Saturday, October 17, 2015

5 of 5 DeliciScore™ (From Heaven) Awarded to Metropolitan Market for their Prime Rib Dip Sandwich in Kirkland, WA on this 17th day of October, 2015 - Taking their French dip very seriously, as they should.

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.

The Met Market from the parking lot.  I brought my good point and shoot camera this day so my pics are better than they have been (sorry to all of you for the photo-less reviews lately as well as the not so vibrant smart phone shots I've largely made you suffer through previously.)

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.)

I stepped up to the counter and there was a nice lady there ready to help me out.  Another nice lady asked if I was the one who had called on the phone asking about the Prime Rib Dip.  "Yes, that was me," I said with a proud smile.  I'm still able to roll incognito.  Not everyone yet knows about this hobby but they soon will.  Comfort food reviews, people.  Comfort food reviews.

I was taking a picture of her slicing the very beautiful Prime Rib when she told me, "No pictures, please." So I had to put my phone away.  You'll have to imagine her drizzling fresh pan jus onto my sandwich, cutting the great-looking baguette, and carefully placing the perfectly pink prime rib onto the bread.

She wrapped it all up for me, au jus, and I paid and got to my seat, which was a shared lunch location with three other dudes who seemed to be video game makers.  I didn't video tape the "unboxing" of this sandwich but I could have and that would have been satisfying for both me and you, dear reader.

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!

You can tell by looking at this thing that it means business.  The bread is great.  The sandwhich is pre-drizzles with pan jus (beef drippings).  The size was not huge but they do offer one with additional meat for a bit more.  The size was satisfying and sufficient.

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!

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