Monday, July 2, 2018

Nordstrom Grill - Seattle, WA - Two Cheeses Confuse and Delight

























Tasting Notes

  • Started with a nice Argentinian Malbec that was recommended by the bartender
  • Comfy in there
  • Calming music was playing overhead 
  • Felt a bit fancy like you might expect inside of a Nordstrom
  • Feels like a steakhouse but was quiet.  Filled in later (I got there at 11:30 apparently before the lunch rush)
  • Very good jus that I gave a 5 at first blush but downgraded to 4 over time.  Could have been hotter.  I think you want the jus to be molten lava hot, Jim Gaffigan
  • Hard but good bread
  • Sandwich was a 4
  • Not huge in size
  • Overall 4
  • Definitely tasted above average and left a parmesan taste in your mouth upon completion
  • Sweet pickle was provided which was quite fancy and a unique, nice touch
  • Parmesan nice and pretty rare as a topping on FDs
  • Bartender said that the French Dip is "their most popular item" and that people freak out and get really sad when they are sold out of it.
  • The salad was a little mushy
  • The biggest strike against this sandwich is that it does not give an option to choose the done-ness of the prime rib.  It would also be cool if you can choose cut thickness.  
  • I also got a Hendricks gin martini with olives and the olives were great

Summary

Bread 5 
Jus 4
Non-Meat Toppings 4
Meat 4
Overall 4  Very good French dip with Prime rib but still not a 5 like you'd get from a steakhouse

Bellevue Brewing - Bellevue, WA - Is There Such a Thing as Too Salty Jus?










Tasting Notes


  • Sandwich gets a 5 for the really tasty caramelized onions
  • Very good and very salty jus maybe/probably a 5
  • Smallish sandwich overall but good looking beef
  • Onion flavor and topping was fantastic, reminiscent of onion jam at Nine O Bar & Grill in Bellevue
  • Messy and perhaps even floppy in general
  • Onions tasted sweet
  • Peppery taste
  • Not a lot of jus provided but it was enough
  • Cheese was fun and even stretchy at point like you were eating a pizza
  • Best French dip I've had in some time
  • Bread crunchy/crispy on some of the corners, which was a big plus
  • Very nice little salad they provided that had Bleu cheese sprinkles on the top of the main bleu cheese dressing.  Corn in there, too, that made it seem fancy
  • Got horseradish cream on the side, thank God.  I never even sampled it and it wasn't needed.

Summary

Bread 4
Meat 4
Jus 5
Cheese 5
Overall 5  Great sandwich.  Their previous French dip recipe was good and this one is really good.  Onions FTW.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Jefferson Park Golf Course Prime Rib French Dip Review, Seattle, WA

Went out to the driving range at Jefferson Park in Seattle with my wife and our friends the Auty's and grabbed a bite to eat afterwards.  Prime Rib Dip was their special that night and Auty's chose to get it.  I wasn't in the mood.

Looks greasy and terrible.  Ugly white greasy bread.

Looks terrible.


I insisted that they get the horseradish aioli on the side, which they did.  It tasted fine but only added to the already-greasy nature of this thing.

Look closely: there is literally a 1/4" of standing oil on the top of this jus.  Disgusting.  When the sandwich was dipped into it, the dark part of the jus literally would not absorb.  I couldn't believe it.  I had the waiter send it back and the cook came out explaining that these were real beef drippings and nothing could be done.  I was ashamed and appalled and nodded in acceptance.  Ever heard of a fat separator?  Time to get a recipe for the jus itself, people.  So sad!!!!!!!!

This is the 'money shot' of the dipped sandwich.  The jus is so thin and horrible you can't even see it on the bread.  OMG!


I can't imagine a more disappointing and oily pile.

And shoe leather gyro meat to boot, labeled and prime rib.  So terrible!

Tasting Notes

Oil on the jus quarter inch thick on top.  :(
Sandwich 1-2 alone. :(
Low grade meat  :(
Onions OK 3 
Bread 2
Horseradish aioli on side OK 3
Overall fail 2

Bread 2
Meat 1
Non-Meat Toppings 3 
Jus 0 
Overall 2

This sandwich was terrible.  Sorry to Chris and Isabelle for my critique during their meal.  It made me sad.  I even grabbed their sandwich at one point and dipped it in the failed oil-jus at some point myself to see if I could get the bread to soak up the dark part of the jus and nope.  Chris, Isabelle and Jessica thought I was weird for handling the Auty's food but I've got a really important job I'm doing here for me readers!  Sorry, Auty's!!!  Get a fat separator and a real recipe for jus, Jefferson Park Golf!!!

Scott's Bar & Grill French Dip Review, Edmonds, WA

Was at Scott's Bar & Grill for lunch with my team at work.  They had a lunch special that included the French dip so I got it, as did two other managers in my group: Aaron and Ryan.  They knew I was into my French dip hobby.  I was excited to get it with French onion soup.  Scott's is known for their French Onion Soup.


Good size with lots of beef for their French dip.  I started with the French onion soup, which was really good.


French onion soup goodness.

Tasting Notes

Sandwich alone gets a 4 of 5
Overall 3 since the jus wasn't great
Onions didn't add a ton: 3
Cheese was only a 3 but it was smoked gouda which is one of my favorites but didn't notice it much
Bread was only a 3.  Kind of lackluster.
Fancy but not great
Ok

Bread 3
Meat 3
Jus 3
Non-Meat Toppings 4 because smoked gouda
Overall 3 just not that great all up

Not the best French Dip around but the French onion soup was really good.  Try something else.

Peso's Kitchen French Dip Review (Cheese Steak with Pasilla Jus), Seattle, WA

I'd had this unique French dip on my list for some time.  I've been to Peso's many times and have had some really great food and experiences there.  Lower Queen Anne is a fun neighborhood and Peso's helps with that.

Cool windows and ambiance, generally.

Nice bar with a few people who seemed like regulars.  The bartender was cool, too.


It's called Peso's Cheese Steak with Pasilla Jus and it is incredibly good.  Caramelized local sweet onion, mama lil's peppers and queso fresco.

Dan Patrick was on TV.

Cool bar, like I said.

I enjoyed a Dry Hard Cider while waiting.  Was good.  Not sure why I was in that particular mood but sometimes it strikes me.

Here it is.  Lovely.  Served with fries and on a bed of salad.  They don't even cut the sandwich they have so much confidence in its quality.

Great, charred bread.

Real good fries with some dope dipping stuff.


The onions look very appealing.


Onions plus the queso fresco are a delight.  And you can see the spicy peppers as well.

Fries went in here well.

Caramelized, lovely onions.  I was really impressed and drooling just looking at and smelling this thing.  Good size, too.  Very big.


Super nice, fresh salad. 

Real beefy, flavorful and big.

Great.

Looks great dipped.





Tasting Notes

5 all around
Pretty perfect
Nice size
Queso helped
Really delicious
Was asked for doneness, which I love - I went with Med rare and got it
Jus amazing chunky and 5 but was in small container
Sandwich for great flavor some spicy great bread five chewy beef
Easy five
Salty jus
Very rich and savoy, spicy jus

Bread 5
Meat 5
Non-Meat Toppings 5
Jus 5
Overall 5

Loved this sandwich and now love Peso's even more.  Unique and delightful French dip platform sandwich.