Hello everyone... longtime chowhound... found this site about a year ago so lots of reading, but I don't usually post.
I just have to thank the culinary gods of simplicity for the House of Prime Rib on Van Ness in SF.
I was away in southern California for three years living in (gasp) Orange County... and even with visits to the "meca" Lawry's up in Beverly Hills, they have nothing on HOPR in SF.
It seems that Harris Resteraunt seems to get high reviews here for STEAKS. I haven't yet put them against my favorite of Smith and Wollensky's for a good charred QUALITY piece of meat "cooked only one way... medium rare"... because prime rib is my favorite.
That salad! You could make a meal from just the delicious strands of beets, bits of hard boiled egg, and fresh tears of ice cold lettuce. And this is coming from someone who will NOT eat hard boiled eggs any other time... I tried it once without, won't make that mistake again.
My last visit was on New Year's Eve... and to have dinner for two for under $75 including tax (we're not drinkers) was amazing. The previous year Lawry's only offered "specials" that were $75 a plate, with a disposable camera and some balloons, unless you wanted to add a lobster tail for $25 each.
I find myself resisting friend's suggestions of eating at Black Angus (we won't even go there) locally, because I find myself salivating over the thought of spending $5 more and driving to San Francisco for a delicious English Cut at HOPR with all that delicious whipped horseradish and Yorkshire Pudding!
I love the bay area.
Long live the House of Prime Rib.