I consider prime rib to be a meal for special occasions. My family will make an eight-pounder for Christmas dinner or we might go to a buffet that serves it to celebrate a birthday. So when I saw The Street Social House at International Market Place had a new test kitchen pop-up serving prime rib in a French dip-style sammie, I made it a special occasion to stop in to try it.
And boy, does it deliver.
It starts with the prime rib, which sits behind glass like a work of art. It's smoked by neighboring International Smoke and its crust crackles with a treatment of salt, cracked black pepper and garlic. The meat is incredibly pink and marbled, akin to a corned beef. What really sets it apart, though, is that it's cut paper-thin on a deli slicer, resulting in ribbons of melting meat and fat.
The crusty baguette is shmeared with garlic butter and loaded up with layers of thin prime rib and hand-pulled mozzarella from Adam's Nana Lu. On the side, you get a bowl of au jus for dipping, pepperoncini and some fleur de sel (fancy salt) for finishing. I love the smokiness of the meat and the wonderful mozzarella.
Served as a hearty meal with a cold beverage and kettle chips, it's quite a deal for under $15. In this part of town, that's a hard find.
The test kitchen also has a crab roll. They take Alaskan king crab, poach it in butter and slap it on a griddled King's Hawaiian sweet roll. It's also loaded, but will set you back $22. Both sandwiches will be around for a limited time as The Street has plans to keep the space rotating with other specials.
The Street Test Kitchen
International Market Place
2330 Kalakaua Ave, Kuhio Side
Daily 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Free validated parking available