Expensive and worth it versus Expensive and not worth it
- orythedog Jul 8, 2013 11:38 AM
I am a fan of saying, "there is no such thing as an expensive GOOD meal, only an expensive BAD one."
Still, after my most recent meal at Houston's in Pasadena, I am left to wonder if my French dip sandwich w/fries, and a coke in a bottle was worth $30. The math is sandwich $20, coke in bottle $3.50, + tax, + tip $5.
I have decided that it is expensive and worth it. My reasoning? Houston's is consistent, uses quality ingredients, has superior service, possesses a comfortable and inviting atmosphere, and most importantly, never makes me wonder if I am going to have a good meal or not.
Any thoughts, examples???
Apparently, they take reservations now! I went recently (at the request of the b'day guest) and waited 70 minutes for a table (!!). They even TIMED it to make sure we waited that long vs. other places that estimate and then give you a table (sometimes more quickly than the estimated time).
I had the exact opposite reaction to the food, though (which, for the record, I used to love when they first opened). I had a burger and I thought it was chain-like, expensive, and NOT worth it. (Haven't had their French Dip, though!)
Expensive and worth it = Gjelina, Tar & Roses.
Expensive and not worth it = Superba Snack Bar.
I know many people love SSB, but I tried it for the first time a few weeks ago and just felt like the meal was ok, and I felt so ripped off. Heirloom Tomato Salad + Papardelle w/ Ragu + 1 glass of Rose was $45 pre-tip. I understand the cost associated with local, carefully sourced & housemade foods. But nothing wowed me, and I left deeply dissatisfied with the cost.
In the same vein, R&D Kitchen. Every time, it's initial sticker shock followed by but, it was satisfying.