Address: 1316 Broadway, Burlingame, CA
Phone Number: (650) 558-8801
Cuisine: Traditional American, Steak
Date Last Visited: October 21, 2008
Dining Partner: Bubuh
Since Bubuh (used to be known as My Sweety K) started living in San Mateo, we have ventured to more places down on the Peninsula. I have lived in Daly City, known as the “Gateway to the Peninsula,” for over 18 years, but I actually know very little about the cities and towns south of Daly City. Yes, I guess you can say I’m a city-girl. I know more about San Francisco than Daly City even. To save money on gas, we decided to change our plans from having dinner in the City along the Waterfront to stay close to home. Since I had always wanted to go to The House of Prime Rib, I chose the next best thing. Broadway Prime. Bubuh made reservations (Holy gasp! He never offers to make reservations, so this was a pleasant surprise…) and we were set once I got off from work.
I LOVE Broadway in Burlingame. The trees were laced with twinkling lights and the weather was perfect. Finding parking was a breeze and it was so romantic talking a walk up and down the street before walking in the door. Broadway Prime has a very old school feel to it. It was cozy and nostalgic. A place where families with different generations can come together and have a good meal. In fact, that is what I saw and it gave me a nice, fuzzy feeling inside.
I liked how everything you can order can all fit on one side of the menu. Ordering is simple.
1. Order your meat - Prime Rib or New York Dry Aged Steak
2. Choose your cut - Peninsula (small), Select (medium), Broadway (large)
3. Choose your sides - you get a choice of two:
Potatoes - traditional mashed, roasted garlic mashed, whole baked
Creamed veggies: spinach or corn
4. Enjoy - each meal includes bread, salad, and English popovers
Bubuh ordered the Select Cut with the Creamed Corn and I ordered the Broadway Cut with the Creamed Spinach. Isn’t that weird? I got the bigger cut while Bubuh got a smaller one. I guess I am more of the steak-lover in this relationship. =)
Their bread is so good. Great crust and a pillow-y soft center. Yeah, you can say we ate 80% of the loaf even before the salad came.
Now this is my first time coming to this type of a restaurant, so I didn’t really know what to expect. When this came out, my first thought was, “I guess looks don’t matter…” I mean, it looks like a mess, like someone just went through a random pantry and threw everything together. It sure does taste better than it looks. When I took a couple bites, I thought told Bubuh that it tasted a lot like egg salad - that’s because there are crumbled pieces of boiled egg mixed in, as well as beets, another ingredient I usually don’t have in salads. I don’t want to say that it’s a Thousand Island dressing even thought it looks a lot like it - but it’s close. All-in-all, a very interesting salad and one you won’t find everywhere.
I was disappointed in this. The consistency was right, but that roasted garlic taste we wanted wasn’t there. I also found it a bit bland, so I ended up salting it and mashing that garlic clove into it, still it was not good enough. Sad.
Humungous potato topped with sour cream, bacon, and chives. *angels singing* There’s nothing else to say about this, but why does the bacon look like it was pulsed in some food processor? It almost looks like ground up chicharrones. I like seeing chunks of bacon in my potato, not bacon powder. Anyway, still a good potato.
You get a choice of either mild or hot horseradish. I got the mild because I wasn’t sure how strong they made their’s. It was too mild and I ended up asking for some of the hot. Now the hot was too hot. For real, my sinuses started to bother me, so I mixed the two and got a perfect combination. The English Popover was horrible. It was flimsy, too egg-y, and had this almost custard-y mouth feel. It felt underdone, like someone set the heat too high and did not let it bake enough. Boo. I didn’t like it at all.
When Bubuh got his plate first, we actually thought that they got our plates mixed-up. Since the piece of meat was so huge, I thought this was the largest cut. But no. This was just the Select Cut and yes, they got our orders right. Bubuh just didn’t expect the bone to come with it. The corn was so good. Sweet, buttery and creamy. Awesome.
Now THIS is the Broadway Cut. It is f’ing huge. The first thing I saw was the pockets of pure fat. Uh yeah, we would have to cut those out and set them to the side. Otherwise, the meat was so tender and so flavorful with the jus that they pour on top right before service. I got mine done to a medium, and you might think that it’s too bloody, but it really isn’t. The meat was a perfect pink and it was just delicious. The creamed spinach was velvety and just plain great.
Of course, I didn’t finish all of my food. I ended up taking I home. So not doing that again. Reheating prime rib in the microwave is stupid and gross. It doesn’t turn out the same. Next time, I’m getting the smallest cut and actually finishing it at the restaurant. I mean, it’s all coming from the same animal right?
Bubuh and I enjoyed ourselves very much. The food was great, the service was so attentive, and the location is so nice, but it’s not one of those restaurants where we would go to again right away. The food is a bit rich to eat many times in a short period. If I did eat here more often, I’d die of a myocardial infarction by the time I turn 30. At about $30 a person, it sounds a bit much, but it comes with a lot of food. Broadway Prime would be great for a family meal because the menu is straight forward and you don’t have to worry about ordering apps and then the entrees and then the sides where the price adds up. It all comes in one nice package here. In fact, there were numerous families dining in on the night we went. So if you do plan to come here, prepare yourselves. Wear stretchy pants and come hungry that’s for sure.