I just want to report that we went to Strip House on Sunday evening for my birthday, and I have to say it was -- hands down -- the BEST steak I have ever eaten!
Decided to order wine by the glass, as it was Sunday and we had to work the next day. We each had the Zinfandel, and then my husband tried the Pinot Noir. (A bottle would have been a better deal if we had drank any more)
We dispensed with appetizers, as we did not want to spoil our appetites, though we did end up eating the entire assorted bread basket -- we had been saving up all day and we sat down really hungry! Excellent assortment: brioche, olive stick, sourdough, those crispy crackers with "everything" on them, several more that I cannot remember.
We had the Porterhouse for Two (a special) - came out perfectly on the rare side of medium-rare, and was carved by the waiter for us, accompanied by some roasted carrots and fennel, a leek wrapped in bacon, and an entire head of roasted garlic (for which I wished we had saved some bread!) They also plated the bone for us upon request, as I did not want to miss one bit of this experience!
Both types of meat just melted away in your mouth, and the outside had a pleasantly salty, crisp char on it. It did not even need the nice, raisiny steak sauce they served.
For sides, we followed the previous recs from this board and had the Goose fat potatoes - basically a "bowl" of layered potatos, immersed in goosefat and fried to crispy perfection. Served with blanched garlic slices on top (strong!). Very tasty. Also had the Sauteed Collards and Kale, since lactose intolerance makes the creamed spinach a bad idea for me (though I love it!)! It was a nice accompaniment to the otherwise rich dishes, and made me feel like I was eating SOMETHING healthy! Plus, I like vegtables!
We wanted to try the Crepe Souflee for dessert, but did not want to wait 20 min, so we split the Carmelized Banana Tart instead. It was very good, and I especially liked the hard carmelized sugar topping - (a la Creme Broulee which I dont eat anymore either - due to the L-I!)
We opted to take home the bone and a few slices of leftover steak that I just could not finish, so I could gnaw it in private for lunch the next day! (It's bad form to "go primitive" in a public restaurant!)
Well, that is my report...I would highly recommended Strip House!