Last night, we went to dinner with some co-workers to a wonderful new restaurant, Donovan's on Pierpont Avenue. Donovan's had invited us there for a marketing gimmick, to get the word out on their restaurant. (sign me up for free food at a delicious restaurant any day!) This was also a chance to see my husband in a tie (which only usually happens at funerals).We were in a private banquet room with about 25 other coworkers and their plus one. Trav and I got seated at the "kiddie" table with Ashley (from the booger experience), her plus one, Nate, and Heather (from Hookah lounge night.) It was a perfect table for us to try to figure the whole fine dining thing out. The waiters brought around water (which as we were told numerous times throughout the evening they bottle themselves at Donovans) and delicious crusty bread. First course was salad wedge with bleu cheese dressing (or little balls as our table mates commented). I am sure it was pretty entertaining to watch us try to delicately break into the salad without looking like a complete animal. Trying not to flip remnants of iceberg lettuce throughout the room, concentration was needed for this dish. (the salad was great, but the highlight was definitely their bleu cheese dressing, seriously so good) The main course was a bone-in New York steak with steamed veggies and smashed garlic potatoes. We were all convinced that the steaks were going to be tiny and we were going to have no problems eating them. We couldn't have been more wrong. The steaks were HUGE. I have makeup bags at home that were smaller than this steak. Oh and they were so juicy. Yum! Out of the 5 of us at the table only Nate finished his. We washed it all down with more glasses of their self-bottled water and the meal was finished off with a piece of strawberry cheesecake. Delish.
Before this restaurant, our fine dining experience had been at the Timbermine in Ogden. While it is a good restaurant, I think we all learned that nicer restaurants usually don't have a theme and taxidermied animals and do have filtered water and linens on the tables. It was a great evening with lots of laughs (which at times seemed that we were the only ones laughing and making noise.) Thanks for letting us sit at the cool table!