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What I ate:
"PP" and I each got ...
1. LGO Arnold Palmer (3 USD). Excellent. This drink was refreshing and muddling the mint leaf with my straw helped add an extra dimension of flavor. Did the barman use egg white for foam? This was one of the better Arnold Palmers that I've ever had.
"PP", "Ryan", and I shared the following ...
2. Deviled Eggs (4 USD for a serve of three). Hmm ... chive, paprika, Dijon, bacon. These were good, yet they were far short of spectacular. I thought there was a touch too much Dijon in the egg yolk.
3. French Dip (15 USD): Seasoned, sliced-to-order prime rib on French roll with au jus. Served with French fries. The French Dip was pretty good. The prime rib was warm and moreish. The au jus had an impressive depth of flavor. The French fries weren't so good, however. They were limp and the seasoning (something like Lawry's Seasoned Salt) wasn't the best choice.
4. Famous Tuna Burger (13 USD): "Best ever" pan-seared medium rare with avocado, tomatoes, and lettuce. I think the kitchen overcooked the tuna: it was more like medium well. As a whole, the burger was fairly standard, though the bun and vegetables were exceptional. The best things about the Tuna Burger were the Sriracha & Sesame Oil Aioli and the side of Shredded Kale & Quinoa Salad.
Of all the food at the table, the three of us were especially impressed by the Shredded Kale & Quinoa Salad. Here's a closeup:
This salad was so healthy. Kale and quinoa both are chock full of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and amino acids. The dressing was oily but in a good way. The Parmesan added creaminess, flavor, and salt. The flame grapes added color, fruitiness, and sweetness. The Shredded Kale & Quinoa Salad was the single best item of the day. I want to return to LGO just for the salad.
5. Today's Soup - Tomato & Basil (6 USD). I didn't like the soup. I thought the tomato was too acidic and the balance between the tomato and basil was way off-kilter: it seemed like the two ingredients were fighting each other for the spotlight.
Service could have been better. It started out well: our server accomodated us in a lot of ways - adjusting the heat lamp, fixing our coursing. As our meal progressed, however, we noticed that our server was increasingly abrasive toward us. The word that comes to mind is 'ungracious'.
Parking: Valet parking is offered, but you can park at the Metro garage next door (north of the restaurant) for free. Just like the municipal ramps in Old Pas, the first 90 minutes are free.
The Bill: Around 50 USD. Thank you, "PP".
My Rating: stars out of four stars (good to very good). Open Monday to Friday, 11:30 AM to 10 PM, Saturday, 10 AM to 10 AM, and Sunday, 10 AM to 9 PM. Credit cards accepted. www.lgostationcafe.com
Last Word: I think La Grande Orange Cafe is a nice date place. The environment and atmosphere are conducive to romance. The food is simple, yet at the same time wholesome and satisfying. Prices are reasonable, too.
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