A picky eater ordering a fixed meal is like a carpenter buying an IKEA table just to have one of the screws. There is no reason for a picky eater to order a five-course meal when we only want the main course just like it does not make sense to buy an entire table just to have a screw. Order the steak by itself – or buy a screw from the hardware store! For a picky eater, sometimes it’s not that simple…
The Vice President of my company introduced me to Charlie Palmer Steak. She claimed that the high-end restaurant has the best deal in Las Vegas. My excitement dwindled when I learned that a fixed menu, the famous “Cut of the Week”, is what made it such a bargain. Every week, the chef creates a fixed menu that includes an appetizer, an entree, two sides, a dessert, and a bottomless wine pairing with each course for $58. No, that is not a typo. $58 for five different menus items and wine. Steak and bottomless wine? The thought of indulging in two of the six offerings would be a record breaker for my picky taste buds.
Picky eaters often avoid fixed menus because we typically approve one – two at most – of the menu items. The person to our right ends up eating two salads and the person on our left has two desserts. It’s wasteful and often overwhelming for the rest of the table (unless my boyfriend is around). Let’s just say if there were a DONATE TO WAIT STAFF button on every dining table, picky eaters would order fixed menu more often.
Even so, I had to experience the best deal in Vegas and made a reservation when my aunt was in town last week. We walked into a charming steakhouse with white table linens and over-sized red chairs. The large restaurant was busy but quiet and refined. It felt like I was dining in an old-fusion supper club. Our server was friendly but didn’t mention the Cut of the Week menu until we asked about it. He delivered the menus to the table and what followed was something I’ve never experienced before.
First Course. Main Course. Garlic Broccolini. Smashed Potatoes. Dessert.
I was shocked. Three of the five items?! That’s over fifty percent! It’s rare that I have a twenty-five percent approval rating on fixed menus; sixty percent is a huge win! I could finally find out what it’s like to eat the majority of a fixed menu!
In true picky eater fashion, I made things difficult. I looked at the menu a few days before making the reservation and decided on my meal. Sea Bass. It’s an odd choice for a picky eater but I was craving a light meal after days of non-stop eating with my aunt. A mild white fish was exactly what I wanted. I debated the Cut of the Week menu and the Sea Bass for a while. If I don’t order it, I’m risking what might be my only opportunity to eat a mostly-picky-eater-approved fixed menu. But I can’t eat a New York Strip and two sides right now. I’ve been full for days. Back and forth; back and forth.
Finally, I settled on the fish and it turned out to be a great decision. The food was wonderful. The fish was cooked to perfection, the sides were deliciously seasoned, and the steak was tender and juicy. I had just enough food and even had a bite of all three of the picky eater approved Cut of the Week items. My Vice President was right, Charlie Palmer is the place to go for anyone looking for a deal in Vegas, including picky eaters.
Restaurant: Charlie Palmer Steak / Four Seasons Las Vegas / 3960 S. Las Vegas Blvd / Las Vegas, NV 89119 / 702-632-5000