Paper Plane in Decatur is open on Monday nights now, for what they are calling “Steak Night”. Would you like to see fuzzy camera-phone pictures of it? Well c’mon down!
In only its second week, steak night is being advertised as “Classic Steakhouse Fare. Vintage Steakhouse Prices.”
It’s a swell idea – a very well priced, simplified menu, having a few classic steakhouse sides and appetizers (or variants thereof), served with moderate portions of well prepared steak and quintessential steakhouse cocktails. Special cocktail shout out to the Stinger, the favorite of my Great Uncle Frank, who died of cirrhosis. I have a Stinger with my brother and father once or twice a year around the holidays, in memoriam.
I’ll be brief – I was very pleased with the experience. It completely satisfies the craving for the steak house experience, at half the price, and with significantly better beverages. Steaks were cooked exactly right, and the inappropriately oft-classified “lesser-cuts” were tender and flavorful, assisted by light-handed pan sauces, with maybe a touch too much rosemary, if you are sensitive to that.
Three of us tried one of each appetizer, steak, and side – it was all very good across the board. Portions are on the smaller side, but really, the way I usually stuff myself at steak houses is completely unnecessary. Including two cocktails a person, our tabs were less than $60 per guy, including tax and gratuity. That’s tough to beat.
I’m told all dishes and cuts of beef will be changing regularly. I look forward to seeing what else they offer.