I've been going to Stubrik's Steakhouse since college!!
Stubrik's in downtown Fullerton has a special place in my heart. I remembered when it opened over 20 years ago. I've been there with the girls, co-workers, first dates, last dates...but haven't been since I left for LA in 2012. Maybe even before that? Anyhow, I finally went again. And let me tell you it was exactly the same...but better. It looks the same, but the food really has been kicked up a couple of notches!
A few things you'll need to know before going. There's about 10 other restaurants that use the same parking lot. Parking sucks, but just be persistent and you'll find a spot. Also, its dark inside. You can call it "romantic" or the restaurant has "ambiance", which it does... but its dark. So if you're there to take pictures for your instagram feed, bring a light! If you're old, bring your reading glasses! :) They don't take reservations, but they do participate with Yelp waitlist. Fridays and Saturday nights are busy. Plan accordingly. Next, ask the servers for their personal favorites. The staff has been working there for years. They know what good stuff is. I would have never ordered the Pork Chops, which happened to be my favorite, if the manager Nick hadn't casually suggested it. Lastly, you should know that Stubrik's butchers its own meat. Which is HUGE because they know where it came from and how old it is. Because of this they can deliver super high quality cuts for a fraction of what other local steak houses charge.
The thing that I love about Stubrik's is that its simple, good, quality food. Fried calamari is standard in many restaurants, but here it's super tender and not overly salty. And I love that they serve it with a huge bowl of marinara. It's the worst trying to dip those rings in little plastic ramekins!
All the meals come with either soup or salad and two sides. The bleu cheese dressing is to die for.
This is an 8 oz bacon wrapped filet mignon that has been stuffed with bleu cheese and then topped with their Burgundy bleu cheese sauce. If you look closely at the above picture, you can see the huge chunks of bleu cheese! The filet was cooked to perfection. The bleu cheese is mild. So it's not overpowering at all. The sauce has so much flavor, wasn't too rich and was perfectly seasoned! For sides we had the baked potato (huge) and a side of veggies, also a huge portion. I loved that the veggies weren't over cooked and were still a bit al dente!
Much as I loved the filet, and I do mean I LOVED it. I think the 16oz bone in Pork Chop was the star of the day. You can't quite see how thick this sucker is, but it was HUGE and perfectly cooked. It was so moist. So tender. Also it had just a tad bit of sweetness to it. And then there was the char from the grill...are you drooling yet? It is served on top a lovely pool of Burgundy mushroom sauce. For the sides we got the Au Gratin potatoes and Broccoli. The veggie was fresh. Look at it. It was so green and still had a nice crunch to it. The au gratin wasn't typical. It was made with larger chunks of red potatoes which was awesome because it wasn't mushy at all. Sooo good.
So most of you know I have a deep love of ice cream and creme brulee, but usually I can say no to dessert. I was told I had to have the Bananas Foster and the Chocolate Cake. How do you say no when you're demanded to do so? Fine, twist my arm. Bring me the sweets. Then this happened.
Um...What? Chocolate cake with a chocolate frosting and a top layer of chocolate ganache served with vanilla ice cream and a chocolate drizzle. The cake was almost like a brownie, but lighter. It had a deep chocolate flavor. The frosting was light and not overly sweet, but the ganache...that was smooth and silky. The key to eating this was getting a half fork full of ice cream with a half fork of chocolate cake. Amazing.
Want to know how to end a meal? Meet Stubrik's version of a Bananas Foster flambéed in a rum & banana liqueur caramel sauce over vanilla bean ice cream and it is DIVINE. I can't even describe it. It's just so good. If you like bananas and caramel, get it. No really...GET IT! Want to know how to end a meal? Meet Stubrik's version of a Bananas Foster. It's bananas flambéed in a rum & banana liqueur caramel sauce over vanilla bean ice cream and it is DIVINE. I can't even describe it. It's just so good. If you like bananas and caramel, get it. No really...GET IT!am and it is DIVINE. I can't even describe it. It's just so good. If you like bananas and caramel, get it. No really...GET IT! If you've ever been to downtown Fullerton, you know its tough to be a restaurant here. As many that open, the same number close. Stubrik's obviously is doing something right if they've been open for over 20 years. Not only do they have good food, but they have a solid beer and wine selection with a full bar. I can't wait to come back to try the ribeye and the scallops. The stuffed mushrooms and the chicken parm also sounds pretty amazing. If you haven't been, add this one to your list. Stubriks Steakhouse
118 E. Commonwealth Ave. Fullerton, CA 92832-1909
The food at this restaurant was provided complimentary or at a discounted price, however all opinions are 100% mine. A free meal does not buy a good review.