Crescendo: Albert Lea, MN

crescendoLast Saturday, June 7, my whole family went out for supper to celebrate 3 things; my grandparents 59th wedding anniversary, my parent’s 28th wedding anniversary and Father’s Day. Since we couldn’t all get together on Father’s Day weekend we decided to make this a very special evening and celebrate them all.

My parents had made reservations at Crescendo in Albert Lea, MN. Everyone has been there before, except me and my boyfriend, Spenser, so we didn’t know what to expect. When I looked up the menu online, I noticed their website was lacking in the design area. I didn’t let that be the deciding factor if I was going to like it or not. I looked up their menu because both Spenser and I have food sensitivities. I was a bit concerned because there was only 6 items on the entree menu. I guess that is how you can tell that it’s a very fancy restaurant.

We were both pretty nervous about going there just because it’s not really our scene. I know it’s nice to treat yourself and we were going to celebrate many milestones, but talk about out of our comfort zone. 😉 Over all we both had an amazing time. A lot of good conversation and the food was delicious!! Below is my rating and what I thought about what I had.


Location: Albert Lea, MN
Price: $$ ($10-30)
Rating: ✮✮✮✮☆

BreadComplimentary Bread

This was a nice change to have some baguette with some pepper and olive oil. I have a sensitivity to gluten so this was taken just for the purpose of the photo. 🙂 I did have one bite, which didn’t make me sick, but I didn’t want to risk it.

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So another little known fact about me, I don’t really drink alcohol anymore and Spenser doesn’t drink at all. I have one drink every 6 months or so. I just don’t enjoy it, but this night was special. I decided I was going to have one of my favorites, a Fuzzy Navel. It was perfect!

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SteakMain Course

Description: Filet Mignon with Brandy & Shallot Reduction
Our signature Prime, aged, six ounce Beef Tenderloin Filet, seared in butter and oven finished to order (we recommend Medium rare). Adorned with our sweet yet complex, made on the spot, flamed brandy and shallot Dijon reduction sauce. Accompanied with sautéed asparagus and parmesan mashed potatoes with parmesan crackling cheese. $30

So yet another fun fact about me, I’m crazy picky when it comes to the way meat is prepared. One, I hate bones. I don’t want to see them; two, I hate fat. I also do not want to see it on the plate; and three, I don’t like it when it’s medium rare. I like my meat cooked. 🙂 You can call me picky but really, I’m only like this when it comes to meat.

I had a mini panic break because when I got my plate, it wasn’t the way I asked for it, but I had asked the other 3 who got the same thing to check and they were all the same. So this is why I cannot rate this place 5 stars.

At other steakhouses the server has actually asked me if my meat was cooked to my living before leaving the table but this place didn’t. Instead of making the whole take annoyed with me and my pickyness I sucked it up and ate the steak. It was a great steak but some parts were hard to eat since it wasn’t cooked to medium well like I had requested.

The potatoes. Oh. My. Goodness. My favorite food is potatoes, anything. These were amazing!! I don’t know what kind of potatoes they used or how they prepared them, but I could have ate a whole plate full. They were kind of sweet and very smooth, yet thick.

The asparagus was like any other vegetable side, good. I can’t really say more than that other than it was prepared well and that I probably couldn’t have cooked them that good myself. 🙂

Overall, I would recommend this place to anyone who was looking for a more upscale place to eat out at. It’s great for date night!

This is not a sponsored post. I paid for this meal myself and all the thoughts/opinions are my own.

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