Monday, September 2, 2019

The Loft, Poulsbo, WA French Dip Review







Quite a bit of meat.  Looked quite good.

Attractive salad.


Quite a big bowl of jus.

Cute little salad with nice cukes, pretty radish slice, carrots, tomato, croutons.




Cute old service dog.


Sarah's tacos were quite good, too!

Raw notes.

Notes

Ambiance
  • Waterfront
  • Labor Day

Food
  • FD
    • Overall
      • Looks v good
      • Comes with a steal knife for cutting
      • Nice size
      • 4 overall, jus and too absorbent bread the missing link
      • Sandwich good, dry
      • Price
        • $15
    • Bread
      • Mentions soft baguette so could be too soft
      • Nicely toasted
      • Looks crispy
    • Meat
      • Shaved prime rib. How is this possible?
      • Juicy actually
      • Looks crispy
      • Good qty
    • Jus
      • They refer to it as 'real', so better be good
      • Big bowl
      • Delicious
      • Hot
      • A little weak
      • Mushroomy? Truffle?
      • Garlicky
    • Toppings
      • Onions, peppers and provolone could be too much and too rich
      • Look good

  • Side Salad
    • 5 of 5
    • Bleu Cheese
      • Very liquid
      • Pungent, good
    • Parmesan plentiful
      • Made the salad
      • Nicely shredded, a little thicker
    • Greens
      • Fresh
      • A little kale
      • Good contrast on leaf
      • Dry
      • Good
      • Fancy
    • Plenty, sharp
    • Croutons
      • Nice
      • Cheesy
      • Chewy and crunchy
    • Carrot nicely shaved
    • Tomato good, crunchy

  • Steak Tacos
    • Great flavor
    • Fresh
    • Spicy

Summary

Bread 3.  Too absorbent.  Nicely toasted, buttered, okay size.
Meat 4.  Pretty good meat.  No real complaints.  Was juicy, too.  Plentiful.
Non-Meat Toppings 4.  They added something.  (Cheese, onions, peppers).  Peppers made it look good and seem fancy.
Jus 4.  Good smelling.  Was initally hot, came in a large container.  Additional richness and it could have made the whole sandwich a 5.
Overall 4.  Was quite well done and fun to eat but I think the somewhat weak jus made it less then perfect.  The sandwich alone was good but dry and I hoped the jus would save the day; it helped but didn't rescue it fully, in the end.

French Dip Review: The Golf Club at Echo Falls, Snohomish, WA















Setting the Stage

Was out golfing with my buddy Ryan.  After our round we stopped at the club house for a bit to eat and a beer.  They had a French dip so I was obliged.

Raw Notes

3, 4 tops
Beef ok 3
Side 🥗 fine
Size okay
Jus just salty, no real beef flavor

Summary

Bread 2.  Non-standard FD bread.
Meat 3.
Non-Meat Toppings 3.  White cheese ok.  Horseradish cream on side ok. 
Jus 2.  Overly salty with not the correct rich and beefy flavor.
Overall 3.  What a person might expect at a golf course.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Cafe Flora (Vegetarian) French Dip, Seattle, WA


























Setting the Stage

I was on my way home from Seattle and chose to finally go to Cafe Flora to eat their Portabello French Dip.  I had been here many times and really liked it but somehow had not had the French dip.  I would not be disappointed.

Raw Tasting Notes

Jus great, special, very salty
Sandwich looks good, nice bread
Salad wilted, looks flat
Fresh cuke and radishes on 🥗 a nice touch.
Salad flavor and freshness great
++ For 🌻 seeds and julienned carrots
Jus smells awesome
Sandwich alone a five. Awesome flavor, crunchy but soft 🍞, seeds on bread fantastic. Anise?
Onion great
Didn't want to dip it was so good but felt blessed to know I could when it was in need.
Bread like a six with the seeds

Scores

Bread 6
Protein 5
Toppings 5
Jus 6
Overall perfect 5 soooooooo good

Conclusions

Man this thing was a delight.  The bread, jus, mushrooms, onions, side salad, everything. Soooo good!