Friends took me to Patty's Place in Seal Beach this past weekend 3/24//06 and I wasn't sure what to expect. From the name, I thought it might be a casual place, but it was far from that. Patty's Place is a lovely restaurant with a nice, white tablecloths and a great menu. Don't get me wrong, it is not snooty. It's beautiful yet comfortable. People go dressed up as well as dressed casually. And Patty herself stops by your table during your meal to make sure all is well. She's on top of what's going on in her restaurant and it shows. We started with the Tomato salad and shrimp cocktails as our appetizers. They say the tomato salad is for 2, however 4 of us couldn't finish it. It was phenomenal. Several different kinds of tomatoes and feta cheese with a lot of other goodies. Order it! It is one of their most popular items. The shrimp cocktail was the best I've ever had. Served in dishes with ice wells to keep them ice cold, they are HUGE and the cocktail sauce delightful. I ordered the Rib Eye steak for my entrée and it was like no other one I've had. Not fatty, cooked to perfection and very tender. My dining partner had the pepper steak and it was also to die for. Order the twice baked potato as your side dish, you won't be disappointed. Dessert was just as good. We ordered the New York cheesecake which was not your ordinary New York cheesecake--much more moist, melts in your mouth. I usually don't like restaurant cheesecake, but this one was the exception. We also had the chocolate cake which was also wonderful. It may sound like I am Patty's Mom the way I'm raving about this restaurant, but I'm not, I'm Tess who just happens to love this sensational place. I'm so happy to have discovered it. Give it a try. It's worth the drive to Seal Beach!