Best Little Roadhouse
When N and I spotted Best Little Roadhouse's nomination for "the best undiscovered restaurant" in the SJ's yearly 'best of poll', we nearly fell on the floor laughing. Seriously?? It's a joke, right? Anyone who has driven in the vicinity of the BLR during the dinner hour on any day of the week, knows that the parking lot is always full and overflowing onto neighboring streets and lots. Which can be a deterrent when you're feeling extra hungry. However, we decided to brave the wait on date night. It was time to give them another go round.
We were fortunate enough to pull into the parking lot when another patron was leaving. Wow! A front row parking spot! Imagine our surprise when we told the hostess there would be two of us and she said, "right this way". Perhaps it's a case of 50% of the diners arriving in separate vehicles to meet up with friends?
Our friendly waiter was prompt with both the taking and delivering of our drinks while we studied the menu. I've never been to either Reno or Las Vegas, but the noise level in BLR is what I imagine a person might find in a busy casino--with the exclusion of the wailing babies. I was glad the two of us had decided to sit on the same side of the booth. Otherwise, with my poor hearing, we wouldn't have been able to have a conversation.
We both ordered medium rare red meat for dinner. N went with a sirloin steak, roasted garlic mashers and a house dinner salad with the bacon but minus the cheese. I couldn't resist an 8 oz. portion of their prime rib, sautéed seasoned vegetables and a house dinner salad minus both the cheese and bacon. I was so glad that our waiter asked us if we wanted the cheese and bacon on our salads. The first time we dined at BLR those automatic additions were a big turn-off for me. Whether it was a sign of progress or good service, it made me a happy customer who was willing to overlook the dressing being served on the salad instead of on the side.
I don't know about you, but it seems to get more and more difficult to find tender, succulent, flavorful, slow roasted prime rib--unless, of course, you make it yourself. I'm pleased to say that Best Little Roadhouse's prime rib is now the closest to the best I've ever had. Yes, there was a pool of melted butter in the small dish my sautéed vegetables were served in, but they were seasoned and cooked just right. N said that his steak was also tender and full of flavor. I'm guessing those garlic mashers were pretty good, since I wasn't offered a taste. :)
If you have a craving for a tasty steak dinner, don't be frightened off by the full parking lot. Take a chance and then come back to tell us what you think.
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1145 Commercial Street S.E.
Salem, OR 97302