I just started a new job and was talking to some coworkers during week one (about 4 weeks ago now) about my French dip reviewing hobby. One of the guys was telling me that the best French dip he had ever had was at Metropolitan Market (MM). I realized a little while later that there is a MM very close to my work in Kirkland, so I made it a point to walk there for lunch one day.
Getting there. It was a comfortable fall day and I walked about 15 minutes to get there.
|Fall colors on the way there.|
|A quaint little house in the middle of Kirland that looks very out of place (see next picture for confirmation).|
|The Google Kirkland campus and the 12 flag flying. Go Hawks!|
|More fall colors. More browns than I'd seen at this point during the season this year.|
I got to the deli, where their Prime Rib Dip was reported to be.
|A sign promoting a pork sandwich. Sounds like a tasty treat for next time (this comment does not mean that I did not enjoy the French dip.)|
|Here's a pic of the dark, naturally made jus with horseradish in the background.|
|Here's a pic of the sandwich (upside down). Check out the BLOOD SPLATTERS on this thing. Also angular cut, which is requisite and strategic. BLOOD SPLATTERS!|
|Here's a close-up of the meat and pre-moistened baguette. Blood splatters. Pink meat. Very authentic.|
|A picture of the juicy, dipped sandwich.|
|The size of the sandwich in hand on its way into the pool of jus. It will soon meet (meat?) its fate. Dark, nice jus.|
|The money shot. It was really good!|
|I also enjoyed using their side of horseradish.|
The meat had some fat in it but it was good. No complaint for that but I think I would prefer they remove all fat from the meat. I don't think too many people like to eat beef fat.
The jus scored a 4 of 5 because it was not hot enough. However, it was the real thing and probably would score a 5 if there was a lot and it was hot.
The price was $9.99. Not bad at all, in Kirkland, and with hand-cut Prime Rib.
The sandwich comes by default with horseradish added pre-facto. I do not prefer this and like to control my own horseradish intake and for that reason asked for it on the side, which was a good call.
The staff were nice and I could tell they were both passionate and proud of what they were doing.
And here's some pics of the Fall colors on my walk home:
Meat: 5 of 5
Bread: 5 of 5
Au Jus: 4 of 5
Overall: 5 of 5
This is a great sandwich that can be found in a neighborhood grocery store (albeit a fancy one). The people put great care and pride into creating this very nice sandwich that scores a 5 of 5 for all of the right reasons. I'm a fan!