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A luxurious meal in many ways   2 comments

I’d like to say I was nonchalant about dining at the exclusive Polo Lounge where I was recently the guest of a generous friend. Except I wasn’t. From the moment we turned into the drive leading to the entrance of the Beverly Hills Hotel, it was an effort not to gape at the beautiful surroundings and of the luxury represented.

As awe-inspiring as the setting is, it was overshadowed by the meal. We started with hummus. This, like everything we were served, was beautifully plated. Creamy, house made hummus sprinkled with feta is surrounded by fresh, raw vegies and grilled pieces of pita. This, also like everything served, was a substantial appetizer easily shared among four.

The lunch entrees range from salads to fish tacos, from pasta to prawns, from burgers to steak – and more. I opted for the American Wagyu hamburger. This not only took two hands to hold, but two napkins were needed in an effort to keep juicy messes from running down my chin onto my clothing. This was no ordinary burger. It featured onions caramelized in sherry, a bright orange heirloom tomato, white cheddar cheese, arugula – and for extra measure avocado slices. The brioche bun was slathered with Dijon aioli.

We finished with a decadent strawberry shortcake sundae featuring fresh strawberries, cotton candy, strawberry ice cream and more.

Polo Lounge is the place where celebrities come to be seen and ignored. I was there for the food ambiance and shared friendship: none disappointed.

Polo Lounge

The Beverly Hills Hotel

9641 Sunset Blvd.

Beverly Hills, Calif.

(Unfortunately, there were problems with my camera that day.)

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Jake and Telly’s Greek Taverna is almost a cliché with its frescos of other-worldly-blue skies and snow-white structures found only in Greece. Fortunately, the food overshadows the décor of the large dining area, and a friendly, attentive staff enhances the meal.

Lunch with friends from work reminded me that Jake and Telly’s is a place worth returning to – it had been years since my last visit; I’d simply forgotten about it. I was also prompted to recall that different groups of friends have different dining styles. For example, the last time I was there I knew that whatever I ordered I would be sharing with that friend. She and I think nothing of eating off each other’s plates. I don’t want to do that with just anyone, no matter how much I enjoy their company. However, I was sorely tempted to take a bite of my colleague’s Garlic Mashed Potatoes on this recent visit, especially when she raved about them.


The mashers seemed an unlikely accompaniment in a Greek restaurant. The other options were Roasted Potatoes, Red Lentil Soup, Avgolemono Soup, and Pasta Salad. The latter was made with orzo, so it and the lemon soup were more traditional. I was pleased with my roasted potatoes, which were crispy and flavored with lemon pepper and herbs. Still, I can only imagine the richness within those mashed potatoes.

My entrée of Souvlaki was made with tender, roasted marinated pork instead of lamb and served with creamy tzatziki enfolded in pita.

Jake and Telly’s Greek Taverna
Four Plates
2616 W. Colorado Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO.