IT WAS a belated wedding anniversary dinner and the Obamas chose a spectacular place to dine.
Bourbon Steak certainly doesn’t need my endorsement, but we have celebrated there ourselves. Located in Georgetown, always a spectacularly fun place to eat, inside the Four Seasons Hotel, this restaurant won the 2012 RAMMY, awarded by the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington for Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year.
The service is spectacular and goes well beyond what the, on average, $70/plate fare might suggest.
Taking a page from the food phenom Alice Waters, fresh, seasonal items are a top priority.
If you can’t make it to Bourbon Steak House, next time you’re in Las Vegas try Mina’s steakhouse in the Belagio, a gorgeous spot, or Stripsteak at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. These are better choices than Mario Batali’s spot in the Palazzo, one of Steve Wynn’s gorgeous spots, because the exorbitant prices at Batali’s kept us from even trying it and we’ve splurged at many high end restaurants on special occasions.
The most extravagant was my 50th birthday, when we celebrated at Aureole, enjoying the “wine angels” and off the charts cuisine, which for me begins with lobster. An anecdote from the night we’ll never forget. I’m a red wine lover, going way back to when I lived in New York and started drinking Bordeaux wines. This particular night, we had a Barolo, a northern Italian wine from the region of Piedmont. I had never sent back a bottle of wine in all the years I’d been enjoying fine dining. On this night, the pricey pick had turned, meaning it wasn’t drinkable. The sommelier was brought to the table and sure enough, though he was shocked, it happens.
One of the great pleasures of life is a fine red wine, no matter the price. Once you get a taste for them you’ll quickly learn that today you don’t have to go expensive to enjoy.
We’re honing in on where to eat on our anniversary coming up later this year. If we’re in Washington, D.C. on the night, Bourbon Steak House will be on the short list.