We don’t normally dine out during my work week but tonight was a special occasion: Fitbomb’s mom’s birthday!  Fitbomb’s parents aren’t into food and it can’t be too wild and crazy.  They do like their prime rib, though, so we opted to eat at Los Altos Grill.  Although this place is part of a chain, the atmosphere is lively and the food is mondo-portioned, crowd-pleasing comfort fare.  Los Altos Grill is hopping all the time.  We had to wait for a table, despite calling ahead for a reservation, on a Thursday night at 5:30 p.m.

For starters, I ordered the famous cornbread in the skillet (for the kids and grandparents), deviled eggs, and the seasonal vegetable platter.  Who knew the seasonal vegetable platter would have a big ass piece of cornbread and some tabouli salad?  Plus, the veggies on the platter (carrots, peas, and brussels sprouts) were definitely seasoned with a good sprinkling of sugar. Paleo fail.  Here’s what Fitbomb and I ate from the selection of apps:

For our mains, Fitbomb and I shared the rotisserie pork chop and grilled loup de mer (a type of seabass).  The pork chop came with mashed potatoes colcannon so I asked to sub out the mashed potatoes with some brussels sprouts.  As you can see we still got potatoes.  No biggie – we just left them uneaten on the plate.

Both in-laws ordered the prime rib (surprise, surprise) and they loved the tender, fatty, corn-fed slab of beef.  I had a bite of beef and, I hate to admit it, but cornfed beef really is tastier than grassfed.  Yes, I know factory farming is evil.

Everyone enjoyed their meal and it was nice having the night off from cooking.  I don’t think the food here is spectacular but it definitely appeals to picky grandparents (as evidenced by the sea of gray hair across the dining room). 

About Michelle Tam

Hello! My name is Michelle Tam, and I love to eat. I think about food all the time. It borders on obsession. I’ve always loved the sights and smells of the kitchen. My mother was (and is) an excellent cook, and as a kid, I was her little shadow as she prepared supper each night. From her, I gained a deep, abiding love for magically transforming pantry items into mouth-watering family meals.

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