I took my wife to the Mendenhall Inn on Christmas Eve. I must say, it was with trepidation, because our last dinner there, a few years back, was rather sub-par for the setting. Being Christmas Eve, we didn't know what to expect. We arrived at 7:30 for an 8:00 reservation and the joint was jumpin'!!! I never realized so many people went out to dinner Chrisatmas Eve!!!
We got a nice table next to the piano. The pianist was playing very nice renditions of all the Christmas classics. My wife remarked how quietly he was playing. Very nice touch.
We both ordered the same thing; Shrimp Lejon appetizers and the Crabcake-Petite Filet combo. We each got three jumbo shrimp, and they were "jumbo"! The bacon was cooked to perfection, without making the shrimp tough, not an easy task! The Remoulade dipping sauce was an excellent accompaniment. Delicious
The filet was cooked perfectly to the medium rare and rare, we ordered. (I like it rare.) It was topped with a very tasty demiglace reduction and some crispy onion straws. The steak was very tender and juicy. The crab cake was out of this world! It was composed entirely of jumbo lump crabmeat with just enough creamy binder to hold the lumps together. It was seasoned, rather robustly, with Old Bay. There was a small "bed" of creamy-smooth whipped potatoes under the filet. The vegetables were absolutely fresh! They consisted of a couple asparagus spears, some haricot vert and "planks" of thinly sliced carrot. They were all steamed just to al dente. A marvelous entree that I would definitely recommend!
For dessert we shared Bananas Foster, which was flambeed tableside! The waiter really made a show of it too! It was as delicious as the preparation was entertaining!
The staff was very busy, as I said the place was jammed, but everyone was cheerful and polite. Our waitress was pleasant and very good. You know a good waiter when items dissappear from the table, but you didn't realize she took them.
We were so impressed from start to finish that, before we left, we reserved the table next to the fireplace for Valentine's Day.
Can't wait to go back!
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