Fri, Oct 11 2013 01:16 PM Posted By: Phillip Brents
Want to do something special for you or your spouse’s 40th birthday? How about something special for your parents’ 30th wedding anniversary, or your own wedding party? How about something quick but fancy for a football viewing party, or a backyard barbecue with all the trimmings for a child’s graduation or family reunion?
The Steak House on Broadway has recently opened a catering division under the supervision of catering director Rebeca Rodriguez and internationally trained chef Ramon Gomez. The new division can cater a lavish spread for as few as 10 individuals or as many as 1,500. Their pitch is “Let us do all the work while you enjoy your event.”
“We had been doing this on an on-and-off basis but now we’re ready to tap into this niche market,” Rodriguez said.
While the name might be somewhat new to diners, the history of the restaurant dates to 1968 when it was called The Butcher Shop under the ownership of Roberto De Philippi.
The restaurant’s claim to fame has been its use of Nebraska corn-fed beef; the restaurant’s succulent steaks and prime rib sandwiches are still the stuff of legend.
The interior of the restaurant has been completely renovated under its new ownership, with table seating added down the center aisle for a more family-friendly feel to replace the old 1960s lounge atmosphere.
The restaurant offers $10 lunch specials as well as tasty appetizers, salads and executive selections (priced from $14 to $18 and served with the restaurant’s signature toasted sourdough au jus).
Among the executive selections, the prime rib sandwich is served on a fresh onion roll with creamy horseradish and au jus, while the aged top sirloin (8 oz.) is smothered with grilled onions and sautéed mushrooms.
The spaghetti marinara also gets high marks from our review staff.
Appetizers range from $10 to $15. The prime rib bites are a real find here and go especially well with the chunky horseradish dip.
“Every lunchtime can be like a Friday when you feel like treating yourself to something special,” Rodriguez said. “For $10, it can be any day of the week.”
The new catering division, which is licensed and insured, aims to build on the restaurant’s fine tradition.
In fact, the restaurant’s kitchen has been completely remodeled and a new patio has been added to accommodate private events.
Prospective catering customers can get a preview of what’s available when the restaurant hosts a tasting extravaganza on its new patio the first Wednesday of each month. The initial event attracted 75 people; the next one is scheduled for Nov. 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. Reservations will be taken in advance.
Rodriguez said the restaurant works within a prescribed budget and can customize the menu for customers. Catering options include a seated reception, wedding buffet, appetizer buffet or tailgate picnic. Prices are affordable, ranging from $15.95 to $33.95 per person depending on the option.
The key to the catering expansion has been the addition of Gomez, a New York City chef who has been in the business for 23 years. His specialty is international cuisine.
Under Gomez’s supervision, the restaurant can create a menu tailored to one’s palate.
Want to throw a party with Cuban cuisine? Gomez has that covered.
The restaurant also has the ability to create a chef-prepared meal in one’s own kitchen. Rodriguez said this has become very popular in recent years, especially in Mexico.
“One of the things that differentiates us from other catering companies is that we have an international chef cooking the food,” Rodriguez said.
The Steak House on Broadway can also cater private parties or banquets in-house during non-public business hours.
The kitchen is open daily — 2 to 10 p.m. on Sunday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Monday, to 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight on Friday and 1 p.m. to midnight on Saturday.
The restaurant also provides live music for guests, with Ray Corea performing from 7 to 11 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, Trio Los Ticos on Friday and Rock n Español on Saturday from 9 p.m. to closing.
For more information on the restaurant’s catering division, call Rebeca Rodriguez at (619) 500-2158.
The Steak House on Broadway is located at 556 Broadway (west of Chula Vista Center). Call 420-9440 or visit www.rdpsteakhouse.com.
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