We just had lunch this week at the Blue Bayou, and to me the food quality and Menu (no real salads offered unless you get the 20 buck plus entree) were really out of touch with the rest of Restaurant-dom. I should have looked closer at the Menu before going in. My mistake for sure.
The Cuz's take is that most of the entrees at lunch (which should be cheaper than dinner) were in the 20 to 26 dollar region. Chicken was maybe 16. There are no side orders. The two Prime Rib lunches were so overdone and dried out they were inedible and were gladly taken back. Like they had sat. The staff was fine, and they admitted to this. I think the whole central kitchen thing kitchen needs to be rethought if you are going to put yourself in a higher price bracket. If you want to price yourself that high for lunch, fine. There is demand and they know it. Then deliver at the level of presentation and food quality of better Restaurants. Orange County has great places to eat and local AP's especially are willing to spend for something amazing if it is there as they got in free. The expectation goes up and I start comparing it to other real world places that are not mass production. Plastic laminated Menus with pirate maps looks like everyone got a Kid's Menu. What cheese! They used to have elegant menus. It just does not look anyone is serious about the food at all. Anyone else feel that way? I'm not a snob but felt "declining by degrees" big time.