When we were driving down Gulf to Bay Thursday night, we noticed Pappas Ranchhouse had finally opened, so we headed over there for dinner tonight. It’s a large restaurant and they were pretty full when we arrived. We waited about 15 minutes for a table.
The first thing we noticed was how loud it was in the dining area. This is definitely not a peaceful and quiet restaurant. Turning down the music would help some, but they also need to find some way to damper the overall noise level in there.
I had read some other reviews that said if you wanted bread you had to ask for it, but our waiter brought us some without us having to say a word.
The bread had a nice flavor, texture and crispy crust, but either it needed to be warmer or the butter needed to be softer. Trying to spread rock hard butter on barely warm bread is not an easy task.
We decided to get the artichoke and spinach dip.
This is definitely an appetizer for more than 2 people. The crock was huge! We ran out of chips way before we ran out of dip. Hands down, this was the best part of the meal. Loren said the key to a great spinach dip is garlic and this one had plenty. It was cheesy, creamy, and full of flavor. We’ll go back just for it.
Loren ordered a 6 oz sirloin with mashed potatoes and a salad.
They didn’t quite get medium right on his steak. The majority of it was medium well, with just a small bit of the thicker piece of the steak anywhere close to the medium range. He said it was tender, but just a bit dry from being overcooked.
I ordered the prime rib sandwich with sweet potato fries.
The prime rib was very tender and juicy. The sandwich also had grilled onions and mushrooms on it. I think they need a thicker bread to put it on though because the bottom slice was extremely soggy. The au jois was a bit salty to me, but overall, the sandwich was really good.
We also got a piece of chocolate cake to take home.
It was a very moist cake and the mousse layers had chocolate chips in it. I could have done without the chocolate chips though as they ruined the smooth texture for me. Total bill was $41 which was pretty good for the amount of food we got.
Pappas Ranch Steakhouse
2630 Gulf to Bay Blvd