Saturday, February 24, 2018

French Dip Review: Rosewood Cafe in Tacoma, WA

I was driving around burning time on a Sunday and got hungry.  I looked for eateries in Tacoma and found this place, Rosewood Cafe, that was highly rated on Foursquare so I went.  It was a cute, nice, clean neighborhood joint with a good vibe and good food.  The French dip, unfortunately was good mayonnaise-y.  I should no by now to always get the mayo on the side.  Some people can do it right (very rare) and others ruin a good sandwich and turn it into a creampile.

Jus 4 light color, good flavor, hot
Meat 3 fine roast beef
Non meat toppings 4 red onion sautéed, cheese, mayo
Sandwich 4
Bread 4 good, Toasted, but Smallish
Overall 4 for size and too much Mayo

In general, the smallish size hurts it.  It is good but mayo-forward (is that a thing?), onions were  fine, the havarti cheese was not noticeable.  The jus was light colored jus (chicken broth?) but good overall.  Quality food but too much Mayo and not much focus on beef or beef taste.

Turkey Dip at Pumphouse in Bellevue, WA

I was meeting up for beers with my buddy Dave Niederkrome.  We were talking business.  He knows I'm a French Dip fan, so I indulged in a Turkey Dip from Pumphouse.  I have now had their French Dip, Burger Dip and Turkey Dip, completing the trifecta.  The Turkey Dip is good.  

The sandwich alone was a 4: pretty juicy and pretty good.  It tasted pretty fresh, had a good amount of meat.  The jus was only a 3 that night but it was hot, good and overall it was a 4 above-average. Their salad is great.  It gets a five because of consistency and good blue cheese with nice chunky dressing.

Jus 3 of 5
Meat 4 of 5 plentiful
Non Meat Toppings N/A
Bread 4 good bread, toasted
Overall 4 of 5

Friday, January 19, 2018

Goldbergs' in Bellevue, WA

Absorbent bread and it became kind of mushy.  The beef was not very chewy.  It kind of melted in your mouth, which wasn't my goal.

Kevin George got the pastrami sandwich and he was happy with it.

Setting the Stage

Was meeting up on Friday for dinner with a friend. We picked Goldberg's a NY-style Jewish deli with 250 items on the menu.  Not intending to eat the French dip, it was on the menu, so I had to know.  It wound up being only okay.  

Tasting Notes

Sandwich alone 3
I  got to add Havarti but it didn't help much
The waitress, Megan, was pretty fun and quirky
Jus 3
Buttery, too absorbent bread
Very high quality 3
Nothing stood out
Soft bread, absorbent

Saturday, January 13, 2018

La Conner Pub, Yankee, La Conner, WA

Setting the Stage

My parents invited me up for dinner.  It was mid January and the weather was nice.  I drove up and met them for dinner at one of their favorite places.

Tasting Notes

Sandwich 4
Salad good, crunchy, maybe even 5, fresh, creamy, added a lot of black pepper, which was great
Was hungry
Visiting parents
They are regulars
Dark jus
Small size
Red and green toothpicks
Jus great, rich, 5
Well Toasted
Good amount of Swiss, additive
Dark, rich, excellent jus