The Best Little Roadhouse
The thought of dining outside at night in Salem Oregon in the fall doesn't seem like such a great idea. But, I didn't hear any complaints from the dozens of costumers eating under the covered patio at The Best Little Roadhouse on Commercial Street South. Gas heaters and a fireplace kept us warm on a chilly night. I ordered Smoked Tri Tip Steak for $14.75 with a ceasar salad and a baked potato. They have a choice between two BBQ sauces, hickory smoked and watermelon barbecue. Figuring it was already adventurous to be eating outside I took a risk and ordered the watermelon barbecue. Although the sauce was good, it didn't make up for the lack of flavor on the tri tip. I tried the steak without the sauce, with the sauce and with a lot of the sauce and found it to be very bland. Tri tip is one of my favorite cuts and very few times in my life was I not satisfied with it. On my gas barbecue at home, I can make a tri tip that is way better than this one. The rest of the meal was really tasty. The large salad was covered in parmesan cheese, baked potato, cooked just right and the bread soft and warm. The servers did a great job getting the order right and getting it quickly. Even during a crowded dinner rush, tables were cleaned quickly and the manager had time to speak with customers at their tables. This is a very popular steakhouse and bar in south Salem, so I'm assuming either I ordered the wrong thing or the atmosphere makes up the difference for most customers. If your interested in one of my my tri tip recipes, send me an email at email@example.com.