Grape Arbor Bed and Breakfast

Erie Restaurant Review–Get Your Meat On!

What are the two most requested restaurant recommendations?  Steak and seafood!  Today I am talking steak, big pieces of well cooked prime steak!  A few months ago, I went to a business event hosted by our local Casino and I was very impressed with the food, particularly the little lamb pops they served.

View of white tableclothed tables at restaurantSo back to the Casino I went, to see if the menu matched what my taste buds remember.  Walking into the restaurant through the casino is like walking into another world.  It’s quiet and elegant, white tablecloths and soothing music.  LBV is short for “La Bonne Vie” or The Good Life, and the atmosphere certainly fits with that!  The feel is sort of a throwback to classy early Vegas/Ratpack style.

The menu is setup in classic steakhouse style–order your entree/piece of meat and everything else is extra.   There ARE choices besides beef–a rack of lamb, swordfish, salmon, among others..but I couldn’t bring myself to not order steak.  After all, it’s a steakhouse, right?

But first a glass of wine.  There are limited choicetable setting with bread and wines for just a glass, which is all I wanted, but a nice selection of full bottles.  I was tempted to test out the bartender skills with a cocktail, but really had my heart set on the wine.  A nice basket of a variety of warm fresh bread was brought to the table with a balsamic/olive oil dip, and we relaxed with the wine.  The tables are far enough apart so you can really have a private conversation without listening in on anyone else.

Caesar salad with parmesan crouteThe Caesar salad was artfully presented with a parmesan crisp standing tall on top.  The dressing was garlicky and crunchy with fresh croutons.   The main event, of course was the meat.  Plate of ribeye with peppercorn sauce We both ordered a 16 oz rib eye.  Mine was rare, and the other diner’s was medium.  Both were perfectly cooked.

I ordered the peppercorn sauce on the side, and it was a nice addition to the meat.  For sides, we ordered the sherry mushrooms and a baked potato, both of which we shared.  Nice large mushrooms with a great dark sauce that enhanced the meaty flavors.  As expected the potato was large (plenty for two).

We were both too full for dessert, but did have a nice (not too weak) coffee.

Would we go back?   A resounding yes!  It is a bit pricy (the entrees range from $21 to $62 for meat or fish, pasta is less) especially with all the sides being extra, but the atmosphere is definitely appropriate for a special occasion.  If you are staying with us during the week, there is a prix fixe menu Tuesday through Thursday from 5 – 6 for $30 for three courses–a pretty good deal!  It is only a fifteen minute drive from the Inn; so definitely a nice dinner choice, even if you aren’t interested in the Casino itself.

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