I think "poor man's Biltmore" is a perfect descriptor of Chateau Elan. I have never been to either, but reports from trusted friends confirm that your experience is more of the rule than the exception. Too bad.
Yay that you still love H&F - I miss it a lot. I don't know what is on their menu now, but they do tend to be pork-heavy. However, I have had many vegetable preparations there that were truly remarkable.
They did still have at least 3 or 4 vegetable dishes. We ordered something not on the now-outdated menu they have online which I think were called pole beans with some kind of...can't remember...spicy red sauce or seasoning. Pretty good though I'd probably go in a different vegetable direction were I there again next week.
Also, had a drink with a client at an upscale restaurant called Bistro Nico. Huge bar area some interesting drinks and beers. Can't speak to the food but my client (whose food compass I don't know well) likes the place.