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Raindancer's Flambé Room burns its bridges

Our dessert choices were the signature bananas Foster and cherries jubilee -- both of which would have involved allowing our incompetent boor of a waiter access to flammable liquids. Given our dissatisfaction to that point with what was supposed to have been executive dining, we made an executive decision: We left, vowing never to come back.

But in the end, I felt the nearly three-decades-old Raindancer itself, if not the Flambé Room, deserved another chance. Too many people I know treasure it as an old Fort Lauderdale dining destination. Aside from our particular server, the staff seemed uniformly friendly, although not sophisticated. And finally what parent can resist a restaurant that offers prime rib or lamb chops on the children's menu?

Thus I returned, and I did find some saving graces in Raindancer. The daily specials yielded a plate of lightly fried frogs' legs, which were fresh and meaty. A cut of prime rib was rare as promised and barely fatty. My children were treated not just like citizens but like treasured future diners with wallets of their own.

Same old song and dance
Joshua Prezant
Same old song and dance

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Raindancer Steak House

2300 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd.
West Palm Beach, FL 33409

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: West Palm Beach

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954-772-0337. Lunch Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. till 4 p.m. Dinner nightly from 4 till 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday till 11 p.m
3031 E. Commercial Blvd., Fort Lauderdale

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My remaining quibbles have to do with quality and preparedness, though. How could a restaurant have shrimp scampi available when the kitchen had run out of shrimp cocktail? Why serve baked Brie en croûte with grayish Brie that smells like government cheese? Why not make lobster bisque that tastes like, well, lobster? Why not ask patrons if they'd care for dessert before bringing the check?

Perhaps instead of futilely attempting to upscale Raindancer, Saliba should look to fix, as he is with the edifice itself, what is already broken. After all, Raindancer's motto is "An American Dining Experience." Does he really want his restaurant to be the one that gives American dining a bad name?

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