The Prospector, 2400 E. Seventh St., 438-3839.
• Hours: Open daily, at 11 a.m. Monday through Friday and at 8 a.m. on weekends for breakfast.
• Location: Located at the corner of Junipero Avenue and Seventh Street. There is parking onsite and neighborhood parking nearby.
• Staff/Service: The staff is friendly and attentive; service is quick.
• Food/Drinks: The menu has been simplified over the years. It is now mostly steaks and seafood as well as the daily specials, which are among the best food values in town.
Steaks include top sirloin, filet mignon, New York, rib eye and Porterhouse. There are prime rib dinners as well for meat lovers. Seafood dinners include lobster, catfish, halibut, red snapper, oysters, shrimp and scallops.
Other dinners are country fried chicken, spaghetti, veal cutlet, and liver and onions. There is also a children’s menu.
Daily specials include prime rib on Monday, filet mignon on Tuesday, roast pork on Wednesday, top sirloin Thursday, rib eye on Friday, New York strip on Saturday and Yankee pot roast on Sunday.
• Atmosphere: The décor is based on the Gold Rush. There are plenty of large comfortable booths as well as a few smaller booths for couples. The Prospector has been open since 1965.
• The Taste: Jennifer and I met Chris and Maryann for dinner at the end of a rough week. Whatever you may believe about The Prospector, one thing you should know is that you always have a great time there. As soon as we all sat, we were laughing and enjoying a huge bowl of crudités (celery, hot peppers, carrots and such).
It was steak time all around. Chris opted for the Porterhouse (one pound), Maryann, the rib eye; Jennifer, the New York; and I selected the filet mignon.
As usual, our dinners began with soup. On this night, it was clam chowder. The soup is hearty with chunks of clams, potatoes and celery. Then came our salads, crisp greens and croutons topped by blue cheese dressing in the three cases and balsamic vinaigrette for Maryann.
Then came our steaks. Chris’s porterhouse was huge. He asked for it cooked medium rare and it was. And for several minutes, that corner of table was quiet as he dug in. His steak was accompanied by a baked potato with all the trimmings.
Jennifer and Maryann didn’t enjoy their steaks as much. They asked for medium, but both wanted medium rare. They were a little disappointed in the degree of doneness, but enjoyed the charbroiled flavor.
My filet was cooked to a perfect medium rare. It was bacon-wrapped and pretty dang tasty and just the right size with my baked spud.
We finished with The Prospector’s complimentary pudding cup topped with whipped cream.
The Prospector has been serving up home-style meals for more than 45 years. We like it just the way it is.
And what’s not to like? It’s reasonably priced, generously portioned, tasty food and, for whatever reason, you always have a great time when you’re there.
• Price: Dinner for two with drinks is $20 to $35.