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Dinner at Bass Street Chop House

March 9, 2010

Paula and I recently went to dinner at a local restaurant called Bass Street Chop House. I had heard of the place and had always wanted to check it out and Paula had heard from a friend that the food is absolutely fabulous but pretty expensive. You can view the dinner menu for yourself, here. These prices may not be too bad for someone living in Los Angeles, New York City or Las Vegas but they are for us here in the Northern Midwest. Paula being the thrifty one in the family found a pretty stellar $25.00 off coupon so we decided to check it out. Unfortunately I did not bring my camera along. 😦

We walked in the door and were greeted by a lovely hostess that confirmed our reservation and then took our coats and hung them up for us. She returned with a coat check number an all of this was pretty new to us. We are used to going to a restaurant and taking care of our own friggin coats,Β usually putting them inside the booth next to us or on the back of our chairs if seated at a table. At this point we were both feeling pretty hoity-toity. Our hostess showed us to our table and we took our seats.

All of the tables were covered with white table cloths and each place setting had a white napkin. The lighting was just perfect for cozy dining. Each table had a small light on it which gave out the perfect amount of light to create a beautiful ambiance. Shortly after we were seated and began to look at the menu, a piano player setup his keyboard in the dining area and began playing tunes. That addition of the piano player made the already A+ ambiance into an A+++.

I started with an appetizer of Duck Confit Spring Rolls served with a jicama slaw and lingonberry sauce. When it arrived, it looked very much like an egg roll. It didn’t taste like an egg roll but the duck and slaw was rolled up into a shell that looked similar to an egg roll. I am a HUGE fan of duck and this was a perfect appetizer for me. It was absolutely delicious and the lingonberry sauce was to die for. Paula skipped an appetizer but did have a bite of mine. She liked it but I was getting a serious erection over it!!!

Next up was a salad or soup of the day. Paula chose the salad and I went with the soup of the day. I can’t remember what the soup of the day was called but it had cumin and cinnamon in it. The contrast of savory and sweet was a big hit to me and I loved the soup. Paula really enjoyed her salad but did not finish it. I stepped in and helped her out by finishing it for her. It was the least I could do right? The salad was awesome! πŸ˜€

Next up was our entrees. I had the filet minon of ahi tuna with pickled ginger and wasabi creme fraiche. I chose maytag blue cheese potatoes as a side dish. Paula ordered the 14 oz. slow roasted prime rib and chose garlic mashed potatoes as her side. Both our entrees were absolutely fan-freakin-tastic! There was not a lot of conversation between us after the entrees arrived. All you could hear was us ohhhhh’ing and ahhhhhhh’ing as we ate. People sitting close to us probably thought we had our hands in inappropriate places under the table but my lord it was good.

Paula and I love to try new restaurants out together. It’s one of our “things” we enjoy doing together. I must say that Bass Street Chop House certainly didn’t let us down. It was everything we hoped for and more. If you are ever in my neck of the woods, please check it out for yourself. Tell them Gary and Paula sent you. That will of course mean nothing to them but hell, tell them anyway. πŸ˜‰

39 Comments leave one →
  1. Tony permalink
    March 9, 2010 5:48 AM

    Sounds fantastic Gary. Food sounds heavenly. I’ve never been anywhere where they look after you coats. We went to a restaurant bar a few weeks ago where they came out with the biggest pepper grinders I ever saw in my life & put our pepper on for us. Unbelievable….

    • March 9, 2010 12:26 PM

      It was FAN-FRIGGIN-TASTIC! I have been to a few places where they bring out the pepper grinders and put it on your food for you. Cool innit! πŸ˜€

  2. Tasneem R permalink
    March 9, 2010 7:01 AM

    Gary from where do you get all the humor from ?! Even I’m fond of discovering new restaurants . I love to eat but I’m a fitness freak too !

    Are You Living Right?-What is your state of Wellbeing?

    • March 9, 2010 12:27 PM

      I guess it just comes naturally to me Tasneem. LOL

  3. March 9, 2010 7:28 AM

    I’ve been to some fancy restaurants, but I’ve never had my coat checked.
    What an awesome night!
    Might have been hard to take pics in that environment.
    Your dinner sounded delicious from beginning to end.
    What did you drink, btw?

    • March 9, 2010 12:28 PM

      I just drank Pepsi that night. I quit drinking quite a while ago. Paula had a couple Margaritas. πŸ˜€

  4. Sue permalink
    March 9, 2010 9:10 AM

    Yummy yummy yummy! It’s 9am and I’m suddenly STARVING!!!!!

