Location: Libby’s Cafe & Bar
Dish: Glazed Kobe Beef Meatloaf
Well, it’s day one. I’m questioning my choice here because I’m kind of going with the premium option right off the bat. Should I have started with a more traditional meatloaf? I don’t know, but this is how it’s going down.
I’m going into this with my past demons of resentment towards meatloaf. I’m trying to do my best to give a fresh opinion. It has been 20+ years since I’ve had meatloaf so in a way it’s like I’m discovering it for the first time.
Libby’s comes out looking pretty damn inviting. It has a gorgeous over-easy egg and a fancy ketchup layer underneath. There’s a side of smooth mashed potatoes and two cups of brown gravy. And I’m a sucker for some broccolini.
I make sure my first bite has some egg and yolk on it, as it appears that’s how I’m supposed to enjoy it. Everything tastes lovely together. I’m still getting a hit of the “pre-chewed burger” vibe I get from meatloaf in general but there’s more solid meat chunk’s in this than expected.
I’m gonna be real here, the flavor is extraordinary. It’s so savory. There’s a huge pop of flavor reminiscent of Worcestershire and onion. The beef is bold and tender. The egg is a fantastic topping and seals the whole experience.
I’m not sure how I feel about the ketchup. I mean, it’s good, it’s got a note of sour to it, which I like. But to me, egg just doesn’t work with ketchup. I’m probably in the minority, so take that for what’s it worth.
I’m not disgusted by this dish at all. In fact, I ate the whole thing and really enjoyed it. But if I went to Libby’s for a meal, I wouldn’t order it again. Ugh, I was really hoping this gourmet version would be the game changer for me.
On to the next loaf tomorrow!
Conclusion, Judging & Score
That taters are great and the gravy is over-the-top delicious. I mean it’s thick, packs a serious tangy and meaty punch and they gave me a LOT of it. I’ve never had Libby’s food before and though I won’t be getting the meatloaf, I’m going back soon to try more dishes.
To Judge or Not To Judge
I must be fair. Just because I, personally, don’t like the technically appropriate texture of meatloaf I can’t take points for it. I’d like to keep the egg and ketchup blend away but honestly I think egg adds to the experience more than the combination takes away so there will be no points docked for that. As we all know, meatloaf is supposed to have a layer of ketchup.
So how about that?! Our first meatloaf review is getting a PERFECT SCORE!
Overall Score: 10/10