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Porterhouse #1 - Original Joe's

Pssst | Mar 5, 200501:45 PM     3

I asked a while back about good places for a porterhouse, that being reward I designated for my approaching 15# weight loss milestone.

We narrowed it down to either Cole's or Harris'. Then we decided we really should check out OJ's since its in the "affordable" rather than "splurge" price range. With the caveat that if OJs wasn't up to snuff, I could still have a splurge later, we went to OJ last Tuesday.

Bottom line, good but not great. I'd go back for other steaks but I wouldn't order the porterhouse again.

I arrived at OJ's before Michael so I went to the bar and had a vodka martini. Yumm. I like the bar, the bartender who looks like he's worked there for 30 years and the other patrons who knew each other. Michael arrived and also had a drink then we got a table.

I ordered the porterhouse with steak fries ($27). Michael had the veal scallopini (sp?) with ravioli ($18). We ordered a bottle of an Alexander Valley Merlot - Pelligrini? I think. ($36)

OJ's has a mesquite grill and does their own butchering & aging so I had I high hopes. I ordered the steak - "I'd like a nice char on the outside but nice and pink/rare on the inside".

When it arrived, the steak had a pretty decent char but the inside varied substantially in spots from almost medium on the edges to very rare by the bone which seemed weird to me but maybe I've just been lucky in the past and had True Grilling Masters cooking me Perfect Steaks. Also, it seemed thinner than most other porterhouses I've had in the past. The fries were technically cooked to done, but as soon as I saw them, I regretted not specifying "well done" 'cause they seemed pale and listless to me. I pretty much just used them as vehicles for the sauce on Michael's plate.

Michael's veal was good but here's what I don't understand - he thinks his mother's veal scallopini is the best, so why does he order it in restaurants? Its a recipe for dissapointment. The ravioli was fine, nice and plump, not mushy with decent sauce.

Most every other time we're gone to OJ's, we've ordered the hamburger which is awesome or breakfast. In the future, I would definitely order other steaks (not bone-in). And I noticed that on Thursday and Friday, they have Corned Beef Hash -- I'm definitely going to check that out soon.

FYI - I'm going to be up in the North Bay on business at the end of next week so we're going to Cole's for dinner and hopefully then I'll get my Ultimate Porterhouse.

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