After a long day at Comic-Con a few weeks back, we were pretty damn hungry. Steak sounded good, so we decided to check out the recently opened LG's Prime Steakhouse on the corner of Sixth Avenue and F Street.
This is the fourth LG's location, following the footsteps of restaurants in Palm Springs, Palm Desert and La Quinta. LG's is one of those new high-end chain restaurants, it seems, offering a limited menu of expensive steakhouse grub.
After studying the menu a bit, I was going to suggest we leave and try our luck elsewhere, but that would have resulted in my date committing acts of grievous bodily harm upon my person. It's not that the items on the menu sounded bad; they just seemed uninteresting, especially at these prices.
For example, the appetizer choices consisted of crab cakes, shrimp scampi, shrimp cocktail, escargot (in Alfredo sauce? What the hell?) and stuffed Portobello mushrooms-all priced between $14 and $17. LG's also offers "munchies"-fried clams, fried potatoes and popcorn shrimp-should the appetizers be insufficiently pedestrian for your palate.
The best part of the menu was definitely the meat. LG's serves only USDA prime beef, which separates it from many other steakhouses. For select cuts, LG's dry ages the meat in-house for 15 days, which enhances the tenderness and flavor. The prices are high, between $27 and $55, but the portions are enormous.
We wound up sampling the Caesar salad, filet mignon and a steak dubbed "LG's "Jewel in the Crown,'" a 20-ounce dry-aged Porterhouse. We also tried the broccoli crowns with cheddar cheese sauce and garlic-parmesan mashed potatoes because they were the most interesting sounding side-dish options. I wanted to order a beer, but LG's selection included only light lagers-a very poor complement to steak.
If it sounds like I'm being petty, keep in mind this is a place that charges a great deal of money for the food it serves. I can't help but have heightened expectations when I'm shelling out more than $100 for dinner.
Food-wise, our experience was mostly positive. The Caesar salad was great-fresh and crisp, prepared tableside with a proper Caesar dressing including anchovies and coddled egg yolk. The steaks were excellent, too, cooked exactly as we ordered them, delicious and tender. But on the down side, the side dishes were lame (and cold), and the service haphazard.Overall, my impression wasn't too favorable. I don't see why anyone would want to pay these prices for this kind of food, especially when there a number of more interesting places to eat that cost much less. It's a shame, because the steak really was great. However, it takes more than great steak to make a great steakhouse.