No big secret, I will eat just about anything. There are a few things I really only enjoy if they are the best of the best, steaks are one of those things. I don't like tough chewy steaks. Most restaurants fail to deliver a steak the way I like it. In the last few years, I have finally learned how to cook a great steak - usually a filet, searing it in a very hot cast-iron grill pan and finishing it to a nice medium - medium - rare in a very hot oven. I don't mind if it bleeds a little. Add a nice loaded-baked potato and I am in heaven. Add a Hendrix Dry Martini and I even happier.
While I was in San Francisco I met up with Kent, Jay's dissertation advisor from Duke. Kent is always a pleasure. I first met him in North Carolina before he retired, then at academic conferences, then in Chicago were he moved after he retired. He and his wife were our tour guides in Greece for an amazing tour of the back roads and hard to get to sights. His wife died a couple of years ago, and his daughter and her family moved to Oakland, and he moved along to be full time grandpa to his three grandchildren.
I was thinking of something nice, and traditional and I saw this steak place. In the same location for 110 years, they must do something right. And they do, I couldn't have done better myself. They even go the martini right.
If you were taking someone special out to dinner, where would you go tonight?