Monday, February 06, 2006

Didn't finish dinner but we polished off the wine!

I will say this, if you live in the area, or close to the area of Phoenixville PA, and you don't mind dropping a mint on dinner, go to the Seven Stars Inn.

On my rating scale, it was five star. Thankfully, there were only two forks to worry about. I'm going to do an addendum to the scale to include a restaurant's point of view on beer and other spirits. For example, in the five star category, you will not find those little lucite card holders on the tables telling you the drink of the month. They also list the actual name the vineyard of origin, not just chardonnay or white zinfandel or pinot grigio. I'll work on it later.

We were warned. We were warned by a variety of sources; however, we did not heed. We were told NOT TO ORDER AN APPETIZER!

But we did.

And they were soooooo good: (description from menu) Fresh Jumbo Mushrooms Stuffed With Lump Crabmeat and Sautéed In Garlic Butter. Drool ... Yes, I did drool.

Then there was the salad. It was a salad. Eeee-yep, a house salad. Nothing inspiring here. But I did use the correct fork.

Then came supper.

Oh boy.

When the waitress and one of the busboys walked out with our food, a woman from another table saw the tray and her jaw dropped. I wanted to take a picture, but I left my camera phone in the truck. It was a sight.

Geo ordered the broiled 20 - 24 oz. cold water lobster tail with drawn butter AND had it stuffed with crabmeat, served with sautéed shrimp. There were two tails on that man's plate, one stuffed and one plain. You think that's brutal? I ordered the Surf and Turf. Surf was one of the above stuffed lobster tails but only a 12 oz. The turf was a 12 oz filet mignon cooked to medium perfection. No lie, that filet was at least 3 1/2 " tall and about 5" in diameter. It looked like a pot roast, but was so much tastier. Oh yeah, there were six onion rings about 4 or so inches in diameter. Then there were the mushrooms and, almost forgot, two vegetables per dinner. Even when it came to the vegetables, there was no sacrifice in quantity. Example, Geo ordered broccoli in butter. They brought out half a head. The man had a tree on the plate. Suffice to say, the vegetables weren't even touched.

I will not lie - we couldn't finish our food. We drank an entire bottle of Chauteau Ste. Michelle Riesling vintage 2004, but didn't finish our food. Hee-hee.

And yes, Whinger, we had coffee and dessert. As per Whinger, a fancy dinner is not complete without coffee and dessert, especially dessert. Coffee for Geo was a plain ole coffee where I had the fancy boozed up version in a huge glass complete with whipped cream! Mmmm. On the dessert side, we split a Tiramisu. I'm being polite when I say split. Geo might have had five spoonfuls. All I have to say in my defense is the man has to move quicker.

As we waddled out, all around you could hear the rustling of plastic doggie bags from other diners who couldn't possibly eat another bite.

Definitely top notch. Definitely worth the price tag. Definitely a once a year venture. Definitely going back.


PissedOffPencil said...

OMG! I just got sooo hungry! If I ever move to the US, I'm gonna tag along when you eat at that place. Then I stay outside drooling until you get back with a doggy bag. Hey, I'll even wear a leash just so you won't feel like you're handing out scraps to another human being. I'll probably bark out of joy too...

CrankyProf said...

With a recommendation like that, I may have to persuade the husband to take me.

My mouth is watering, just thinking about tiramisu.

Spikey1 said...

Are Monday's Fillet-O-Fish combo or is it McChicken???

Britt said...

I am glad that there are restaurants out there that can rate a 5 on your scale and actually OVERSERVE food. Living in the great state of Texas, if you go to your 5 star restaurant you get exactly this (from experience). Two silver dollar pancake sized crab cakes. Thats it. The bill $24.95 for said crab cakes. WHILE I LOVE THEM, I wanted more. There was a salad and of course wine involved but I thought I would get more. THAT SOUNDS SO GREAT and would feed you for three days after!!!!

S.I.D. said...

What??? No cheese board??? Philistines!

Whinger said...

SO pleased.
Also, reservations booked...we'll be staying with you then. Make up the guest room.

Maidink said...

POP - Just as long as you don't use a tree to relieve yourself, that's fine.

CP - It's awsome. Major expensive, but so worth it.

Spikey1 - Value meal number 1 (Big Mac) super sized with a Coke, actually.

Britt - three days is about right. Geo ate some yesterday and today. I'll eat the rest tomorrow. A lot of restaurants in Philly give the dinners you described. That's why we ate outside the county limits! :)

SID - Okay, there was cheese and bread. I didn't write about it because it wasn't that big of a deal. I didn't think anyone would MISS it. Philistines, my ass. At least I used the damn salad fork with the salad, thank you very much!!!

Whinger - no problem. Dinky has your room ready and can't wait to see you. She's on the porch waiting. You better hurry, though - it's cold out there.

Belle said...

Well, you always learn from your mistakes although this dinner doesn't sound like much of a mistake...even if you did chance it and get the appetizer. Sometimes the best thing to do is grab some friends and head over to the great restaurants and just do a bunch of hors d'oeuvres over a great bottle of wine. A few hours of good food, good wine, good friends...can't beat that.

Maidink said...

TJ - This dinner was a Valentine treat for the both of us. We rarely get time together sans child. We're actually considering going back in April for my parents' anniversary. But this time, no appetizers.

Merci said...

Sounds wonderful. And I'm personally acquainted with that Riesling...

Maidink said...

Geo and I discovered Riesling only recently. Since he does WWII German reenacting, he tries to be as authentic as possible. Currently, we are trying different German wines, beers, and recipes.