#SOL22: Talk

Oversell? Undersell?

The waiter was charming. “It’s the best. As a third generation LA resident, it’s the best.”

Tempted to scoff at the claim, I didn’t. And yet, “Tell me more,” did emerge from my mouth.

As a Midwesterner, I was doubting the claim. I was expecting “the sell” on the sea bass so close to the ocean. Seafood, yes. Or the pasta, in an Italian restaurant. Beef, not so much.

A bone-in ribeye, on a patio, with friends, a celebratory dinner.

Tender, flavorful, perfectly done.

Every morsel eaten.

Best steak in Santa Monica!

What talk matters? What talk is convincing? Who are the experts? How do you know the anticipation matches the outcome?

I can’t imagine that I will ever stop asking waitstaff about menu items. It’s truly a pleasure when the “sale” matches expectations. And now my chagrin. After googling beef production, my state lags behind California in beef production. We’re seventh and CA is fourth. Oops. A traveler with arrogance about quality beef is now apologetic. However, I do know quality steak! And you don’t have to be in a steakhouse to find a superb steak. Thank YOU, Il Formo! Thank YOU, Santa Monica!

And this week’s adventures will continue!

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10 responses

  1. So fun having you in Santa Monica Fran! ❤️

    1. Lve the area, the learning, and my hosts!

  2. What a delightful post! I was at a restaurant and the server was very enthusiastic about what he considered the best dish of the house. When my dining partner ordered it and loved it, he looked so pleased to be right.

    1. Yes, the certainty of the server was delightful. And so correct!

  3. Your post shows what a learner you are, even when ordering at a restaruant!! Enjoy your travels and never stop learning!! I will remember this post come November when we are hopefully in Anaheim together!!

    1. Counting on Anaheim.
      I love to hear recommendations from the locals!

  4. I have often had wait staff steer me toward something I might not have considered or steer me away from my choice because it wasn’t the best item on the menu. They have never been wrong. Good food, good friends, enjoyable dining experience adds up to a perfect time.

  5. You just defined perfection!

  6. Once again you model being a lifelong learner and inquirer. Have fun!

    1. Paying attention to the world…
      Iss you, Erika!

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