Last year, Jennifer introduced me to Martin’s West Gastropub and ever since Sam and I stepped foot in, I’ve been a huge fan. Combine that with the restaurant participating in the restaurant.com coupons, make me an even bigger fan. They are the restaurant that got me completely hooked on pork chops. Growing up, the only pork chops I knew were the overly cooked dry pan fried pork chops a la the local Chinese restaurant. Since my thick cut pork chop, that was slightly pink in the center, salty with a lovely crust on the outside, I’ve been consistently thinking about Martin’s West.
Sam and I went back out to Redwood City for a dinner and movie date. Movie consisted of us watching Rio. Yes. Rio. My movie to watch list includes Kung Fu Panda 2 and Cars 2. I’ve been teased that I have the movie tastes of a 6 year old.
After Rio (which was adorable and cute and for the record, birds can not really move their eyeballs around… the animators did a good job of capuring birdie behavior down to the funny parrot waddle-walk) we went over to Martin’s West for dinner. Sam loves their drinks and alternates between the Moscow Mule and the Pimm’s Cup. He also ordered the organic burger:
With a side of mac and cheese, served in a lovely mini wannabe Le Creuset:
They weren’t offering pork chops, so I was swayed by the server’s description of the daily special: dry aged rib eye. *DROOL*
Unfortunately, my steak was overcooked. And to make matters worse, they claimed it was the last steak in the restaurant so they couldn’t fire up a second one. I sadly ate my overcooked steak. Very sad.
The one redeeming aspect of the restaurant was that the owner reached out to me after I updated my Yelp review of this sad sad encounter and she asked me to come back in to try out dinner again. I used to really really love Martin’s… but alas… even the best will occasionally disappoint.