Recession Special: Locals Lunch, $8.95 at Tarpy’s Roadhouse, Monterey
On one of those unseasonably sunny and warm days last November, Mom and I headed to Tarpy’s Roadhouse to try the local lunch special. “jaweino” had turned us on to these. Sunday through Friday, Tarpy’s offers a meal deal of the day at lunch or dinner. They’re listed on the website as Recession meal deals, http://www.tarpys.com/995.html , but you have to ask your server for it, as it’s not listed on the printed menus.
We had a great table with lots of natural light in the room with the shell fireplace. http://www.flickr.com/photos/melaniewong/3064657529
Mom ordered Wednesday’s meal deal: half rack of baby back ribs, fries, and corn on the cob for $8.95. This was the small end of the rack, but more than enough for lunch and some to take home. The crispy, golden fries were an unexpected bonus. Not the best ‘cue I’ve ever had, but competent with good smoke tones, if too much sauce slathered on. The remoulade-like sauce for the fries was quite delectable. I’d order this again, truly a deal at this price.
I had the Crispy calamari appetizer, $8.90. Served with a Thai-style lime dipping sauce, the bed of lettuce underneath made this a light salad lunch for me. The squid were slightly overcooked, but not bad.
Our busser was great, refilling our bread basket, and boxing up Mom’s leftovers to take home. He also pointed out that we could exit through the patio and save her a few steps. We left a larger than usual percent gratuity for the good service and because our lunch expenditure was less than the typical tab here.
2999 Salinas Hwy, Monterey, CA 93940
Mom and I went back to Tarpy's last week for the recession special. Once again, baby back ribs on Wednesday. The battered steak fries were an improvement from the earlier skinny fries. The ribs were overcooked and covered with too much sauce this time. I'll have to remember to ask for it on the side. But I can't really complain at $8.95 and service was great, as usual. The dinner special has gone up to $11.95, according to the website. Again, you have to ask for the special, it's not on the menu.