Tuesday, February 5, 2019

French Dip Review: Steve's Bar & Grill, Bellevue, WA

The menu.

The French dip.  I added Swiss since the waitress recommended it.  She also said that they have Prime Rib on Wednesdays, so Thursdays they have a Prime Rib Dip.  I asked if diners could select the "doneness" of the Prime Rib and she said no.  That's okay but not preferred.  You can't get a 5 on a Prime Rib dip, most likely, unless the diner can select doneness.

I got a side salad with Bleu Cheese dressing.  More on that later.

I drank a beer.  Bud Light because I'm classy and high society like that.

Some regulars.

The French dip.  Good meat qty.  Good looking bread.  Orange-frilled wood skewers.  Not a ton of jus and it was orinally only luke (Skywalker).  The swiss was nice and seemed like quality although not overly flavorful.

I was generally pleased with this sandwich.  It gets a 4.

The side salad gets a 3 of 5 because it had good ingredients and dressing but the lettuce was unevenly cut and too wet.

The Review

  • Narrative
    • So I go out to Steve's where I'd never been on a lark. I was meeting up with my friend there. We were going to go to Daman's, which I like, but Steve's had much higher reviews and was nearby so I went for it. Steve's is a dive bar which I really do enjoy, especially in town like Bellevue that can be so pretentious. The service was pretty good. I ordered a couple of beers while I waited for Kailey to show. And decided that I'd order the French dip. (I was reminded that it was on my French dip to do list.) Eric Veal on July 21, 2017 "@kronny on Reddit says that the French dip is good, served on garlic bread. And strong drinks."

  • Bellevue
    • So we was in the Overlake area of Bellevue. It was a snow day and cold out!

  • Steve's
    • Overheard some people who looked like regulars making some racist comments which was somewhat alarming in 2019. But it's nice in some ways to be taken back in time and live like the wild people do.

  • French Dip
    • Jus
      • Jus luke, sent back, came back piping hot
      • Au Jus good but only OK not too flavorful or salty
    • Plate
      • Plain white plate
    • Sandwich
      • Bread
        • Bread great, white and buttered, nicely Toasted
        • Skewers
          • Orange frilled toothpicks
      • Meat
        • Roast beef food and plentiful
      • Non-Meat Topping
        • Swiss cheese nice addition
        • Bread was buttered and toasted
    • Sides
      • Salad
        • Dressing
          • Chunky Bleu cheese
        • Black Olives in salad, tomatoes, good croutons
      • Pickle
        • Good long pickle
    • Rating
      • Overall 4, bread 4, beef 4, cheese 4, jus 3

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Stonehouse Cafe and Bar SeaTac Airport

No Bleu cheese
Looks good
Good size
Lots of meat
Bread not toasted
Cheese not melted
Meat good
Jus not hot
3 overall
Red frilled skewers
Happy I got aioli on side
Quality 4

Sunday, September 30, 2018

5 Point

Sandwich alone a very dry 2 
Looks standard
No visible butter
With Dave
Fun spot
Talked to Europeans who were surprised by Seattle's liberal nature and had been to dunes in Lincoln City and ridden in someone's Subaru impreza
Good Au jus
Toasted bread
Jus fully saves
Overall 5
The reason jus was invented was to mask a shitty sandwich
Stale bread ftw
Salad expanded into full plate size
V good salad except needed croutons or seed
Salad with Cheddar that should be thicker shredded, cuke, cubed tomato, dry nice greens, could have had olives

Monday, July 2, 2018

Nordstrom Grill - Seattle, WA - Two Cheeses Confuse and Delight

Tasting Notes

  • Started with a nice Argentinian Malbec that was recommended by the bartender
  • Comfy in there
  • Calming music was playing overhead 
  • Felt a bit fancy like you might expect inside of a Nordstrom
  • Feels like a steakhouse but was quiet.  Filled in later (I got there at 11:30 apparently before the lunch rush)
  • Very good jus that I gave a 5 at first blush but downgraded to 4 over time.  Could have been hotter.  I think you want the jus to be molten lava hot, Jim Gaffigan
  • Hard but good bread
  • Sandwich was a 4
  • Not huge in size
  • Overall 4
  • Definitely tasted above average and left a parmesan taste in your mouth upon completion
  • Sweet pickle was provided which was quite fancy and a unique, nice touch
  • Parmesan nice and pretty rare as a topping on FDs
  • Bartender said that the French Dip is "their most popular item" and that people freak out and get really sad when they are sold out of it.
  • The salad was a little mushy
  • The biggest strike against this sandwich is that it does not give an option to choose the done-ness of the prime rib.  It would also be cool if you can choose cut thickness.  
  • I also got a Hendricks gin martini with olives and the olives were great


Bread 5 
Jus 4
Non-Meat Toppings 4
Meat 4
Overall 4  Very good French dip with Prime rib but still not a 5 like you'd get from a steakhouse