  5. March 9, 2010 11:10 AM

    You two had an excellent dinner! Wow, I love wasabi too! Funny last sentence πŸ™‚

    • March 9, 2010 12:29 PM

      Indeed we did Ellen! I love wasabi also! It was just fantastic! πŸ˜€

  6. March 9, 2010 12:29 PM

    I’ll tell them you and Paula sent me and then direct them to this blog…lol.

    Happy Dining! Nothing like ohhing and ahhing your way through a fabulous dinner. πŸ˜‰

    Darn right I missed you Mister!!!!!!!!!!

    • March 9, 2010 12:35 PM

      There you go Sherri! Maybe they will give you a little off your bill or something. Who knows??

      Awwwwwwww, thanks Sherri! I need a tissue now. πŸ˜‰

  7. S. Le permalink
    March 9, 2010 2:24 PM

    Looks like a lovely place Husband and I would enjoy. I’d wait till Summer though so I’d not have to tip the coat check!

  8. Carol permalink
    March 9, 2010 2:59 PM

    No matter how long the left over prime rib is in the fridge–DO NOT EAT IT!

    • Paula permalink
      March 9, 2010 4:50 PM

      That is so right, Carol! He still hasn’t learned this lesson. LMAO…this is a blog post itself

      • Carol permalink
        March 9, 2010 7:02 PM

        See, us women have to stick together!

      • March 9, 2010 11:12 PM


    • March 9, 2010 11:11 PM

      Yeah, no shit Carol! I’m STILL hearing about the last time I ate her left over prime rib. Man! LOL

      • Paula permalink
        March 10, 2010 9:33 AM

        It was my birthday dinner…..we don’t forget!

  9. March 9, 2010 3:11 PM

    This sounds just wonderful. I’m glad you had a great time. Now I want to go out to a nice restaurant – but dinner is already made πŸ™‚

  10. March 9, 2010 8:22 PM

    It all sounds fantastic and I just might actually live close enough to possibly get there some day. I’d probably order very much like Paula. I could be happy with a bucket of garlic mashed potatoes!

    • March 9, 2010 11:13 PM

      Oh yeah, me too! I LOVE garlic anything but especially gralic mashed potatoes! πŸ˜€

  11. Tammy permalink
    March 9, 2010 11:09 PM

    Sounds like a very swanky place. That’s cool you and Paula enjoy going out to new restaurants. My husband and I went to a place like that right after our wedding. Very upscale, expensive food and I remember we left a hefty tip. Oh, have times changed! I would never dream of spending $120 on dinner again. LOL

    • March 9, 2010 11:14 PM

      Oh yes, swanky indeed Tammy. We certainly don’t spend money on dinner like that often but it’s nice to treat ourselves like that from time to time. We deserve it and so do you and your hubby! πŸ˜€

  12. March 10, 2010 5:09 AM

    Sounds like you had a great time and if you call something fan-freakin-tastic I trust your judgement.. This restaurant must be one of the best, they should pay you for such perfect advertisement.

  13. March 10, 2010 2:06 PM

    It’s good that you spend a nice moment and that you enjoyed the good food that you taste it in that day.
    Thank you for share it with us πŸ˜‰ It’s really nice of you. πŸ™‚

    Enjoy the moment!!!! πŸ™‚

  14. March 10, 2010 4:06 PM

    I just love when it all comes together…like your night! πŸ™‚ Have fun exploring! πŸ™‚

  15. March 11, 2010 10:43 PM

    And, here I was all excited because hubby and I snuck off to Carabbas last weekend. I love a great, fancy dinner, and this is the thing I miss most now that I’m unemployed. You are lucky to share a love of food with your wife, it is the best thing ever to have a good eating partner. MMM, yummy food stories, I love them.

  16. Tasneem R permalink
    March 12, 2010 5:46 AM

    Something for you on my blog…

  17. March 16, 2010 3:06 PM

    WOW Gary that sounded wonderful…I could almost taste the food mmmmmmm!!!Thank you for sharing your experience with us! πŸ™‚

  18. March 29, 2010 6:47 PM

    Hi Gary and Paula, Sounds like you guys had a wonderful time that’s a nice thing to do together enjoying fine fare. Luckily I just ate dinner or I would be so hungry I would have to step away from the computer and fix dinner right now. I think you would make a great restaurant reviewer . Hope you guys are doing well!

  19. Tasneem R permalink
    April 5, 2010 2:28 AM

    Where have gone Gary ??

  20. April 10, 2010 10:46 AM

    Gary, where you at, boy? Taking a break?

  21. S. Le permalink
    April 16, 2010 8:09 AM

    Are you ever coming back then?

  22. April 23, 2010 7:07 AM

    GARY!!! where are all of these stories you promised us???

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