EVERETT--You can see why "Prohibition Grille" might be a good name for this joint, a brick and cherry wood spot with a bar, a few tables and a dance-band stage out front, and, up a few steps and through a heavy, brocaded curtain, a back room decorated with oversize (empty) bottles of wine, where it doesn't take much imagination to smell the cigar smoke and bootleg bourbon. What would you expect to eat here? Steak, to be sure. Ribs, maybe. Crab cakes. A burger.
So far, so good. The rest of the menu describes itself as "Gourmet Southern," suggesting fried oysters and blackened catfish, fried green tomatoes and so on. It does not disappoint. A dozen small plates; a dozen mains, a dozen sides, a handful of BBQ items.
Then, just when you think you've got things figured out, along comes a conga line (as it were) of four women clad in gold-lamé bikinis, finger cymbals clanging rhythmically. Turns out this is Prohibition Grille's owner and hostess, Darlene "Rishi" Brown, and her students at Rishi's Egypt. "Through belly dancing, women of all ages and body styles gain a sense of positive self that is seen not only through their dance, but also in their personal lives," it says on her website.
Nothing wrong with that, but Rishi had a skeptical guest in the restaurant the week we visited, back in December: Gordon Ramsay, the loud, profane celebrity chef from the UK, who was in the midst of taping an episode of his popular reality-TV series, "Kitchen Nightmares."
Here's what it looked like: