As if it weren’t gluttony enough to have a bunch of yummy leftovers from Thanksgiving in the refrigerator, my mother’s birthday was yesterday, and she decided she wanted to celebrate by going to the Angus Barn since she hadn’t been there in a while. If you aren’t familiar with the restaurant, it’s an upscale steak house. The head chef is well known for winning an Iron Chef battle against Cat Cora. Honestly, J and I weren’t exactly in the mood for it since we’d had several days of rich food, but hey, she was paying, so who were we to look a gift horse in the mouth?
We took Daniel with us. It wasn’t his first time – we celebrated my very first Mother’s Day there with brunch when he was 11 months old–but the Angus Barn isn’t somewhere we’d typically take him even though it has rustic decor and is fairly family friendly. We compensated by getting a reservation for 5pm and not having a pre-dinner drink in the Wild Turkey Lounge.
J and I were a bit anxious, especially since Daniel had a very late nap, but he did beautifully. Of course we packed about 14 books, a zillion trains and a variety of snacks
to bribe – I mean to keep him entertained. Daniel may not eat vegetables, but he is a steak connoisseur, enjoying more of J’s prime rib than he did. I was pleased that he also tried a few spoonfuls of sweet potato bisque (which was disappointingly not nearly as good as it has been in the past). Being very full, we skipped dessert in favor of cappuccino, but Daniel had ice cream. It was cool because our server took us back to the kitchen for him to customize his ice cream with sprinkles, whipped cream and a cherry. Very cool!
The Angus Barn was decorated for Christmas, and they go all out. There was lots for Daniel to look at, and I think that helped keep him entertained. On the way out, he grabbed a couple of apples and chowed down on one on the way home.
Best of all, we now have steak leftovers to go with our turkey. Will my waistline ever recover?
What is your favorite restaurant in which to celebrate special occasions?