House of Prime Rib – Meat Sweats

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HOPR is about serious serious meat. I mean these guys don’t f around. As the name states, House of Prime Rib does prime rib, and they do it well. Don’t even think about ordering anything else from the menu.

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Let me start with the bad. The worst thing about this place is getting a reservation. We called a week before and they said they were booked solid for the next month (keep reading to find out why) and the walk-in line starts at 4pm (we’re not that old yet). Luckily, OpenTable saved the day, and we managed to snag a same-day reservation for 6:30pm. This turned out to be a fantastic time to eat massive amounts of meat.

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On to the good. The menu is super simple and the quality of the food is amazing for the price point. Huge slabs of juicy prime rib with au jus and sides. Although we wasn’t as excited about the mashed potato, the creamed spinach was heavenly. The little tiny bits of bacon added amazing flavor and texture that you otherwise wouldn’t expect. We ended up feasting on two big portions of house salad, prime rib (House of Prime Rib Cut), baked and mashed potatoes, creamed spinach, and Yorkshire pudding for ~$44 pp. The baked potato reigned supreme and came loaded with butter, sour cream, chives, and bacon bits. For those of you in the know, you can also ask for creamed corn (subpar next to the creamed spinach), have your spinach sauteed, fresh cornbread, and have your slab of prime rib seared. Since prime rib is basically a slow-cooked ribeye roast, slicing it, and searing it makes the meat more like a steak, by changing the texture and imparting a different and some say, a richer flavor. We tried it both ways, and still think the regular prime rib is the way to go. It’s so tender, it almost melts in your mouth.

Oh, and if you manage to finish your first slab of meat, you can get a second one for free. While the second serving is a thinner slice, it’s more than sufficient to satiate even the biggest eaters. Can I hear a Moooooooo?? Praise the cow. Also, if you’re into gnawing on some rib bones, you can just ask and they’ll give you one. We know, not very classy, but it’s just so damn good. F class.

House of Prime Rib | 1906 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109 | Open 7 days a week for dinner

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