Steak Dinner @ Eddie Merlot's

So for those of you that may not know - I do have a day job - this food blogging doesn't really pay so well! ($17 a month on ads - wowza!). Every once in a while the day job has activities that include free meals - those are my favorite days! :-)

After an eventful day of workshops - we eneded with a team building experience of Zumba. Seriously?! I was beat! But after Zumba, they took us to Eddie Merlot's!

We were all pretty impressed when someone ordered tea - they bring out this box that lights up! Okay - I realize I sound like a complete hick saying that - but there were more cultured people than me at the table and they were digging it too!

We had a fixed menu to choose from - I started with the Merlot Iceberg Salad ($7) with baby iceberg, chopped eggs, bacon, red onions, tomatoes, olives & balsamic vinaigrette. This was DELICIOUS. I always forget how much I love chopped eggs on a salad. 

Their bread was to-die-for! I seriously don't know what the hell they did to it - it was all toasted on the inside even. Seriously - I tried to be good - but that bread was too damn good to skip!

They had a couple of appetizers to choose from - the top was a traditional bruschetta - it was fine. The bottom was a Black & Blue Flatbread ($9) from their regular menu and it was pretty good. I'm really not one for bleu or gorgonzola but this was went down smooth and didn't have to strong a "funk" taste that tends to go along with gorgonzola. 

I went for the Prime Filet Mignon (Aged 21 days) and a side of broccoli. The steak was very thick and was cooked to a perfect medium rare. I haven't eaten at many "nice" steak houses - so not sure what to compare it to - but it was a good steak.   

Then - the weather was HORRIBLE - and I decided to head home a little early so I took my dessert home with me. I chose the Creme Brulee and it was fine for a creme brulee - but man - it looks awful! Once it's out of that little dish - it's a disaster! :-) Luckily my tongue didn't care what it looked like. 

Why Should You Go? Well - it was fine. I mean - I didn't have to pay and parts of the dinner were really a treat - but I'm not sure that overall I was that excited by everything to head back on my own credit card. 

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