The Chop HouseAugust 29, 2011 by: Alex
So, we decided to have a nice steak this weekend. We haven’t been to the Chop House in years. So, we grabbed the kids and headed to the Chop House. Location is on Richmond Road, next to Shamrocks – where we probably should have gone…
The menu looked great. I could have ordered just about anything from the menu. They had a 12Oz Prime Sirloin special, so I opt for that with burgandy mushrooms, rice pilaf and the “Chop Salad”. I order my steaks medium, I can go a little on the rarer side too, just depends on the cut. The kids ordered a cheese pizza and my wife orders the filet and a loaded baked potato.
They give you fresh baked wheat bread with honey butter. The bread was a little heavy, not the light fluffy kind I’m used to. The bread was pretty good though.
The kids pizza was not the right size for my kids – it was an 8″ pizza. They loaded up on bread though. Not too bad.
My steak looked a little funny, it bulged in the middle. Not really a prime cut. The edges were well done, and the steak had no flavor. The bulgy portion was done medium as promised. Still not a lot of taste.
I HATE to use A1 on a steak. This one needed it. On the other hand, the rice pilaf was excellent. Light and fluffy. The salad was really good too. Their signature salad comprised of finely chopped romaine and iceberg lettuce. I think the iceberg was from a bag mix, I noticed the red cabbage and carrot slivers in there. It was mixed with blue cheese crumbles, diced red onion, diced tomatoes and diced bacon. All mixed in a balsamic vinegarette. My salad was a little heavy on the balsamic, but it was good.
- Dinner: B-
- Staffing: A – Zack was decent, checked on us at the right times, got the meal rolling.
- Overall looks – B. Place was dark, blinds were half closed on a gorgeous day.
- Value for the money: C. Knowing the costs of everything at stores and having cooked all of this stuff before – over priced.
When I grade the “value for the money”, I look for originality of the dish, flavor and taste. Carabba’s Chicken Parmesean at $16 used to be my favorite until I found a local restaurant that had it for $10. The 10$ one had a ton more flavor, and they don’t burn the crap out of the chicken like Carabbas.