|Lobster Bisque served table side ($8.95)|
Consistency is the one thing you can expect The Chop House in downtown Grand Rapids to deliver every single time. The martini's at the bar are luscious, the steaks are cooked properly and the service is always warm and professional. On this night, the restaurant was humming with expense account clients and winter couples celebrating their anniversaries.
The Chop House doesn't deviate from the traditional steak house interiors. The dining room is dark with soft lighting and original and reproduction art grace the walls. Jazz standards played on the PA system and the occasional bursts oflaughter would fill the room as the clinking of champagne glasses marked another celebratory event.
Our party of four didn't stray away from the steak house standards: lobster bisque for starters, wedge and caesar salads followed, steaks and dover sole for entrees with a side of mushrooms and asparagus and a bowl of creme brulee to top the evening. As expected, the lobster bisque stole the show and the sauteed mushrooms comes a close second. My New York strip was good, but I certainly have had better strips in the city. The Dover Sole, with it's table side presentation, was a classic dish for the white tablecloth crowd. We enjoyed a bottle of the Chateau Montelena ($86) and Cuvaison ($79) cabernet sauvignon.
The Chop House is a sure thing for entertaining out-of-town guests or when celebrating special occasions. Our dinner for four with tip was over $500. Expensive? You bet. Worth it? Absolutely.
|The dining room|
|Wedge Salad ($7.95)|
|Caesar Salad ($8.95)|
|New York Strip ($43.95)|
|Grilled Asparagus with Shaved Parmesan ($9.95)|
|Our server debones the Dover Sole (MP)|
|Amazing sauteed wild mushrooms ($8.95)|