Last week marked the 9th anniversary of my wife’s and my first date. While that is a milestone that probably declines a bit in significant after our 7+ years of marriage, it still provided a good excuse to get a babysitter and enjoy a dinner out together. Last Thursday, we had that dinner at one of our favorite restaurants, Lawry’s The Prime Rib in Beverly Hills.
My first experience at a Lawry’s restaurant was actually at their location in downtown Chicago to celebrate my 16th birthday. It was almost 2 decades later before my next chance to eat at one of their restaurants, but it always stuck in my memory as one of my all-time favorite dining experiences. Since that first trip to the Beverly Hills location (which is the original one in this format) a few years ago, it has become pretty much my wife’s and my first choice for "date night" special occasion dinners.
As you can probably guess from the name of the restaurant, Lawry’s specializes in prime rib. In fact, when I made that first visit to the one in Chicago back in the mid-1980s, that was the only entree that they offered. Back then, the only menu that they gave you (other then a wine list) was a small flyer listing the prices of the different sized cuts of prime rib. If you wanted something other prime rib for dinner, then you needed to go somewhere else.