Monday, November 1, 2021

The Old Edison French Dip Review, Edison, WA

My new view.  Nov 1 morning.  Cool, moon, lovely.

View of a Great Blue Heron from my telescope.

So it was dinnertime and I was Old Father Hubbard and had nothing.  Out I went.

Seemed like I needed to know.

My seat.  The clientele were a bit seedy.  I wasn't all that impressed or having too much fun.  I was trying to watch the KC Chiefes playing Joe Judge's NY Giants on Monday Night Football.

My water.  Service was slow.  The bartender was also the waitress...running ragged.

Here it is.  Doesn't look too bad.

Bread looks okay.  Meltedness and all that looks good.

Swiss and caramelized onions.  Seems like it's going to be good right.  M, not really great.

"Smooth" bleu cheese dressing a bit of a bummer.  Didn't stand out.

Salad looked pretty good generally.

Jus looks light in color but does have floating bits so I assumed it'd be good.  It was fairly "oily" which was good.  4 of 5.

Sandwich looks good but doesn't taste all that great standalone.  2 of 5.

Money shot is not looking real great.  Jus too light in color.  The jus did "save" the sandwich though and brought the flavor up to a 4 of 5.  Quite good. Oniony.

Also seen: the picture of this lady at the bar.  Risque!

Oh and she's hanging on the wall in the men's room as well.  Risqueeeee!! 

My "new" review system.  I continue to perfect and explore. It's fun.

Here's the side salad review.



  • French dip
    • 3 #score
    • Good but only passable. #comment
    • Sandwich alone
      • 2 #score
    • Size
      • 3 #score
    • Bread
      • 3 #score
      • Soft
      • Not notable
    • With jus
      • 4 #score
    • Jus
      • 4 #score
      • Oiliness
      • Darkness
      • Flavor
        • Nice
        • Oniony
      • Temp
    • Meat
      • 2 #score
      • Meh #comment
      • Prime rib
        • Not fresh
        • Overdone
        • Pan fried
    • Caramelized Onions
      • 3 #score
    • Cheese
      • 3 #score
  • Side salad
    • 3 #score
    • Freshness
      • 3 #score
    • Purple stuff
      • Cabbage
      • Onion
        • Too much
    • Dressing
      • Not notable. #comment
      • 3 #score
    • Diced tomatoes

The Farmhouse Inn French Dip Review, Mount Vernon, WA


So I made green beans earlier this day.  Roasted.  Were great.

The result.  Yum!

This is the "pie display" at The Farmhouse Inn.  Seems like the Farmhouse has been there my whole life.  It's a classic.  I wasn't expecting much but had to do my "research".

This is a view 7 miles north from The Farmhouse.

The money shot.  Looks good.  Great beef flavor and the texture of the bread was wonderful.  Like "bao".

Side of creamy horseradish.

Dark jus!  Yum!!!!

Nice looking sandiwch.  Skewers.  Cut partially on bias.

Looks good. You see the richness of the jus.

Meat may look a bit dry but not bad.

One orange, one blue skewer.

Side salad was quite good.

Really enjoyed it.  Fresh and cold.  Good chunky bleu cheese dressing, crunchy croutons.

My seat at the bar.

The Prime Rib Dip.  Nice!



  • Salad
    • Quickly served #comment
    • Dryness
    • Dressing
      • Bleu Cheese Dressing
        • Bleu chunks
        • Texture
          • Creaminess
      • Small plastic cup
    • Greens
      • Temperature
      • Fancy lettuce
      • Basic lettuce
      • A little red cabbage
      • A tiny amount of shredded carrot
    • Cucumber
    • Red onion
      • Quantity
      • Flavor
      • Crunchiness
      • Slicing
    • Croutons
      • Crunchiness
      • Saltiness
    • Plate
      • Clear Glass
  • Prime Rib Dip
    • 4 Pickle chips
      • Delicious #comment
    • Horseradish sauce
    • Sandwich
      • Skewers
        • Orange and blue
      • Size
        • Good enough
    • Bread
      • Doughiness
        • Like bao #comment
    • Meat
      • Quantity
      • Texture
      • Fat content
    • Jus
      • Saltiness
      • Richness

The Corner Pub French Dip Review, Bow, WA


Well organized.  Lots of outdoor seating and roomy inside as well.  Doesn't have pool tables like Longhorn Saloon but that's okay.

Clean place.

Good beer selection. I like their staff as well.  Love the vibe here.

And this is the salad when you "unfold" it.

Money shot looking great with cheese and onion goodness.

Good bread.  Salad seemed fancy.  Beef was great.

Doesn't that look good? :)

Again, real pretty salad.

Jus looks good.  Maybe a little low on volume but good.

Brisket looks great.  Bread looks great.

Looks lovely.  What a pretty salad.  Brisket!  Nice to have fancy greens and grape tomatoes.

Was going to a movie this night.  I liked Free Guy.

The Corner Pub.  Out in the middle of nowhere.  Great treat.  Love it here.

So nice.  Low tide. Lots of birds and herons.

Another "inverse" review.  This is my new view.  Really nice!

I kind of goofed and didn't have great notes when I had this FD the first time.  So I went back:

Love this place. Such a good local spot. Friendly service. Clean. Great food. Well lit. Looks good from the outside. Good ambience and good music from the 80s for the most part. Fun location out in the middle of nowhere in Skagit Valley.

Place was super empty tonight. I actually thought it was closed but I was there about 45 minutes before close. I was literally the only one in the place on a Thursday night. The bartender was friendly and we got to chatting eventually. We were the same age and got to chat about New Jersey, Jewish people, kids, parenting, relationships and a few other topics.

I had a long and weird day at work and waited too long to eat dinner. I had an Old Mother Hubbard type of experience with my refrigerator this evening and realized I better go out and grab something decent to eat. I was going to go to the Longhorn but on my way there it dawned on me that the Corner Pub is way better. And more fun, too. So I made a right turn and found myself at the right spot. I was a bit spooked when I rolled up because it looked so empty but was delighted to see it actually open.

14565 Allen West Rd, Bow, WA 98232

French dip
2 dill pickle slices
This was really great. It's a delicious sandwich. The chef serves it with mayonnaise on board which I actually did enjoy. The man is did not overpower or ruin it. A bread was buttered and delicious and absorbent. The shoe was rich and delicious. The brisket is delicious and nice textured.
Absorbent. Buttered.
Their brisket is really good. They make a lot of it and they put plenty on the sandwich. It's delicious and beefy and has that risk and texture one might enjoy.
Non meat toppings
The brisket bread and as you are definitely be the star of the show. Mayonnaise and caramelized onions are added here but to me they did not stand out or mean much to me.
Rich. Hot. Dark. Enough.
Side salad
3 cucumber slices
They have a delicious side salad. They're greens are impeccable. So much volume to their greens. They're blue cheese dressing is nice but perhaps not notable. But the greens themselves with other vegetables like cucumber slices and carrots are delicious and full of pillowy volume.
1 mason jar style glass
I just drink ice water tonight.