Grilled Eye of the Rib Eye and Cabernet Braised Top Cap @ Napa Rose

Price: $45.00

When: November 28, 2015, 7:40 PM

Reservations: Recommended

Verdict? Not recommended

It’s a tough situation when two people at the same table order similar dishes – each gets fish, say – and then, after taking a few bites, you realize that one is markedly superior to the other.

This is what happened to me and Elaine with our steaks at Napa Rose.

I went for the filet mignon. She went for the “Grilled Eye of the Rib Eye and Cabernet Braised Top Cap.”

One of these things is not like the other.

Look, the rib eye is fine. It’s not exceptional. It’s cooked adequately. The horseradish is fine. It’s very mild. The potatoes are fine. The sauce is fine. There’s nothing objectively wrong with this meal … but there’s nothing objectively right about it, either. It’s pedestrian. While the filet was melt-in-your-mouth awesomeness, eating this felt like work. It’s fine steak, for sure, but the filet is such a superior overall dish that it made the rib eye feel faded and not up to the task.

It may sound like I’m damning with faint praise, and I kind of am. The prices for these two steaks are identical – but you’ll get far, far more for your $45 if you go with the filet. So I can’t recommend it. Give it a pass.