The Redwood Steakhouse is a quickly disappearing piece of Americana: a traditional steakhouse that takes itself very seriously.
I had the honor of having two guests who joined me for dinner; Mark Johnson, former owner of the Farmer's Kitchen in Atlantic, IA, and his mom, Charlene -- baker extraordinaire. Our meals started with a side salad, for which blue cheese and ranch dressing are both homemade. We then moved on to a "you just don't see this anymore" relish tray which included herring, celery, black and green olives, strawberries, various pickles, cheese spread and liverwurst. The star of my meal was the smoked grilled windsor chop, which is a little thinner than a classic Iowa chop. It was not just juicy and tender; it squealed oink at every bite. It was sided by crisp potatoes ladled with cheese and onions.
This was a perfect Iowa heartland meal. The previous night, I had discovered that I am not a fan of boneless chops. This night at the Redwood Steak House, I discovered that smoked chops are the way to go.