The waiter (Rusty) was a gem! He brought us a sample of the liver pâté. It was not my favorite, but it was really nice to be offered a small sample while you wait for your meal.
Since I didn't do the Portland Dining Month I did not get a salad, but that's okay for this carnivore. I really just wanted some meat! I hate to admit it, but usually when I want a steak I go to the Outback Steak House and order Prime Rib. I haven't had much luck finding other places where I can get a generous portion of steak without breaking the bank. Well, now I have a new go-to for steak. Red Star Tavern's Dry Aged Ribeye ($32) is the best steak I have had in Portland! It was cooked to a perfect medium rare and was accompanied by leek jam, blue cheese, house-made Worcestershire and roasted fingerlings.
I would cut a bit of steak then add a dab of the leek jam and the blue cheese. It was a brilliant combination. Then I would take a few bites of just the steak to even out my palate. The potatoes were a good taste bud cleanser between bites so I could enjoy each new slice of steak. I was embarrassed because every couple of bites I told my co-bloggers, "This is sooo good!" Remember, one of them is a vegetarian!