Saturday, September 6, 2014

4 of 5 DeliciScore™ (Great) Awarded to Mermaid Bar & Grill for their Prime Rib Dip Sandwich in Saugatuck, MI on this 6th day of September, 2014 - A beautiful delight on a Michigan summer.

We were traveling with family and found ourselves in the cute vacation town in western Michigan: Saugatuck.  The Mermaid is a restaurant in a perfect spot right on the water with lots of outdoor dining.

The size of the sandwich was smallish but the bread was good.  The meat was good but only scored a 3.  The overall experience and sandwich were a 4.  The outdoor dining is a very nice feature.  The jus was only fine, coming in at a 3.  The buttery, garlic bun saved this sandwich with its high-scoring 4.  The jus just barely scraped by with nothing to spare.

French dip money shot.

Other pics:

Good tomato salad Jessica ordered.

The French dip, plated.


Bloody Mary with salami on the skewer.

An art shot of a swooping gull.

Jessi's new necklace.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

4 of 5 DeliciScore™ (Great) Awarded to Red Door for their Prime Rib Dip Sandwich in Seattle, WA on this 23rd day of July, 2014 - This one was solid.

We were in Fremont for the Solstice Festival so there were a lot of people out.

The menu

Beef Dip: prime rib, white cheddar, horseradish aioli, on baguette, au jus.  Sounds delicious.  White cheddar: nice touch.

There it is: with a pickle and a good looking salad.  Jus served in a paper cup.

A little fat glistening in the jus which can be a good thing.

Looks tasty.

Good looking salad with bleu cheese and nice carrots and cabbage for crunch.

A pickle spear.

The money shot: mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Good one: 4 of 5.  The extras made it tasty.

3 of 5 DeliciScore™ (Good) Awarded to Cabbage Patch Restaurant for their Prime Rib Dip Sandwich in Snohomish, WA on this 23rd day of July, 2014 - Didn't really do it for me.

A little drawing.

I guess they can cater well.

It's a cute little place and downtown Snohomish is pretty fun.

Le Menu

There it is, the Prime Rib Dip, I had to get it!  Prime rib served on a French roll with Jarlsberg cheese (hadn't seen this before) and a side of au jus.  $10.99 isn't bad for a Prime Rib Dip these days.

Tender, thick and juicy cut of aged beef...mmmmmmmmmmm.

A Long Island Iced Tea.  It was a fun one!! ; )

There's the meal.  Bread is white.

White bread doesn't really do it for me.

Cute little pickle.

The money shot....mmmmmm



That's the little place.

Sandwich is a 2: it's very bland but the Jus was a 4 bringing the overall score way up.  I'd probably order it again but it's not a game-changer.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

5 of 5 DeliciScore™ (From Heaven) Awarded to Bellevue Brewing Company for their French Dip Sandwich in Bellevue, WA on this 26th day of April, 2014 - Amazing meat, unique and high quality.

Shaky photo of the item on the menu.

Bird's eye view of the meal.  You can tell from here that the jus is too weak / mild / light.

A beautiful sandwich with lots of meat, red onions, a tomato, horseradish.  Most excellent.

Look at all of that good meat.

You can see the well-done, crunchy/crispy, beef from here.

The money shot

Great meat that's crunchy! (in a good way) 5
Light jus 2
Horseradish flavor is good
The meat really is great, even "fun"!
Excellent sandwich overall:  5
The meat really is perfect
This meal is a 5 overall, regardless of the so so (too light) jus
Fantastic sandwich overall

Saturday, April 12, 2014

3 of 5 DeliciScore™ (Good) Awarded to Bullwheel for their Prime Rib Dip Sandwich in Enumclaw, WA on this 12th day of April, 2014 - Not one of the better.

The menu at The Bullwheel, a lodge at Crystal Mountain ski resort.  Was up there with Garth and Dana on a perfect, sunny spring-skiing day.  We had fun!

The prime rib dip on the menu.  $16.  Came as described.

A picture of the meat.  Doesn't look real appealing.

A jus picture.  The light reflection makes it look like there's a goldfish floating in it in this picture (there wasn't).  The jus overall is pretty oily.  Good and herby (which is nice) but a little too oily, I think.  3.5 of 5 for this.

The view from our seat.  Again, beautiful day.

Another picture of the dip.  The bread is quite white and hardly toasted.  The skewers were orange-yellow in color.  The bread was dense: a 3 of 5.  Could have been more toasted.

The horseradish was quite good.  Not authentic or anything but good tasting.

No the most beautiful side profile.  The meat was medium rare but looked more read.  The bread is stark white.

The "money shot".  Pretty good jus.  Bread was okay.  Meat wasn't good.  Pretty bad prime rib in fact.

The salad that came with it.  Good overall.  About a 4 of 5.  Good blue cheese dressing.  Radish and julienned carrots for extra flair and steez.

Overall this dip had good jus.  The bread was only fair and not all that attractive.  The meat needed A LOT of work.  Garth ordered a dip as well and his meat was really bad and really gristly and overdone.  Sure, we weren't at a steakhouse or anything like that but between an overly oily jus and bad meat, this sandwich was only a 2.5 of 5.  For a prime rib dip it would score even lower.  Not as bad as the one we had at The Game.

Bread  3 of 5.  Dense.  Very white.  Not toasted enough.
Meat  2 of 5.  Not good for prime rib.  Provided too much gristle and did not provide consistency between well-done and medium rare, cut thickness, etc.
Jus  2 of 5.  Flavor was a 4 or so but the greasiness / oiliness was a turn-off.
Overall  2.5 of 5.  Good tasting jus, dense bread, meat lacking overly greasy jus.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

1 of 5 DeliciScore™ (Nah) Awarded to Financial Center for their French Dip Sandwich in Seattle, WA on this 3rd day of April, 2014 - Little Cafeteria in the Financial Building

The Financial Center building in Seattle has a little cafeteria in there and they offer a French dip.  Here's my review.

A mediocre salad.  3 of 5.

Look at this puppy.  Wow.  Not good.  Pretty light on the meat!!

Really?  This is a sandwich?  I paid for this?

Grill marks.  Yes!!!

A simple meal of food.

Jus.  What you'd expect.  Not too bad.

  • Bread: 2 of 5.  It's thin and mashed on the panini grill.
  • Meat: 1 of 5.  Need more.
  • Salad: 3 of 5.  Good enough.
  • Jus3 of 5.  Good enough.
  • Sandwich: 2 of 5.  Pretty small and pathetic but did the job.

OVERALL1 of 5.  Not your top sandwich.  The Asian lady behind the counter, though, is really nice!!