|So here we are at the North Bend Bar & Grill. Jessica and I were out for date night (it was Wednesday). We went to North Bend to check things out down there. It's a cute little town. Pretty limited but cute.|
|Our waitress brought out the salad, which was quite nice looking. That is carrots you see, not cheese. And the lettuce was hearty and nice greens.|
So here is the review, people:
- Salad good. It was a really good, nicely presented salad with nice ingredients and a fancier-than usual dressing that included a blue cheese crumble topping.
- Jus good. The jus looked good, hot, rich and thick upon serving and was delivered in what would be a proper container. I wrote down that that jus was "really good" and it was also really salty. I think we don't grade down jus for being overly salty unless it is really like over the top screwed up salty.
- Meat good. The prime rib was indeed really good when eaten alone and seasoned quite nicely with a salty but good flavor. The prime rib was prepared medium well and gets a strike against it because I was not presented with the option for it to be medium rare, etc.
- And then there was the bread. Now the bread on the other hand looked okay overall and was of high quality but in general had a "floury" taste (and visible flour) and it was non-French. It was especially spongy and not very porous (sidebar: it's called porosity or void friction and needs to get added to the metrics page). You don't want an overly absorbent bread, which this was. It wasn't too soft but it was also not buttered much if at all and it wasn't very toasted. The bread did not ruin it for me but it also did not make or really help the sandwich in any significant way; the highlights were the salty meat and cheese and the quite rich jus.
- Cheese good. The chedder cheese topping was of good quality, nice and thick. It added benefit to the sandwich. The sandwich alone (when eaten without the jus was pretty good but not to die for. The meat was good.)
- Horseradish cream was there, but whatever. As I previously mentioned, the horseradish cream was good but of the creamy type and had the right amount of spiciness. But I did not really splurge on it (one dip, I believe) as it is not really what I needed or wanted at the time.
- Fries. It was nice that they gave out both fries and a very salad. The fries were only okay with some a bit on the mushy side. As is my basic custom, they were dipped into ketchup. Mustard was not on the table I don't believe and had it been I would have most likely used that mustard for dipping my fries into, okay?
- Overall sandwich dipped. This sandwich was a 4 of 5 overall. It loses points for the bread primarily. In general, this was a high priced meal at $15.99 but because it came with fries and salad, cheese, prime rib and the size was pretty good, it is not entirely outlandish, especially for the Seattle area. It was also a nice feature and touch that they split it between me and Jessica and each portion was quite generous.
- Bread. I score the bread as a 2 of 5 for a few reasons: quite white in color, not buttered much if at all, not toasted much, not very crunchy, had some taste like flour, overly absorbent.
- Jus. The jus I will score as a 4 of 5 primarily due to its saltineess but in general it was rich and good.
- Meat. The meat gets a 4 of 5 for being crunchy and nice and salty and tasty and prime rib. It could have been better had I been given the option to choose doneness but overall it worked very well with this sandwich and was enjoyable.
- Cheese. I give the cheese (non-meat topping) a 4 of 5 given its quality, thick cut and value-add to the sandwich.
So there you have it, dear Mr./Mrs./Ms. reader person. I hope you enjoyed the review and will enjoy a French dip of your own very soon. Or at least a conversation about one.