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Revisiting Tri Tip

November 9, 2010

I’d only tried Tri Tip once, and my criticism of it (inasmuch as I had one) was that their bun was awfully big. I understand it is designed to be, to sop up their dipping sauce. However, if you’re on a diet and are concerned about the devil white flour, it gives you pause. Here’s a reminder:

To quote the famous Wendy's commercial: it's a very big bun.

I noticed, though, that they had salads with generous portions of meat in them as well. I admit, with their thick creamy sauces the salads didn’t look precisely healthy, but they are an interesting alternative to the bread bomb.

Hence, the decision to return and try one of their salads out. I selected the “Caesar Pleaser,” which is what you’d expect: a caesar salad, with (of course) 8 ounces of sirloin tri tip.

Looks like a pretty big portion, no?

As you can see, it’s plenty of food. Let’s unbox.

Not bad...

 That’s actually two substantial pieces of steak sitting on top of each other on the left. The caesar salad dressing is already on top the lettuce, along with shaved parmesan cheese. Having just returned from Italy, I can assure  you it’s not the real bonafide stuff, but what do you expect? Either way, I was glad to see it. That’s a big honking bit of bread served with the dish as well. In the black container is the dipping sauce for the meat. Speaking of the meat, how about a closer look?

Pretty sexy, no?

As you can see, it’s well marbled, and well prepared. A bit juicy, though truthfully I was glad to have the dipping sauce, which adds a salt.

As for the salad itself, it the dressing was more on the acid side, instead of the rich and sweet side. There’s a hint of lemon. All in all, though, it is not a particularly impressive caesar. Glad to see the parmesan. By the time I got to eat the meat, it was room temperature (a longish walk back the office). In addition to the salt, the sauce added an umber note to the meat.
All in all, a very filling lunch, for $10.99.

Tri Tip Grill

Rockefeller Center, Concourse Level
New York, NY 10112
(212) 664-1003
www.tritipgrill.com
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