We decided to grab a quick bite at the local (Irvine) Houstons for lunch. Arrived promptly at 11:00 AM to avoid the lunch crowd. We decided to split two diffrent entrees for a greater variety experience. I started with a chicken tortilla soup that had a slight curry overtone with plenty of tasty well balanced items. chicken, avocado, tortilla strips. every item in this soup tasted oh so fresh and complimented each other perfectly. Next came the prime rib sandwich. It was served on a slightly toasted french roll with au jus for dipping and colcannon potatos. The prime rib was shaved very thin, thus it was like butt-ah and melted in your mouth. Perfect au jus which I spooned onto the sandwich brought out the full beefy flavor of the rib. This my friends, is the undisputed champion of french dip sandwiches. Colcannon potatos are a blend of boiled potatos, cabbage, parsley and butter and were a nice addition. Now onto the baby back ribs. These were so tender that they lacked any "chew". Also missing was the deep rich smokey flavor that I crave in a dish of this type. Russkar tells me that his baby backs smoke these (no pun intended) and knowing russkar, I'm inclined to believe him. The ribs were served with roasted root vegetables, also unremarkable. Dessert came in the form of an apple cobbler with a rich caramel sauce with walnuts and a subtle hint of cinnamon. It was topped with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream that was as creamy as any i've ever had and tasted homemade, nice.