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Occupation: Legal Administrator
Favorite Restaurant: 1300 on Fillmore
Reviewed 1300 on Fillmore: Friday, May 11, 2012
1300 Fillmore is a hip and jazzy restaurant that feels like a supper club. Even though I have been about a dozen times over the last five years each time is better than the last. On this trip my wife and I went for a Friday night dinner. As normal, I started with a Sidecar from the bar before we looked at the menu. I began with the barbequed shrimp with creamy grits. This was the first time I had this dish, and it was fantastic. The shrimp was succulent, and the creamy grits were smooth on my palate. The dish came in a shallow bowl and was covered with a very savory sauce that made me want to sop up the remains with bread. Even my wife kept spooning out the sauce to taste.
Next I had the Black Skillet Fried Chicken and even though the menu said, "Please allow 20 minutes to prepare," it came out in far less time. The chicken was excellent. There were three big pieces that I could not finish. The amazing thing was that the pieces were boneless and could have easily fed two people. The medium thickness crust of the chicken was unique and had some spices that I could not identify but was very good. It is probably the only time I have eaten fried chicken with a knife and fork instead of my hands, partly because the pieces cut so easily and because the venue makes you want to keep it upscale and refined. My wife had the boneless short ribs, which is my favorite dish. It comes on top of horseradish chive mashed potatoes with just a little bit of extra sauce dripping off the short ribs. The sweetness of the maple syrup-braised ribs together with the slight bite of the horseradish made for a perfect pairing. The forks cut through the beef as easy as the mashed potatoes. For dessert we split the bourbon pecan pie that was traditional pecan pie made to an individual serving laid on a smooth and silky ribbon of chocolate bourbon sauce.
At about 8:30 on Friday nights, they feature live music in the lounge so after dinner, though we were quite full, we made it over to the lounge and had a few more drinks while we listened to a great three-piece band that had a fantastic female singer. They were smooth and soulful, which was just about right for 1300 on Fillmore. We plan to go back another dozen times and hope to hit the Gospel brunch at some point.
Occupation: Immigration Attorney
Favorite Restaurant: Lers Ros
Reviewed 1300 on Fillmore: Saturday, May 12, 2012
Service was very warm, friendly, and efficient. Staff was confident in their food and beverage recommendations, and they seemed to take pride in the food. I would give the wait staff a 10 in service. The young lady at the door could be a bit more friendly and professional. The cocktails were excellent. I ordered an Old Fashioned, which was done very well, and my wife (on the recommendation of staff) ordered a pear-flavored cocktail, which was well balanced and aromatic. I ordered their famed fried chicken, which came with mashed potatoes and gravy, and biscuits. The chicken was cooked perfectly, and the breading was nice and crunchy and flaked off (but in a good way). The flavor of the breading was not to our liking, though.