Tuesday, October 04, 2005

O'Kane's Steak and Chop House

O'Kane's Steak and Chop House, Bend Oregon --

Who?

Exactly.

O'Kane's Steak and Chop House in Bend is the latest restaurant to make a home in the old Stuft Pizza location. Located on Oregon Avenue in downtown Bend, O'Kane's is the new and improved Legend's Restaurant ... no wait.... On The Rocks Restaurant, and it has a fancier interior to prove it!

Warning. If you own or manage the place, go refill your wine glass now so as to help you to calm down before reading this.

So last night, we are planning on meeting some friends at the "D" to watch Monday Night Football. I haven't been to the D&D in almost ten years, and I know I'm in for a treat (please hear the sarcasm in this remark). Therefore, I wanted to have a nice dinner somewhere beforehand, and throw back a few cocktails to lube me up before heading to Bend's most notorious bar for the remainder of the evening.

We stopped in front of the restaurant to view the menu, and I immediately commented that if I was going to pay "that kind of money" I would rather venture across the street to Cork. We headed that way, and found out that they are closed on Monday nights. DH said we should give O'Kane's a chance, so we walked in, and went straight upstairs to see what they had done with the meat market, ehem, dance floor and bar.

We sat at the bar so we could watch the first quarter of the game, and noticed a fairly decent crowd watching the 26" or 32" tv near us. O'Kane's has small tv's located throughout the upstairs seating, so as to keep the sports events as not the main focus like On The Rocks had.

DH and I ordered our drinks, ordered an entree and an appetizer to split, and chatted with the other people in the lounge.

I started getting irritable, and noticed that twenty minutes had gone by. The bartender had asked us if we wanted another round, and I mentioned that I would if I had some food in me. He took no notice as to the comment and brought the second round. FOURTY MINUTES after we had ordered our food, I finally said out loud that I needed to eat and run, as we were already late to meet our friends. Oops... the bartender had forgotten to put in our order. It will be right up, we were told.

Eventually (maybe even the next day?), we were served not one, but TWO of the solo entree we had ordered, and no appetizer. Whatever. We aren't going to bitch about it.

The entree was the evening's "Special" -- Fresh Chantrelle Mushroom Pasta.

The portions were very small, very plain-looking, and very DELICIOUS! I couldn't believe how great it tasted for how lackluster it was in the presentation. I'm glad they screwed up and brought up two entrees, too, as one would never have been enough to split with two not-so-hungry diners.

The bartender comped up two drinks to make up for the hour delay in getting our food, and our grand total was about $60 for the two of us. The small pasta dishes were $14 a piece, and the appetizer we never received was on the bill (we didn't realize it until this morning).

We might return in a few months to see if it's changed at all, but I still have to say that if I'm going to pay an average of $19 for an entree, I'm going to the Blue Fish Bistro, Cork, Scanlon's, or the Blacksmith.

Ciao!

Tab: $49.50
Tip: $9.50
Total: $59.00

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

You think that is bad? We took a seat at Marz recently and in 20 minutes we weren't even offered a drink! Nothing! Which is too bad since that used to be a favorite of ours. We won't be back.

9:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Definately go back and give them another chance! When you went they were still working out the kinks. When I went service was great. Both the chef and manager stopped by to ask how our experience was. The food was tasty as well. I couldn't believe that grilled vegetables could be so incredible. I forgot I was eating just vegetables! It's also a swank yet comfortable atmosphere. A nice place to eat or hang out and drink. Something Bend needed, upscale yet unpretentious.

10:29 AM  

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