Sunday, June 25, 2006
Co-blogger Miriam Cherry describes a $100 burger, available in Boca Raton, Florida. But Boca should instead laud those ubiquitous meatless patties -- Boca Burgers -- as a regional claim to fame. Why? Because Philly's own restaurateur Stephen Starr has Boca beat with a kobe cheesesteak, available for $100 at Barclay Prime. A description of the haute cheesesteak:
Served with a small bottle of champagne, Barclay Prime's cheesesteak is made of sliced Kobe beef, melted Taleggio cheese, shaved truffles, sauteed foie gras, caramelized onions and heirloom shaved tomatoes on a homemade brioche roll brushed with truffle butter and squirted with homemade mustard.
The Wharton Journal described the $100 cheesesteak as a "clever marketing ploy" and explained that it might actually be a value compared to other items on the menu:
though it costs $100 (the rest of the menu entrees average around $36-$48), the cheesesteak is big enough to serve two people and comes with a small bottle of champagne (which would be about $18 if ordered by the glass). By my back of the napkin calculation, the cheesesteak actually cost about $32 per person, well in line with the cost of the other entrées.
So - it doesn't sound like the kobe cheeseteak comes with fries, but it does come with champagne.
[Meredith R. Miller]