Michael Jordan’s Steak House in Ridgefield, Washington has some amazing dishes that are definitely worth the 30-minute drive from Portland!
Rick and I had the rare occasion last weekend to actually stay in town and experience more of what Portland has to offer. Normally on the weekends we’re headed for the beach, or to Eugene for a Duck’s football game. I’m more of a homebody, but it seems like we’re constantly on the go. I should say, we stayed in town, but we actually made the short drive to Ridgefield, Washington to check out the new Ilani Resort and Michael Jordan’s Steak House as a “date night” on Saturday.
Founded by one of my favorite basketball players of all time – Michael Jordan – I was excited to check out what they had to offer.
Of course, we had to start our date night off with a couple of martinis! They were perfectly prepared and icy cold – Rick likes his just a little bit dirty, and the amount of olive brine in his martini was perfect.
Then it was on to the Oysters! Manager Brian Napiany suggested that we pair them with some bubbles, and he brought us over a couple glasses of Cava to enjoy with them. The pairing was perfect and they were some of the best Netarts oysters that I’ve tried – Definitely fresh, and on the smaller side, which I prefer.
We also split a Wedge Salad topped with crispy shallots and blue cheese. That thick slice of bacon on top was perfection!
And Brian insisted that we had to try the Garlic Bread – OMG. Seriously the best garlic bread of my entire life! It comes presented to you in a stack and then your server pours some Rogue Creamery blue cheese fondue over the top. I initially held off on ordering the garlic bread, even though I’d seen on Yelp! that it is definitely a “must order.” I wanted to save room for my steak… But I’m definitely glad that we splurged. I would definitely go back just to order that again and again!!!
There were so many amazing steaks to choose from on the menu, but we always lean towards splitting a Filet Mignon and pairing it with some sort of seafood – a Surf & Turf type of situation.
Their Filet Mignon with bernaise butter was cooked perfectly to medium-rare and we enjoyed the Seared Chilean Sea Bass with saffron braised fennel and fingerling potatoes alongside. We also ordered their Twice Baked Potato which I think could easily serve four as a side dish! We paired our Filet with an amazing local Pinot Noir and the Sea Bass with an amazing Rosé. The wine list here is also not to be missed!
To top it all off – dessert! This 23-Layer Chocolate Cake definitely took our date night over the edge. Super decadent and entirely impressive. The 23 layers are of course playing homage to Michael Jordan’s jersey number, #23.
I would highly recommend visiting Michael Jordan’s Steak House at the Ilani Resort. I cannot wait to go back and order some of the favorites I discovered, and try out some of their other menu offerings!
Our dining experience at Michael Jordan’s Steak House was complimentary. As always, all opinions are my own.