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May 22, 2006 05:51 PM

House of Prime Rib?

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Hi all,
I went to House of Prime Rib about 4-5 years ago, I remember I had a bad experience at that time, the beef was chewy and not so good.
I am planning to return this place for a b-day party dinner for 8 ppl this weekend. Do you guys have any comments on recent visit?

Thanks a lot.

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  1. I always had a great piece of meat.
    Ask for medium rare.

    End cuts are more likely to be chewy.

    CASH is King.
    CUSTOMER is King.

    if you had a bad piece of meat, ask for another.


    2 Replies
    1. re: RWONG

      HOPR does accept credit cards.

      1. re: Bob C.

        "Cash is king" is a cliche meaning that you're the one paying, so you're the boss. They were not implying that they didn't take credit cards, they were saying that you're paying so feel free to tell them if you're unhappy.

    2. Hmmm...I've never been disappointed there yet. Always great experience.

      1. I have to agree with the others, have always had a good experience there. Like the salad they make at the table and the prime rib has been great. Just remember, it's a PRIME RIB place, not fish, not steak, no lamb chops.

        1. Over the years, my friends and I have always been pleased here. Since I like well done, I prefer the end cut since it's crispy and salty. We try to remember to ask for 1/2 as much dressing on the salad; stays crisper this way. Don't agree to seasoning salt in the salad -- has msg, and gave some of us rapid heart beats later that night. Great place to take relatives, etc. because everything is included. At other places, bill can really add up with all the extras you order. Do you know about the free seconds?

          1. I've been there at least ten times, and it is a bit of hit-and-miss. I order mine medium-rare, and twice out of all my visits, I had meat that was tough and chewy -- probably was a lower grade, maybe even below USDA Select. Unfortunately, out-of-town friends that I had invited on those days were turned off by HOPR and don't want to go back when they visit me. I worry about taking guests there because of the couple bad experiences I've had, but as family we don't hesitate to go a few times a year because it is usually very good and is a good value for the money. I've just learned to accept that you can have bad days about 10% of the time.

            Also, the one time I asked for seconds, it seemed that the second piece of meat came from the back kitchen and was perhaps from a rump roast. It was definitely not the same rib meat as from the carts. It was a tough piece of meat, purely lean with no fat at all. I've never asked for seconds since that experience.

            8 Replies
            1. re: Peacemeal

              Isn't it a bit of false advertising to serve prime rib that is not prime?

              1. re: Civil Bear

                Prime rib is just the name for the cut of meat; it can be any USDA grade.

                1. re: Humbucker

                  Really? I could be wrong here, but I thought the cut of meat is a standing rib roast or a bone-in rib-eye roast, and that the "prime" is reserved for when it is cut from prime beef (which is why we are supposed to get so worked up over it ; >). I have noticed that I cannot find prime rib from a butcher unless it is prime-grade meat.

                  1. re: Civil Bear

                    From the food dictionary:

                    "The boneless rib-eye roast is the center, most desirable and tender portion of the rib section. Therefore, it's also the most expensive. Many rib roasts are often inappropriately labeled PRIME RIB. In fact, they can't be called prime rib unless the cut actually comes from USDA Prime beef — rarely found in meat markets today."

                    1. re: Dude

                      We should all file a class-action suit against the Lyon's, Carrow's and other chain restaurants of the world that dare advertise prime rib dinners for $9.95 or whatever they charge!!! We must rise up to protest such misleading advertising.

                      Then again, we'd have to eat there in order to validate our claims as plaintiffs. Doh well..... ;-D

                2. re: Civil Bear

                  Humbucker is correct. The 'prime' in Prime Rib refers to which rib section, not grade of beef. The term Prime Rib predates the USDA grading system which was established later. See the following link.


                  1. re: Peacemeal

                    You are wrong about that. See link to HOPR's website below. It specifically states that the meat is USDA Prime grade. Your information is sorely outdated.


                    1. re: chemchef

                      Although House of Prime Rib's meat may be USDA prime, all prime ribs are not necessarily so, which is what Peacemeal was confirming.