I know I am not quite a local (it’s been said you’re a local after 3 years…), but I have no qualms against taking advantage of “locals night” deals at area eateries and adventure outlets. That said when The Historic Mint Steakhouse
advertised their infamous $2.99 steak night (yes, you read that right…$2.99 steaks) on the back of the Summit Daily
, I made sure to clear my schedule for the evening so as to take advantage of a thick, juicy cut of meat, buttery texas toast, and rich, creamy garlic mashed potatoes.
The Mint is a breed of its own. Coming from Chicago
, I am a meateater through and through. But generally when dining out at a steakhouse in the city, you expect to order off a menu, explain to the server how you would like it prepared, the meal is then cooked and brought to your table, where you dig in or, if you are an ornery eater and the meat is not prepared they way you ordered it, you send it back.
You see, The Mint puts the onus on the patron. Rather than ordering from a menu and through a server; you are sent to the butcher counter
where you select the meat of your choice. Once you’ve made your selection from the display of filets, bone-in strips, chicken breasts, shrimp, and scallops, you make your way over to the Lava Rock Grill
and season and cook your food the way YOU like it. No complaints to your server, no disappointment when it comes to service, and if you’re me, a serious sense of accomplishment because your steak was seared just the way you like it–juicy and red. Perfection.
At The Mint, no-frills is the name of the game. A building that has been in use since 1862, as a brothel and now as a restaurant, part of The Mint’s charm is that it feels as if neither the building, nor the business has changed since its origins. You go, you order, you grill, you enjoy, and when all is said and done, you head home with a happy tummy.