Chama Grill: Massachusetts

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Located in North Andover, Massachusetts, Chama Grill is a fantastic Brazilian restaurant with a great premise; you give us thirty dollars, and we will give you perfectly prepare all you can eat meat served on swords…oh, and there is all you can eat side dishes as well. You interested? You should be.

Meat One: Filet Mignon Wrapped in Bacon 

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Cooked to perfection, the filet itself is tender and juicy, and carries with it the sweetness that only properly seasoned steak can obtain; the bacon adds a texture change and saltiness to the dish. Cut into nice, small sizes, you could eat a crap ton of these.If this was the only dish they served, I would have been thrilled, but wait, there’s more!

Meat Two: Rib Eye

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Such a great piece of meat, this rib eye is rich, flavorful and very tender, as well as extremely easy to both cut and chew. I can only imagine what a full sized one would be like to eat.

Meat Three: Garlic Steak

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Easily in the top three meats of the night, this Garlic Steak was another masterful piece of culinary art. Sweet, tender and very juicy this steak has a very nice addition in the garlic flavor on it and is seasoned to perfection.

Meat Four: Lamb

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What I love so much about this Lamb was not only how well it was made, but by definition it provided a welcome flavor shock after eating the rest of the read meat. Thick and sweet, the lamb is juicy and stood unique to everything else because it comes from a different animal so it has different texture and natural flavor.

Meat Five: Pork Sausage 

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By far the smallest meat, it was by no means the least. Another welcome flavor change, the sausage is a very good dish, with a nice two-bite size portion; thick, with a nice crispy skin, flavorful meat and a nice salty exterior.

Final Meat: House Steak

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Admittedly my least favorite of the meats served, the House Steak was still quite good; tender and fatty, it is still enjoyable to eat, but pales when compared to some of the other steaks previously mentioned.

All in all this was a fantastic experience that i feel everyone should seek out. Believe me, you will not be sorry, and you will indeed eat more than thirty dollars worth of meat, making this an unbelievable deal.

Restaurant Week: Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse

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For my first foray into Restaurant Week, I decided to visit an establishment that I have been waiting to return to for over 10 years – Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse in Tarrytown NY.

Normally Ruth’s Chris is wildly expensive, a one person dinner there can easily cost you more than $100, but as part of restaurant week, you can get a delicious three course meal (with side dish) for around $30. So lets go dish by dish of the meal I selected.

Appetizer: Roasted Tomato Soup

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The soup was very interesting, and quite good; it was thicker than I expected it to be, and actually had the smell of a tomato sauce. It was also more acidic than creamy, and had a pretty decent spice to it that coats the back of your throat with a nice heat. Definitely a good take on a classic soup.

Entree: 8 oz Filet Mignon

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Served on a sizzling 500 degree plate, this steak is easily one of the best you can ever get. The plate was so hot, that my Dad’s steak had to be taken back briefly because the napkin on the the tray had fused to the bottom of his plate!

This cut of meat was cooked as every Filet Mignon should be – rare – and to say that it cut like butter would be both cliche and not doing justice to how easy it was to slice through the meat; it is everything you want when you attempt to cut a steak.

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The meat itself was seasoned very well, and was extraordinarily tender and very juicy; it is fair to say that this steak will almost literally melt in your mouth – and you will not be sorry you ordered it. Now technically under this Restaurant Week deal, you could order a Chicken or Salmon instead, but lets be honest, are you really going to not order a steak at a high quality steak house?

Side Dish: Garlic Mashed Potatoes

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There isn’t much to say about these potatoes, they were not ground breaking in any way, but they were smooth, creamy, and very tasty for sure.

Dessert: Bread Pudding in Whiskey Sauce

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I’ve admittedly never had bread pudding before this week, but as far as I can tell, this bread pudding was really good. It was thick, yet soft, and had some nice sweet raisins inside of it, and was garnished with a fresh, strong piece of mint on top – but the real star here was the Whiskey Sauce. This sauce was sweet, smooth and creamy, and had almost a butterscotch-like flavor, similar, but not exact.

Verdict:

For a low price of only $30, there is literally no reason for you not to go to Ruth’s Chris for this three course, Filet Mignon featured meal. You have until March 20th to do so; so please don’t let this opportunity slip away, because a year is a long time to wait for a deal like this to come around again.

 

 

 

 

 

O’Malley’s: Filet Mignon

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A delicious, 8 oz Filet Mignon Au Poivre for under $30? Steak lovers, stop what you are doing and say it with me: Ohhhhhhhhhhh Yeeeeeeeeeeeah!

Nestled in the heart of Nyack is O’Malley’s Bar and Restaurant; arguably the best watering hole in town. But not only is O’Malley’s a good looking bar with an authentic Irish feel (the bartenders have some of the best accents in the world), they also cook a mean steak. Admittedly this post covers one of the higher priced meals I will be reviewing, but fortunately even this masterpiece of meat is easily affordable.

When I sat down to my first real meal at O’Malley’s (I had previously ordered a burger to go), I was met with a plethora of choices to appease my appetite; but seeing that this was a special occasion (my friend was down from New Hampshire), there was only one logical choice; a rare Filet Mignon:

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Look at that beautiful cut of meat cooked to rare perfection! If we are being completely honest, no matter how you like your steak cooked on a normal basis, when ordering Filet Mignon, rare is the only way to go; and the chef at O’Malley’s does not fool around with their craft.

The steak had with it a couple of very good side dishes (most memorable were the fluffy, melt in your mouth mashed potatoes), but the steak was the true sensation; and I’m afraid that my feeble writings can never do it justice. But huzzah for trying! Slicing open the steak showed a beautiful red that most chefs wish they could achieve, and that was only one aspect of it.

Speaking of slicing, my knife cut through the meat as if it were butter (really, another food analogy?). It was tender, juicy, and paired with a sauce crafted in a way that only enhanced the flavor of the meat and its accompanying sides.

But one of the best things about this meal (besides the obviously amazing flavor) was the price. A steak of this quality could easily be sold anywhere between $30 and $40; but at O’Malley’s, you will receive a high quality, beautiful looking, superb tasting Filet Mignon for only $22. So if you want a fantastic steak dinner at an affordable price, take a trip over to Nyack and enjoy a great town, a great bar, and a truly great steak.

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