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Apr 5, 2011 09:38 AM

Open Pit Steak Houses

Are there any open pit steak houses I am intersted in know if any steakhouses in the area have open pit grills that you can see your food being cooked while you watch. A long time ago in a land called southern oregon (grantspass area) the Water Hole had an open pit and I would like to find one in the area. Any ideas chow friends or are these banned in Oregon for some reason (fire laws etc)
Let me know lookking for a good time with grilled meat.

Water Hole
224 Main St, Unity, OR 97884

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  1. If you are near Bellingham any time soon Herb Niemans in Everson does and is well worth the drive.

    Herb Nieman's Steak House Restaurant
    203 W Main St, Everson, WA 98247

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    1. re: gt1485a


      Based on this rec, my wife and I stopped at Nieman's steak House in beautiful Everson last night, and in fact were seated at the one table right in front of the "open pit". I put that in quotes because the grilling area is a glassed-fronted vestibule which is apparently part of an enormous vent hood. We noticed immediately that the line cook was rarely there watching the streaks. The "pit" itself is a grille about 3 feet square. They say it's fired with mesquite, but in the 90 minutes were were watching, no fuel whatsoever was added--I'm pretty sure it's NG or propane.

      Anyway, it was a very good meal. I had the Logger Steak, a 12-oz sirloin topped with onions and grilled sliced potatoes. As I gather all steaks at Nieman's are, it was also accompanied by a downhome green bean dish. All was quite good, although for all their pontification on degrees of rareness (there's a legend printed on the menu that include Blue), my sirloin was medium-rare. My wife had the Jeager Schnitzel, which was also very good. The Schnitzel section of the menu is at least as extensive as the steaks, and all sounded good.

      The entrees are preceded by garlic bread and the diner's choice of two soups, goulash or lentil, or a Caesar salad. We opted to try both the soups. Also very good, if a bit wintry and hearty for July. All in all, a lot of food--virtually everyone we saw leaving was hefting large doggie styro-clamshells.

      The wine list is very short, and for this kind of steakhouse (the daily special steak was $31), curiously budget. There was but one beer on tap.

      We were out the door after sharing a creme brulee for $90 with tip and a $20 bottle of Merlot. Oh, and toting enough leftyovers for 2 more dinners.

    2. It's probably out of your area, but if you're ever around Coeur D'Alene, you might want check out the Wolf Lodge Steakhouse. It's western/cowboy themed and kind of out in the middle of nowhere, but the food is pretty good, and they do cook the steaks over an open fire.