My mother hated Mama Leone's and that was back in 1950.. (who knows why she hated it, though).
Well, we're on the same page, Farmer. For me, so many great meals in a life all too short - and most of those weren't in the opulent places. Some of the best were at our friend Harvey Goldstein's dining room table.. that man knew food well and made the whole meal sing together. Wish I'd had the presence of mind to write some of his menus down. As it was, he was the one to introduce my husband and me into a wide world of food. If we would drive, he would pay. The drives sometimes were very long indeed.. We'd go to the "opulents" on one of our birthdays (with different ones of us picking up those checks). That was virtually always fun, but, again, mixed reviews.
One of my favorite all time restaurants is Joe's, still going in Venice, CA. Not expensive, and it was only blocks from our house. Most of my meals there made sense as a piece, taste after taste; if I ate 50 meals there over the years, I loved 49 of them. For Ms. Picky, that is a high number. It's still good - I was there last November - but the space is limited, probably a good thing, as the control over the food is good.
Well, here's the lunch menu - the number after the entre being the whole number, unless you wanted dessert, in which case, see below (then the total is $18.) Desserts good too, of course.
Coffee was probably extra, not sure. Even the coffee was delicious.