Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Dinner at Daily Grill before seeing A Chorus Line

So it was off to San Francisco last week with J, R, and K to see a preview of A Chorus Line at the Curran Theatre.

Where to have dinner before the show? The Union Square area is filled with dining choices...we thought about Cheesecake Factory thinking that R and K, who are college age, would particularly enjoy it, then I considered Kuleto, where I've recently enjoyed their excellent service and tasty pasta dishes, and finally, I decided on Daily Grill.

Daily Grill is just one block from the theatre. The food is classic American. The dining room is modeled after the big city grills of days past. The original version of the Daily Grill, called The Grill on the Alley, was opened in 1984 in Beverly Hills. Now there are Daily Grills in 24 locations around the United States. The San Francisco location was opened in 2002.

Open daily from 7 a.m., Daily Grill is a great choice for a business breakfast or as a place to meet out of town friends who are staying in downtown San Francisco. It's one of my favorite places for lunch when I am shopping on Union Square. And, of course, it is an ideal place to have dinner before a show.

The menu is extensive and there is something on it for just about every taste and appetite. Daily Grill is an excellent place to come with kids.

I am always tempted by the Grill Classic section of the menu which offers Chicken Pot Pie, Meat Loaf, Braised Short Ribs, and a Grilled Vegetable Plate. Steak lovers must indulge in one of the Grill's Aged Corn Fed Angus Beef steaks which are hand cut daily and cooked to interesting aside about the steaks is that they are served with vegetables and potatoes and are priced between $25 and $32 for a generous serving, a refreshing departure from the practice of some of the local upscale chain restaurants where the steaks are served with no garnish at have to order your side dishes...and are priced considerably higher.

Back to the menu, there are meal-sized salads, seafood dishes, pasta, chicken, and such more casual fare as a cheeseburger, a club sandwich, and the California Turkey Melt sandwich.

In addition to the large menu, there are daily Chef's Specials and a Fixed Price, $25.95 dinner. Three of us decided on the Fixed Price Menu. It started with a choice of a cup of soup or a Mixed Green or Caesar Salad. We all started with soup...cold Gaspacho for J and me, Bean Soup for R.

Of the five entree choices, J chose the Petit Filet Mignon that was topped with an herb and blue cheese crust and served with a Bordelaise Sauce and Spinach Mashed Potatoes. R ordered the Grilled Salmon with Lemon Butter Sauce and served with Sauteed Spinach and Shiitake Mushrooms.

I chose the Seared Lemon Chicken Breasts served with Mushroom and Asparagus Risotto.

Not tempted by the Fixed Price Dinner, K ordered the Fish and Chips which were Panko Crumb-coated Tilapia Filets with Shoestring Fries and Cole Slaw.

The third course on the fixed menu was our choice of Hazelnut Kahlua Creme Brulee or a glass of Pinot Noir. We all chose the Creme Brulee. K could not pass up New York Cheescake, garnished with Hot Fudge Sauce and fresh Strawberries for dessert.

She was definitely pleased with her dessert selection.

Our meals were all perfectly prepared, delicious, and in generous servings. The service was attentive and efficient. Our waiter made us feel welcome and special even though we were certainly not the biggest spenders in the dining room. I will return again soon.

Going on to A Chorus Line, J and I felt that either the show has not aged well since we first saw it over 30 years ago. The young adults with us had never even heard of it until presented with the opportunity to see it. They thought it was good but not great.I think the show could have been better cast, particularly the role of Cassie who is a far cry from Donna McKechnie who was the original Cassie.

It runs over two hours without an intermission. ..that's our review of it.

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