I found myself on a cold winter Saturday at Tam O'Shanter Golf & Country Club's Clubhouse in Bellevue, WA. I was with my buddy Garth and we were meeting up with my neighbors to watch the Seahawks play the Detroit Lions in the playoffs.
Tam O'Shanter's Clubhouse is a very relaxing location. I get to go there because my neighbor's nephews work there. It is not too busy, has really great service and I came to find out that their food is also quite good as well.
While there, I enjoyed half of Garth's French dip, fries, and a lot of Buffalo wings that were really good as well. I've been telling people lately about how I like my wings: overdone and really crispy, almost to the level of jerky. These fit that bill.
More info on Tam O'Shanter:
1313 183RD Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98008-3439
It was a 5:15 PM gametime and it wound up being a really good game with the win going to the Seahawks. The final score? 26-6 with some really sweet catches such as this one from Paul Richardson.
Here's the details on their French dip:
|A *huge* and extremely wide sandwich brushed with butter and extremely dark, think jus. To repeat: this baby is EXTREME! Bamboo skewer in tow.|
|Arial view demonstrating the girth of this sandwich. Garth cut it in half, which was probably the right call but I think I would have felt quite manly dipping that bad boy in the thick gravy-like jus.|
|The dark, thick jus and fries.|
|I assumed initially that the bread was too thick and would be too absorbent. But somehow it worked. It did not actually result in a too-much-bread experience and the thick and viscous jus did also not allow for an overly absorbent experience as seen in J. Michael's French dip, for example.|
|Clearly a lot of meat. There are some peppery onions in there as well. And you can see that the bread compressed quite well.|
Raw Tasting Notes:
- Dry (well done) and LOTS of beef
- Extremely wide sandwich with bread that looks like it could be too absorbent
- Very Generous portion
- Very Peppery
- No cheese causes dryness but the gravy creates lubrication
- Gravy very thick and rich, dark
- 4 of 5 because of too dry beef and very Peppery, must be compensating for something with so much pepper?
- Compare to very beefy Bellevue brewing company tall boy sandwich
- Results in poutine when Gravy jus drips on fries
- Paul recommends the steak fries, not skinny
Bread 4 of 5 for size and brushed with butter
Meat 4 of 5 for too dry but lots of it and peppery, flavorful, good texture
Non-Meat Toppings peppery grilled onions that were good and additive
Jus 4 of 5 for being so rich and thick and flavorful, gravy-like
Overall 4 of 5 a consistent and interesting, well-executed French dip sandwich