At first Laurys may appear to be slightly stuffy if you are used to the uber casual NW, but it is the type of restaurant that captures and era and elegance that is not commonly found there. It was such a wonderful surprise. We were served by Betty and Drake, and they were both extremely professional and welcoming.
We wanted to try a few different things so we decided on two appetizers; Scallops Par Fazi and the Oysters Rockefeller. Both were prepared perfectly - if I had to choose, the scallops would be my favorite; the sauce was the perfect consistency. The oysters were a barely discernible second place - so delicious! We also ordered a spinach salad and shared the seafood risotto for an entrée. For dessert we had the Grand Marnier Soufflé, it was perfectly light and fluffy... not too sweet!
We also ordered a Basil mint martini and substituted Tito's Vodka in place of Gin and it was nice because the flavors were balanced (we had a cucumber mint martini at a different WV restaurant and couldn't finish it because it was bitter and sweet - if that's possible) and a Sancerre Sauvignon Blanc and it was also very nice.
We were so impressed and happy with the way we were treated here. There are two things I should note. One was that I never once felt rushed. I know that it is a higher end menu as far as price is concerned, but if possible, it really is worth treating yourself. We really did get what we paid for; not only in the quality of the food but in the sense that the dinner was an "event". We took our time, enjoyed each other's company, and enjoyed visiting with Betty and Drake. I never felt like we had to rush out of there. Being a great server is an art form as well as a noble career. There is a reason that Betty has been there since 1994 - because Laurys is a special place.
Also of note was the fact that I left my favorite sunglasses there and the next day when I called, they were promptly recovered and they mailed them back to Oregon for me free of charge... unheard of! I wouldn't hesitate to come here again and if I could give them an extra star, I totally would!
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