All the goodness of a juicy prime rib in a handheld package

Droolworthy: The Smoked Prime Rib Dip at The Street

All the goodness of a juicy prime rib in a handheld package
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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.

Smoked Prime Rib
Smoked prime rib

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 meal is less than $15 when you show your Hawaii identification.
This meal is less than $15 when you show a Hawaii ID.

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