Saturday, November 17, 2012

Final Cut Steakhouse Sauces - Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races

I did a video on a jockey at Charles Town Races for my class in WV Uncovered last semester. Coincidentally I recently heard from the folks over at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races, but not for my journalistic ability. For my blog.

Final Cut Steakhouse in Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races is a popular restaurant in Charles Town, and they're now bottling their 12 oz. spicy and sweet sauces for $6 each - Signature Steak Sauce, Meyer Lemon Cocktail Sauce and Herbed Ketchup. Developed by Final Cut's Executive Chef Brian Collins, the sauces are bottled in West Virginia and sole at the casino's gift shop and the hostess stand at the steakhouse.

They invited me and a guest to try the sauces at a 3-course dinner at the restaurant, but, unfortunately, I'm not in that area too often. Hopefully I'll be able to check them out in the future, though. Instead, I asked if they would want to send me the three sauces just so I can test them out. They did (on the house!), and I went to the store to pick up some steaks (for the steak sauce!), shrimp (for the cocktail sauce!) and tater tots (for the ketchup!). Nice little surf and turf for dinner.

Let me start off by saying that the steak sauce is the best I've ever had. Which may not be saying a lot because I haven't had much outside of A1, but this sauce is tangy, yet slightly sweet. Smooth, slightly peppery, but not overpowering. I feel with A1, it's just kind of bitter at times. The ratio between steak and sauce quickly weighed heavily on the latter. So. Good.

The cocktail sauce is heavier on the lemon that what I'm used to, but it's still tasty. That citrus flavor is prominent, but hints of horseradish and other ingredients can be tasted, too. I tend to like a little more tomato-y.

The herbed ketchup was very similar to the cocktail sauce, but with that more tomato taste that I like. I wasn't super happy about it with the tater tots, but it would be excellent on a sandwich if you wanted a little extra kick beyond typical condiments. I'll be sure to use it next time I'm looking for something a little fancier.

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