Sunday, March 16, 2014

Red Star Tavern Take Three

As mentioned before, we won a gift certificate for the Portland Dining Month at Red Star Tavern. This certificate covered two of the meals, so I, being the third blogger of the bunch, decided to veer off the track and try something on the regular menu. Look at that beautiful grilled, juicy, thick ribeye! I've literally dreamed about eating it again.

We started with a drink, and I had the Tempero de Brasil ($9), which was a mix of leblon cachaca, house infused jalapeno vodka, lemon and serrano syrup.

I've been really into sweet and spicy drinks lately. I think I have stronger palate for spice than most. The drink was not too spicy, and I wanted a little more, so I added the fresh jalapeno into the drink; that created  the perfect mixture of sweetness and spice.

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!

I can't wait to go back to Red Star Tavern. I will order the ribeye again, and maybe I'll add a salad this time.

Food: Exceeds
Drinks: Meets
Service: Exceeds
Ambiance: Meets
Value: Meets


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