The Cuisine Scene
Tony's Spunky Steer
I heard about a great restaurant in Redlands, The Spunky Steer. The
meals were supposed to be good, priced for a family, and it was open seven days a
A perfect place, I thought,
so, I called
Kathryn, my fellow adventurer. Located in the Tri-City Shopping Center
close to Mervyn’s, The Spunky Steer was easy to find and parking was a
Since we were going to have an
early dinner, we arrived around five-thirty and were immediately
seated. We had our choice of tables or booths, so we sank onto a big,
I thought the green chandelier
shades and brown booths added a sense old-fashioned comfort to the
casual atmosphere. After the server took our drink orders, Kathryn and
I looked over the menus and thought about an appetizer. We could have
potato skins with six cheeses, bacon and onion, half order for $3.50,
full for $6.00, fried zucchini sprinkled with parmesan cheese, half for
$2.50, full for $4.00, or mushrooms, onion rings, or even a six-shrimp
cocktail for $8.75, or clams and scallops. But we thought we’d save
room for dinner.
Family owned and run, The
Spunky Steer makes their chili bean soup from scratch as well as their
blu cheese, thousand-island, and honey mustard dressings.
Six salads are offered,
including steak salad for $8.25, chef’s salad at $7.00, tuna, chicken
breast, tossed green, and a Susan Salad, which include fresh greens,
tomatoes, cucumber, mushrooms, pickles and egg for $5.25.
Sandwiches are next, and
include some of the standards such as chicken breast, grilled cheese,
BLT, roast beef, and tuna, all offered on sourdough bread, most with
fries and Cole slaw, all under $9.00. Then there’s the Mexican green
chile melt, a 1/2 pound ground beef patty with blended cheeses and
green chile, served on grilled sourdough with fries and Cole slaw for
$8.00. A Spunky Delight is sliced roast beef on sourdough, with melted
cheese and Ortega chilis. Served with fries and Cole slaw for $7.45.
Then the menu says their
burgers are made with high quality fresh ground beef, and offer bacon
‘n’ cheeseburger, and a Spunky Burger, a 1/2 pound of premium ground
beef on grilled French bread, 1000 island dressing and mayonnaise, and
salad or soup, and fries, for $8.45.
Their steaks are what Debbie
raved about. She said their bacon wrapped lunch filet is a tender filet
mignon offered for under ten dollars. According to the menu, their
lunch filet is 5 oz, and includes, as with all their steak dinners,
homemade soup or salad, choice of potato and hot grilled garlic bread.
But if you’re hungry for more, they also offer 10 oz for $11.25. I
believe it’s served as two filets instead of one large steak.
Other steaks include a 16 oz
rib eye for $13.50, beef kabob teriyaki, skewered with pineapple,
onion, and bell pepper for $9.00, and the old favorite, country fried
steak, which is sirloin dipped in egg, lightly floured and deep fried,
served with country or chicken gravy for $8.75.
If we weren’t hungry for
steak, we could have liver ‘n’ onions for $7.50 or orange glazed baby
back ribs, a half rack for $11.50 and a full for $14.00. I love those,
so I’ll be back to try them. Then there's the 16 oz T-bone for $14.00,
plus a selection of other favorites including a French Dip, sliced
roast beef dinner, chicken selections and seafood. They even have
clams, shrimp, and scallops, all under $13.00
I selected the pepper steak, an
8 oz sirloin, grilled and topped with onions, bell peppers, tomatoes,
and mushrooms for $10.25. And after I finished my salad, they brought
my dinner on a sizzling platter. Talk about generous portions. My steak
was piled high with vegetables, and I couldn’t wait to dig in.
Kathryn ordered the broiled
halibut steak, and, as with all the seafood selections, it was offered
with soup or salad, potato and hot garlic bread.
The baked potato looked so
good and plump that I lightly buttered it and added the sour cream and
chives. Kathryn tried the cheese sauce. We each took a bite of our
potatoes and both commented on how good they tasted. The server later
said that all their potatoes are actually baked and not zapped in the
microwave. And it showed because they were delicious, well-done without
that woody texture I’ve found in some.
The steak was good, but I
loved the vegetables, highly flavored in natural juices with just a
touch of butter. I loved the absence of heavy sauces.
Kathryn said her halibut was flakey and moist, not mushy like some fish, and the garlic bread was crispy.
We were so full after our
dinners that we declined their desserts, which include hot apple
dumpling topped with hot cinnamon sauce and fruit cobblers with ice
cream for $3.60.
For those of you who like to
eat early, they offer specials available after 3:00pm, and they also
include soup or salad, potato and garlic bread.
Mondays offer fried chicken for $7.25
Tuesday, New York steak at $8.25
Wednesday, country-fried steak, $8.25
Thursday, pork chops for $8.25.
I’d advise you to come early
if you can, because while we were there, the waiting area for seating
grew crowded. Must be for the good food, ample portions and decent
prices. That certainly did it for me.
They're also located in Chino and Riverside.
Tony's Spunky Steer
1350 Industrial Park Ave, Redlands, CA
Daily - 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Phone - (909) 792-6200