RESTAURANT REVIEW – Frick & Frack, two ol’ cowpokes – or ol’ forks as we’ll call them – love a good meal and are always on the lookout for a new place to hang their Stetsons. Frick is a meat and potatoes kind of guy, whereas Frack is a real lover of fine dining. So they don’t always agree on their dining experience. That said, they probably share four out of five meals a week, mainly lunch, and if they’re lucky their wives join them, most often for dinner.
Recently, Frick & Frack, and Frack’s lovely wife, sought out a new restaurant that just opened on Bluff Street in St. George: Porterhouse Steak and Seafood Restaurant, formerly “Orchid.”
They were all pleasantly surprised by the total remodel of the interior. It has a nice, new, clean feel to the décor, and was very inviting.
The large menu highlighted beef and fish as you would expect. The starters were extensive, starting with the obligatory shrimp cocktail and flowing through to grilled vegetable crudités. Prices for starters varied from $6 to $12.
Pasta, salads and burgers were also well represented. The pasta entrees came with a mixed green salad and fresh baked bread.
Aged Angus steaks filled an entire page of the menu, from a 14 oz. New York Strip to a massive 22 oz. Porterhouse. Again, all entrees came with salad and rolls. The restaurant offers a broad assortment of accompaniments and specialty sauces at a reasonable price.
Seafood entrees certainly were not an afterthought. Scottish salmon, char and escolar were featured along with lobster tail at market price. Surf and turf was also featured.
The pleasant waitress came and took their orders, bringing a heaping basket of hot rolls.
Passing on starters, Frack ordered a $19.99 rib-eye, and Mrs. Frack ordered salmon with mushroom topping for $17.99. Frack said that they waited a bit long for the main course, but everyone enjoyed the salad with house dressing. To Frack, the rib-eye was hard to cut and too veined. Mrs. Frack said the salmon was a bit too salty and the topping was mediocre.
Frick, having had a late lunch, was not too hungry. He spotted the blackened lamb chops, served with pineapple and very light red pepper chutney, on the starter menu and asked how many chops were offered. Surprisingly, at $8.99, he was told six; so that was what he ordered, served with au gratin potatoes and vegetables. The small but plentiful chops were a unique blend of sweet and hot. The potatoes were served in their own baking container and, not only were they succulent, they stayed hot for the entire meal. Frick was pleased with the complete dinner, from the food presentation to the hardy and tasty servings.
So, you see, even the best of friends can disagree on most anything, especially food. Both Frick and Frack acknowledge that every new restaurant deserves a bit of time to settle in. Frack will probably not be returning, but Frick will gladly bring Mrs. Frick the next time they are looking for a slightly pricey place for a good meal.
Everyone should make up their own mind; but from Frick & Frack, we have:
Two forks out of four.
Porterhouse Steak and Seafood Restaurant is located at 850 S. Bluff St., St. George, Utah 84770. Telephone: 435-656-1889