So last night (Friday) was "date night" for Cari and I. We dropped the kids off at mom's for an overnight stay and the evening was ours. Of course, I spent a large part of the afternoon figuring out where I could go and eat and have a meal which fit my new diet. I mentioned my challenge to my brother and he suggested going to the Belvedere Restaurant in the newly renovated Padre Hotel (at one point, he was the lead architect for the project...which is VERY cool!). He told me he would get us a table arranged and would see if the chef could cook a special vegetarian meal just for me. He made the calls and "boom" just like that, we had a place to eat. Part of the deal is he emailed my list of rules to the manager to pass on to the chef. Keep in mind, this way of handling dinner would probably not work at Denny's or Red Robin but at high end restaurants, the chef's sometimes consider it a challenge to try and come up with a good meal for you.
We arrived at The Padre about 6:40p (our reservations were for 7p) and had some time to look around the renovated hotel. We told the check-in ladies that we had arrived and they said they would let us know when our table was ready. At almost 7p on the button, they came and got us and told us our table was ready.
They got us our water and then our waitress showed up, introduced herself and told me it was her understanding they would be preparing a special dish for me (yes, I felt like a celebrity!). In the meantime, Cari ordered the Grilled Bone In Ribeye (seen in this first picture).
After a little while, Cari's steak was delivered. I was excited to see my dish but it didn't show up for about 7-8 minutes after Cari got her meal. Finally my dish showed up........ The dish was simple but tasty. It was basically whole wheat noodles in a soy sauce based broth. I was a little disappointed that there wasn't any sign of vegetables in my entree but the noodles were still good. Overall, it was a great experience but mainly because I was in the company of my beautiful wife!