|Visited On:||February 18, 2011|
|Gluten Free Menu:||No|
|Variety of Gluten-Free Options:|
|Overall Gluten-Friendly Rating:||1/2|
|Price Range:||$10-$15 per person (plus drinks, tax, and tip)|
When I was growing up, my parents took us out to dinner two or three times a year. We always went to Steak & Stein, a family restaurant about 20 minutes from our house. My dad and I always got the Calgary steak, Derby style – a single for me, a double or triple for him. My mom and brother often chose something different.
Because of the fond memories, Steak & Stein has always been one of my favourite comfort food destinations. However, I haven’t been back since I was diagnosed with Celiac disease, as I was fairly sure that their beloved Derby marinade contained gluten. Last night, I decided to bite the bullet and Mike and I visited their Portland Street location.
We got a table right away and ordered drinks, although we were moved to a booth before our drinks arrived. Our waitress took quite a long time before coming back to take our order. She apologized and said that she had been investigating ingredients for a customer with a wheat allergy. I laughed and said that that was quite a coincidence as I had similar menu questions!
She shared what she had learned: anything fried was out, anything with the Derby marinade was out, and the coleslaw was also a no-go. Fair enough – that still leaves many steak, chicken, and fish options, as well as a few side dishes. I ordered the single Calgary steak, charbroiled, with mashed potatoes ($9.49). She offered peas or carrots in place of the coleslaw; I chose the peas. Mike got the 1/3 rack of ribs with a Calgary steak, Derby style ($14.99).
Our food arrived quite quickly and mostly as we had ordered. Mike’s ribs had barbeque sauce instead of the honey-garlic sauce that he had requested, but he declared that they were quite good. They certainly looked delicious and falling off the bone! His steak was good, although a bit gristly (a common occurrence here – not surprising for a $5 steak!). He had the onion rings as a side, which he couldn’t finish. These were good, although a bit soggy.
Although I missed the taste of Derby marinade, my steak was done perfectly. The mashed potatoes were delicious: very creamy, they tasted like something my mom would make. The peas, sadly, were clearly from frozen and seemed to have been cooked by an alien laser, but I appreciated the gesture.
We were so full that we skipped dessert, although they are traditionally homemade and quite good. (Gluten-free options seemed to be limited to ice cream, which is at least reasonably priced at $1.49 for a scoop or $2.49 for a dish.)
Two beer for him, a glass of wine for me, plus our meals, rang in at just under $50. Not a bad deal for a decent meal out. I think we’ll be back sometime soon!
Steak & Stein Family Restaurant
620 Portland Street (Dartmouth)
Web Site: http://www.steakandstein.ca