heaven met DP8!
Although Primes menu features plenty of choices in
the seafood and chicken categories, everyone went for the
==> filet mignon: a ten ounce cut of moist
meat (Don: a rare pick, ordered medium-rare and very
good; Kriss: ordered well-done, came butterfly, and
moist, perfect! would have voted 9!)
==> mignon kebab: a stew of vegetables and
gravy, with chunks of filet mignon strewn over a dinner
platter brimming with rice (Deb T: huuuuge, no skewers,
and good enough)
==> prime rib special: a humungous slab of
meat (Dennis: quite good; Ken: ordered an end in hopes of
medium-well but was closer to medium-rare, still good)
==> strip steak (Chay: excellent; Julie: very
==> skirt steak: (Deb K: excellent)
dont think DP8 has seen so much beef on a table
since Bears in 05!)
Sides for most of
these entrées included a choice of baked potato, smashed
potato, or rice; and broccoli, string beans, or creamed
spinach. Good enough.
Included with the entrée was a side salad, arriving at
the 55 minute mark a six inch plate of spring
greens with two slices of cucumber and two cherry
tomatoes. Dressing of choice came in the metal holder.
Two baskets of napkin-enfolded large rolls came at the
forty minute mark, with a small bowl of wrapped pats of
list was a short one, compared to the meal list.
==> black and white cookie sundae: a dinner
plate, with a base of a large vanilla fluffy cookie,
topped with a big scoop each of vanilla and chocolate ice
cream, accompanied by two large dollops of whipped cream,
drizzled with chocolate sauceexcess personified:
(Don: average-ness overshadowed by size, a rarity for him
not to finish a dessert; Kriss: huuuuge)
==> coconut cream pie (Deb K: very good)
==> chocolate cakean out-of-house stock
item of rich cake, layered with gooey chocolate fudge
(Deb T: first choice was out of stock, eh)
==> apple pie (Dennis, who may have shared
with Julie, ok)
==> black Sambuca for Chay
==> more coffee for Ken who was not asked for
a dessert choice
certainly sincere, attentive and intense by server Mark.
He was sweating and seemed rushed with other tables on
what we thought was a busy night but he suggested it was
usually busier. He attended to all our needs, checked
back several times but was gone a good stretch mid-meal.
Removal of dishes was reasonably quick, perhaps quicker
than most. Adequate to satisfactory to good was the
Water in big glasses, with a straw, were filled often.
Kens coffee was satisfactory (restaurants should
know he wants a big mug, checked regularlyha!).
Drink order consisted of an initial selection of Kenwood
2009 Sonoma Merlot, not our usual pick, but proved to
have enough body for the meat, and we ordered a second
bottle. Two sodas and a water filled the order.
Pacing was to our liking once bread arrived (mentioned
before). A small gap might appearit was never long
enough to get fidgety.
Prime occupies the spot formerly taken by a gift shop and
before that a pharmacy. About 50x20 (30
wide at the bar), the single dining room seems to stretch
a looong way. A 30 bar stretches from front and
disappears into the horizon, with a few tables by the
front windows. Otherwise, banquettes on the remaining
wall space seated about forty.
dominates with wide panel pine for a ceiling, divided by
large neat beams; more stained wood above the banquettes;
more wood on the floor; and attractive wood slab tables
completing the effect. A cloth napkin holding two forks
and a knife sat beside a white bread plate.
Lighting was comprised of a few sconce-types and a couple
of spinning-blade fan-chandeliers but most of the
lighting came from five-to-six unit ceiling tracks, set
apart about every ten feet the length of the ceiling,
with the individual lights scattered in different
directions. The overall effect was for dim lighting but
it was likely that one or two individual lights were
shining right at you (the people facing the banquette
probably did not have that happen).
Its a warm feel, relatively noisy although the ends
of the four-by-four seating arrangement (with the males
on the ends) mostly managed to hear what was said with
The bill (food, drink, tax, tip) came to $95 per couple,
eliciting a couple looks of surprise, with anticipation
toward something higher.
few suggested trying Prime again to sample the non-beef
We had started
the evening at the Karneses, with the enterers
becoming unwitting players in Debs training of
Kalli to sit respectfully for newcomers. Kalli tried
Deb had prepared a celery-carrots-pepper tray and a
basket of large corn chips, both of which steered toward
the guacamole dip or green fresh salsa. All was good, and
light enough for the half-hour trip ahead. Good choices,
Chay kept our hands full with beer, soda, or a Trapiche
There, or at the restaurant, or in the cars,
conversations ranged far, wide, close and back, as usual.
The big one was Matts weddingweather,
location, and more details, food, attendees, weather,
honeymoon, dancing, weather (under the tent on a raw
& chilly day). It sounded like one of lifes
landmarks, and, congratulations to Matt & Kara, and
parents, too. Ken and Kriss are in-laws for a second
Other topics: Kallis training; neighborhood
animals, especially a bear or two; reports of the
Adamses travels, house, and grandkids; ...;
Julies running; Dens rocks and trips; C-D
goings-on and use of teachers prep time;
Cooperstown; Vanderbilt House in Hyde Park; biking (third
century Mt. Greylock; Labor Day 50
miles ride coming up); Debs parentshospitals,
eyes, and stress; and, of course, welcoming Den &
Julie who subbed this month for long-term absentees Tim
& Judy. There must have been more but