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Tam O'Shanter Ale and Sandwich Bar

NinoHB714 Nov 10, 2006 05:53 PM

What's the protocol for eating at the Ale and Sandwich bar at Tam O'Shanter? Do you sit down and someone takes your order or do you order your sandwich at the cutting station? Can you order off the regular menu?

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    Hackenbush RE: NinoHB714 Nov 10, 2006 06:14 PM

    It seems to work every possible way. You can sit and someone will take your order. Sometimes, it's the carver. Or you can order directly from him, fast food style. If you want something from the regular menu, just ask him or a server and they'll get it for you. It's very informal. It's also very good.

    1. Chowpatty RE: NinoHB714 Nov 10, 2006 06:23 PM

      When is the sandwich bar open? Is it only on weekday lunches?

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        NinoHB714 RE: Chowpatty Nov 10, 2006 06:32 PM

        According to their website:
        Sun - Fri: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
        Saturday: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

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          Chowpatty RE: NinoHB714 Nov 10, 2006 06:51 PM

          OK, cool, so you can get it for dinner on a Friday. It's always closed when I go but maybe I usually go on Saturdays.

      2. DanaB RE: NinoHB714 Nov 10, 2006 07:29 PM

        If you are not in the mood for a sandwhich from the carver, they also do a pretty decent burger at the 'Tam.

        1. monku RE: NinoHB714 Nov 10, 2006 09:39 PM

          Avoid the ribs. They boil them then slather some BBQ sauce on them...huge abomination for such an established restaurant.

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            Itslikeimsayin RE: NinoHB714 Nov 11, 2006 04:11 AM

            What kind of sandwiches are we talking here? Of course prime rib (I assume) but anything else? Prices? Thanks.

            1. monku RE: NinoHB714 Nov 11, 2006 05:05 AM

              Hand carved sandwiches include prime rib, beef brisket, pastrami, corned beef, turkey or ham. All sandwiches include (all you can eat) their signature peanut slaw, potato salad, pickles and beets. Sandwiches are $8.95 and the prime rib sandwich is $9.95. They also have their Chef Ivan chili. They also have a separate bar menu which is has dishes from their normal menu and naturally if you or someone in your party want to order off their regular menu you may do so.

              The sandwich bar at the Tam O'Shanter is the prototype for the Lawry's Carvery at South Coast Plaza


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                NinoHB714 RE: monku Nov 11, 2006 01:12 PM

                Went yesterday for lunch and ordered at the carving station. Prime rib sandwich is $12 and the rest are $10. Prime rib platter, which I had with creamed spinach, is $18 and the rest are $15. Platters with 2 choices of meat are $17. Bag of chips are $1.

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                  DanaB RE: NinoHB714 Nov 11, 2006 01:20 PM

                  That's all well and good, but you left out the most important detail: was it tasty? ;-)

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                    monku RE: NinoHB714 Nov 11, 2006 01:38 PM

                    Its been a several months since I've been, thanks for the update on the prices. I remember when the sandwiches were $6.95.
                    Sandwiches are good because the meat is good. Still a pretty good deal at those prices.

                2. timsmom RE: NinoHB714 Nov 12, 2006 03:36 PM

                  If you like your prime rib medium-rare, get there by 7. The cream horseradish is hard to beat. Pork is my alternative if I am not in a prime rib mood.

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