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How much was the bone?

Denis and I went out the other night to an upscale supper club for dinner and to hear some live jazz music.  I knew it wouldn’t be cheap but neither am I, so we saw the menu and the entrees were in the 20 and 30 dollar range.  That seemed okay especially with live music.  Our charming waitress went through the specials and highly recommended the bone-in filet. She said if we like steak, we should definitely try it.  I like steak so I said okay, but I said it had to be well done for me.  If it’s pink, I wouldn’t eat it.  (don’t ask me how many chefs take umbrage with my steak orders!)  I digress because the doneness was not the biggest problem.  But it did arrive pink so I asked again for it well done.  She said they may have to take it off the bone to make that happen and I said, “That’s okay, I wasn’t going to eat the bone.”  So it finally came well done and it was okay, but not as lean as a filet should be.  But the music was good and I wasn’t going to complain.  Then the bill came.  FIFTY-FOUR DOLLARS! Just for my steak!  I put my glasses on.  Maybe Denis couldn’t see in the dark and  it was S4 for “Steak  – cooked Four times as long.” No, it was fifty-four dollars! How much was the steak and how much was the bone?  Now I had indigestion, not because of the food but because I felt conned.  In a place like Vibrato Grill & Jazz, you don’t ask how much something costs – how tacky is that?  I mean Jennifer Tilly was sitting behind us – this was no “eat it and beat it” joint.  Herb Alpert owns it for God’s sake.  If he was still alive, I would write to him.  Oh… I think he is alive.  But he wasn’t there. Maybe he can’t afford to eat there.

Things I could have done with that $54.00:

  • ~~ Buy four filet mignons at Whole Foods and cook them on the grill.
  • ~~ Fill up my car.
  • ~~ See four movies with popcorn (the big buckets).
  • ~~ Get two coffees at Starbucks.
  • ~~ Buy organic blueberries.
  • ~~ Get a Toblerone Bar from a hotel mini bar.
  • ~~ Buy five skirts at the drug store.

Lesson learned.

7 Responses

  1. K. says:

    Lol at Starbucks.

  2. Rhonda says:

    Jenny, how bought $54 will double date 2 couples at a Sizzlers for a steak dinner and take your own music with you…lol…

  3. Josh says:

    54 dollars for a steak is absolutely ridiculous!

  4. Debbie says:

    For $54 I would have had a mani-pedi and dinner at McDonalds (for a week)!!

  5. MrsNews says:

    I would say it’s okay if you enjoyed it but you didn’t. I didn’t know filets even came with bones! Mike & I always order filet migon when we eat out…but we split it. We both had weight loss surgery so we can’t eat big portions at one setting..long story. Our favorite restuarant is in the Ameristar Casino in Kansas City. $39 for a petite filet, potatoes au gratin, salad, and bread. But on the other had I am not sitting next to Jennifer Tilly. I am sitting next to people either very well dressed or in jeans…very mixed crowd. The only music I hear is that of others winning jackpots while we are eating!!

    BTW I would wear my Walgreens skirt there if I had one….but of course we all know that I don’t! LOL Jennifer Tilly was probably pi$$ed too but didn’t want to complain because she was sitting behind Jenny Jones!!

    Thanks for sharing you made me smile!


  6. Rhonda says:

    Jenny, you’re hilarious…lol…
    First, I got a kick out of deboning the steak and what you said, but Jenny I have to say you had me rolling with better ways to spend the money and Kathy is going to get a kick out of buying 5 skirts from a drug store…so funny!…lol…
    If I had to pay $50 for a dinner and it wasn’t right, I would complain. You are just too nice, but that’s okay. You said it lesson learned 🙂

    I hope you had a great weekend. Have a nice day, a great week, Jenny…

    Take care,

  7. Braden says:

    or ten $5 footlongs at Subway!

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