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Dec 29, 2013 11:27 AM

Strip T's lunch - what did I miss?

I hope I am not put through the wringer for this posting, but I am wondering what happened…

I've had Strip T's on my list for a while now, and DH and I stopped in yesterday for lunch. I had the much lauded cauliflower sammie,and DH had the fish sandwich. We also ordered sweet potato fries and a side caesar salad. We were bitterly disappointed. The sandwiches were literally just *dripping* with grease every bite. The fish was nice and fresh and well prepared, and the hint of spicy pickled green tomato was lovely, but the sauce/grease factor just ruined it. I couldn't really taste anything in the cauliflower sandwich except grease and greens from the broccoli rabe. I left half and didn't even take it home. The salad was likewise just swimming in an overly acidic dressing. Fries were acceptable with a great aioli dip.

Did we order wrong? Is this a misfire of the kitchen, right after the holidays? I know this place has been the darling of the boards of late, and I don't want to do them wrong, but we really were bummed out!

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  1. It has always been my impression that the magic happens at night

    1. The Caesar is a rare surviving holdover from dad's menu. I've had the cauliflower sandwich, and while it's not exactly health food, I thought it was incredible. Possible that the opening of Ribelle has subtracted talent and hurt quality control, but it was my Lunch Spot of 2013: I had a good dozen high-quality lunches throughout this year there, with the cauliflower sandwich and the queso de cabeza sandwich counting as highlights. (I've had excellent fried fish at dinner, never as a lunch sandwich.)

      1. Really bummed to hear you had such a bad experience. I was there Thursday for lunch and my burger and caesar side salad were both exemplary. I so wish your lunch had been just as good! :( But it is also true that the true magic happens at dinner...

        1. My first trip to Strip T's was for dinner and has been the best meal I've eaten since moving to Boston in June. I've since been for lunch three times, had three different things (eggplant banh mi, Cobb salad, chicken pho real sandwich) and have been consistently underwhelmed. I won't be returning for lunch, but look forward to my next dinner.

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          1. re: marketpeach

            thanks.....glad to know it isn't just me, although seems like there have been both positive and negative experiences.

            1. re: Science Chick

              I'm a big fan of the eggplant banh mi for lunch but I haven't tried much else. My husband is very fond of their chili when they have it and he likes their take on Cobb salad which includes pork belly and some very good blue cheese, but it isn't "traditional" Cobb so it might not please others.

              1. re: teezeetoo

                Of the three things I've had, the Cobb salad was my favorite. I found the eggplant banh mi to be so greasy it was nearly inedible... I wonder if the oil temp was off.

                1. re: marketpeach

                  I have had it probably 5 times and it's hit the mark each of them. I do think any difference in the temperature or any length of time spent in the pan could alter it. I've wondered sometimes, with any restaurant, if I've hit it on the regular chef's day off! It is true that lunch at Strip T's still tries to bridge the old menu and the new one, but I've found that approach appealing. Still, it may also be true that managing Ribelle's and Strip T's results in some off days. I hope you give it another shot in the evening and discover the things worth returning for.

                  1. re: marketpeach

                    Had the Cobb salad on Monday at lunch and thought the salad was well dressed with the brown butter vinaigrette. My 6-year-old was gobbling the salad up. That pork belly was perfectly crisped on the outside. Since the kid couldn't have anymore, I obliged and took the rest of the pork belly (5 pieces) off her hands. We also had the filet o' fish and I thought the cole slaw was a little too acidic combined with the thin-sliced green tomatoes. The fish was fine, not too greasy. They were real busy and service was friendly considering how busy they were. We sat at the counter.

                    1. re: marketpeach

                      That was my experience with the banh mi as well. Definitely one of the worst sandwiches I've eaten, sadly.

                      1. re: maillard

                        That they call it a bahn mi threw me off when I ordered it. What I expected was not the greasy, fried monstrosity which arrived. It certainly was not like any bahn mi I have enjoyed.

              2. I have had both amazing and extremely mediocre meals at lunch there; my first visit featured their banh mi, their oxtail salad, and the mushroom plate -- everything was fantastic.

                The last time I went, I got the famous cauliflower sandwich, and it was, as you say, dripping with grease -- soaking through the bread, running down my fingers. It was so heavy and greasy that I gave up halfway through, as well.

                My table also ordered a banh mi to split, but our waitress came out to apologize, telling us the chef refused to cut the sandwich in half.

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                  1. re: foodieX2

                    Yeah, our waitress came out looking really cowed and embarrassed, and sort of whispered, "Um, the chef says he won't split the banh mi for you because it'd... ruin its integrity... I'm very sorry..." and we just said no problem, can we have a knife? It was very bizarre, and sort of turned me off of Strip-Ts.

                    1. re: Boston_Otter

                      That is so strange its funny! Was Todd English in the kitchen?

                      It's one thing to say I'll have the bahn mi but can you hold the xyz, add some mayo and catsup but to ask the kitchen to cut it for you? How does that impact its "integrity"? LMAO

                      1. re: foodieX2

                        The odd thing was, we didn't even ask for it to be cut in half. We told our waitress we wanted a banh mi to share, and she said "I'll have them split it for you," but I guess the kitchen shot her down.

                        1. re: foodieX2

                          I don't get the Todd English reference.

                            1. re: foodieX2

                              There are plenty of apt criticisms of English, however I don't ever remember hearing of him refusing to accommodate simple special requests. Quite the contrary actually, Olives and Figs were always extremely accommodating to simple special requests.

                              1. re: black_lab

                                its ego that drove the chef to refuse to cut a sandwich, something English has in spades.

                        2. re: Boston_Otter

                          Same reason he leaves the foot on the fried chicken legs: a twee, precious affectation that he really should have grown out of by now.

                      2. re: Boston_Otter

                        Would hate to see the chef charge your table with a meat clever if you attempted to cut that bahn mi in half yourself.