Santa Rosa – Stark’s Steakhouse
Welcome back, foodies!
Today, I will be discussing an awesome restaurant in Santa Rosa called Stark’s Steakhouse. I know many people who love Stark’s, but I do not know anyone who even remotely dislikes it! In the past, I have eaten there for lunch or dinner. Some dishes worth mentioning are the prime rib, the steak tartare with smoked chili aioli, the ahi tuna tar tare, and a burger. But today I had a new experience with happy hour!
This past weekend, my sister, Cindy, came to visit me and join me in my culinary adventures. We decided on trying Stark’s Steakhouse’s Happy Hour as I had heard positive reviews of it, and I know that I enjoy their dinner menu. Dana (boyfriend) joined us on the outing.
My sister and I each started with a Beefeater Martini. At $2.50, it was hard to resist! I think this was actually my first martini, ever. I have had Appletinis and the like, but this was my first plain one! I did not particularly enjoy it aside from the obvious reasons. But I am not a good judge of this as I am a martini newbie! On to some food!
I have always loved oysters on the half shell. I am not very familiar with all of the different kinds other than knowing their names, but I know that I have never met an oyster that I did not like! My sister feels the same way about oysters, so it was an easy decision to order one oyster each. We were not disappointed! They had a nice, smooth flavor and creamy texture. I would recommend them to oyster lovers!
Ah, my favorite item on the menu! My sister, Dana, and I are all raw fish lovers, so we ordered some tuna tartare tacos! If you love raw tuna, this is an item I highly recommend, especially at $1.75 a piece! The “taco shells” are actually fried wontons, which always works well with ahi. The flavors were fabulous and the fish tasted fresh (though my experience has taught me that most “sashimi-grade” fish served in restaurants is flash-frozen at some point)! I would go to Stark’s every weekend just for this item.
Dana was not particularly interested in the oysters, so he got himself a mini burger with cheddar cheese and bacon. The waiter did not ask how he wanted his burger cooked, so it came back medium, which he finds acceptable, but you guys know me and my love for raw meat! I did not get a chance to try it myself, but he said he could not really taste the cheddar and the piece of bacon was miniscule. He has had the burger from the dinner menu at Stark’s before and says it is much, much better and claims it is the best burger he has had in Sonoma County!
I am a sucker for chicken wings, and many people in the lounge around me were ordering these, and they looked delicious! So, we agreed to order them. The sauce on them was very tasty and the chicken was very moist. However, the meat did not have much flavor under the sauce and could have stood to be marinated longer, if at all.
Who does not love flat bread? Crazy people! We decided to share some flat bread, and man was it tasty! There really is not much that says “wino yuppie” like cheese, fruit, and honey. And I love me some wino yuppie food! I was rather impressed with this flat bread and I would definitely order again. There was a perfect blend of flavors: sweet, savory, salty. Mmmmm. Delish.
My sister loves her Vietnamese sandwiches, so she could not resist the bhan mi. I am not very familiar with them because there is no Vietnamese sandwich place in Sonoma County that I know of. Despite my lack of experience, I really enjoyed the bites I had from this sandwich. The bread tasted fresh and the beef was so flavorful! I would definitely order it again!
Well, as soon as I saw “Moroccan”, I was sold. I insisted we order the chicken meatballs. And what a great choice that was: Great spices, moist meatballs, and a great dipping sauce. If you love food with lots of spices, like curry, you need to give these a shot!
Well, I am not much of a french fry fan, but we decided to share the yam fries, nonetheless. They were delicious, but nothing to write home about… I repeat, though, I could live without eating french fries. Someone else would probably enjoy them much more than I did!
Toward the end of our meal, I decided that I really wanted… no… needed another tuna tartare taco. So Cindy decided her last item should be a BBQ oyster. I didn’t taste it, but she said it was delicious! And I definitely trust her opinion on seafood!
Overall, this time around, I had a very pleasant and yummy experience at Stark’s Steakhouse Happy Hour. I would return every weekend if it were that easy! Head on down to Stark’s for a great happy hour! Or if you feel like going out to eat, it is a great option for lunch or dinner!