Friday, January 8, 2010

Monterey Coast Brewing

It is not really a great sign when you are greeted by the hostess chewing gum, like a cow chews cud.

Their Irish Stout is a good Guinness substitute. Creamy and full bodied, it has a good head but did not give the great table side show of the "falling bubbles."

Being from the Central Coast, I'd like to think I know a little bit about fried artichoke hearts. I just wish their chef felt the same way. Their fried artichoke hearts lacked flavor but there was a generous portion. The use of wilted, bruised lettuce for garnish was a bit off. Even dipping sauce lacked flavor. It was a bit runny too, as if they thinned it with milk or water.

The NY Strip was cooked right, medium-rare, the way a good steak should be cooked. The flavor was good, but could have done without the blue cheese topping. Do not get me wrong, I love blue cheese but it just did not seem like a good match for this meal. It appeared they use stock for the mashed potatoes instead of cream or butter, interesting choice. Both the mashed potatoes and the spinach had plenty of garlic. The spinach was a bit watery though, the steak and potatoes sat in a pool of water.

I'm a dessert lover and when I saw they offered Mud Pic, I was all over it. When it arrived, it was covered in 2-3 cups of fake whipped cream, powdered sugar, 4 Maraschino Cherries and sat in a pool of canned chocolate sauce. Needless to say I was disappointed. It would have been nice to have just the Mud Pie, without all the accompaniments.

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