I'm not going to lie, J and I are nothing close to perfect. We argued so much a few months ago that we called it quits... well, I guess we almost called it quits. Gladly, things didn't get that far. So on this particular night that we supposedly broke up L(my best friend) takes me out to dinner because I was in such a bad mood. I think food always cheers me up. She made reservations to Parkway Grill located in Pasadena. We went to Arroyo Chop House for my birthday which is right across the street from Parkway Grill.
I think we were the youngest group in the restaurant. :) Overall, the place is nice because as you know I hate dark restaurants, but Parkway Grill was nicely lit and gave a very comfortable feeling.
The butter was unsalted.. which I didn't like at all. I guess I'm not mature enough to understand why you would split salt up with butter? If someone can tell me I'll be extremely grateful.
The Parkway Cesar ($11) - It was better then usual regular Cesar but nothing too special, but def. better then the salad I got. I love anchovies, and since L doesn't like anchovies she gave them all to me. The salad was a bit soggy - the croutons were very good though.
Heirloom caprese salad, prosciutto with balsamic glaze ($14) - This was really good but I didn't like it. I don't know how to explain it, the ingredients incorporated very well and it was a very refreshing salad. It's good for a hot summers day. I thought it could have used just a bit more balsamic glaze though.
Grilled prime new york ($37) - This steak was so juicy and delicious in a different kind of way for me. I'm a Wolfgang's Steakhouse type of person. I like my steak charred and dry aged, and I've been too stubborn to try anything else. The pinot noir reduction paired well with the tender cut of meat.
Prime Rib eye special ($44) - L got the special. You know how I just said my steak was tender? Well, hers was so soft and buttery that I was almost jealous I didn't get that, but her steak lacked the juices.
This was our bill. We were too full for desert.
Note: Our server was very nice but he made one huge mistake. I asked for a COKE, not a diet coke, just a plain fattening coke. He, instead, gave me a diet coke of which kind of bothered me. I remembered I said, "I'll get a coke please." It's offensive for me because I don't believe in diet anything. Did he think I was fat or something? Or did he think that every girl drinks diet coke? I know I'm making a big deal and it's obviously not but it's just kind of annoying. He could have asked me if I wanted a diet or regular but he didn't ask. I'm just a diet hater, but I still drank it without saying anything. I know, he could have forgotten and I didn't have to write all this but I'm just really a diet hater.
Overall, aside from the Coke incident this place was a solid B+ for me. I'm only 20, and I think it caters to a much more mature palette.
510 S Arroyo Pkwy
Pasadena, Ca 91105