2006 08:03 PM

First time to Lawry's - any advice? (sorry, messed up 1st post)

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I've lived in LA all my life, but have never gone to Lawry's The Prime Rib before. I'll going with my husband and parents this weekend, and I'm really looking forward to it. Is there anything I should know? Thanks in advance.

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  1. Stick to the ribs.

    The spinning salad, mashed potatoes and yorkshire pudding are included.

    Sides are extra. I reccommend the creamed corn or creamed spinach(one is enough to share for two, or splurge and get both).

    The house lable "wine of the month", is a good buy at only $20.00 a bottle.

    1. Make sure you have a reservation unless you get there when they first open. Dress is casual--I've even shown up in shorts (hey-someone called me at the last minute). Valet parking only- $6 or $7?
      Nice layout of complimentary Hors' favorite are the little meat balls. If you have kids 12 and under they have a child's menu and portion of prime rib. You're there for prime rib...otherwise there's poultry and seafood too. I wouldn't opt for the English cut(thin slices) since I want something to sink my teeth into. All meals come with their famous "spinning" salad and nice freshly made bread. If you have room for desert they have the old CC Brown's chocolate sundae.

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      1. re: K

        The potato chips are a real treat at the hors'dourves station.

      2. The creamed spinach really hits the spot, probably because it's more cream than spinach. Not so healthy, but oh so fun.

        1. Be prepared for a *very casual* experience. One of the things I miss about Lawry's today is the lack of old fashioned atmosphere that's usually part of a special occasion. Lots of tourists, dressed as tourists do. I've seen flip flops and tee shirts. Aside from this the beef is good and the little serving rituals fun.

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          1. re: Jon W

            Yeah, the too-casual crowd at Lawry's is a shame. I love that place but shorts, flip flops, and tee shirts kinda kill the cool retro atmosphere. However, the prime rib is great and those enormous deco-looking steel carving carts are just too cool!

            1. re: Macdonald
              Reality Check

              I thought Lawry's had a dress code? Guess they gave into the almighty dollar.

              1. re: Reality Check

                We went for dinner last Christmas Eve and I had a big fight with my step son who was wearing jeans. Being a teenager he refused to change. I finally gave up and boy was I shocked to see how cauaul everyone was dressed!! Needless to say I've never heard the end of it from my step-son.

                As a youngster we never went to places like Lawry's dressed in anything less than nice clothes. But it appears to be that way everwhere now. SAD.

                At least the food hasn't changed, it only seemed more crowded (and lots of tourits) than ever.

          2. I like Lawry's, but then again, prime rib is one of my favorite foods. Like one of the PP mentioned, the complimentary meatballs are very good. They go fast though, so if you're hungry, you may want to hang around that little waiting room so you can get some as soon as the waiter brings them.

            I like the regular cut prime rib -- the english cut is sliced too thin for my taste (like roast beef). The spinning salad is surprisingly good, in addition to being entertaining. I'm not a big fan of their yorkshire pudding, but hubby and I always get a side of creamed spinach to share.

            Their horseradish is not pungent enough for me, so I always ask for a side of straight horseradish and mix some into the creamed horseradish to give it more kick.