I have made the drive out the Everson to enjoy the wonderful Rib Eye and T-bone steaks at the Black Forest on many occasions, and decided to give The Black Forest in Bellingham a try.
I consider myself a polite and knowledgeable consumer of beef steaks. I am very familiar with the processing of both domestic and wild game. I am not a butcher, actually a family doctor, but have a solid understanding of cuts of beef.
It did seem that our waitperson was newer and not very familiar with the menu. She was not too interested in us, but polite enough(acceptable/B-). After our meal, she did warm up and spend a few minutes talking to us.
I ordered the 16 oz Rib Eye, extra rare. I received a transitional piece, with perhaps a touch of Rib Eye but mostly a New York cut. It was medium rare, if not slightly more cooked. The waitperson asked how our meal was, and I politely mentioned that it was fine, although it was the incorrect cut and medium rare. I hate wasting food, and was willing to consume it, but she politely offered to take my plate to the kitchen (Jack was chef.
She returned within a few minutes with the same plate and with another plate with a raw steak to tell me that Jack said that I was wrong and that it was a Rib Eye. She must have been new, because she was holding a raw New York. Not wanting to make our friends uncomfortable, I decided not the argue the point. I consumed a small portion of the overcooked steak and then had it boxed up. It was only $27, so I didn't want to contend with an less experienced waitstaff or the owner that should have, but obviously didn't want to take care of the consumer. The response of the owner, Jack, was atrocious.
At the end of our evening, the waitperson confessed that Jack had said it was a transitional cut, more like a New York and knew that it was overcooked, but chose to do nothing about it.
It was not handled properly, to say the least. I was disappointed with Jack's attitude, and will not return. The drive to Everson is beautiful, anyway. News for Jack- in our small city, a business owner such as myself that has contacts with thousands of patients, will not being referring anyone to the Bellingham Black Forest.