|Grilled Portobello Mushroom - $10.95|
Meat is a major feature on the menu, but they also have a portobello mushroom cap, grilled and served with swiss cheese, caramelized onions, and a balsamic glaze, that was enormous (I only ate half) and delicious. As for the side of sweet potato fries, I'll take them over regular fries anyway, but these fries weren't really seasoned and didn't taste as good as any frozen grocery store sweet potato fries--not worth the deep-fried calories at all.
|Skillet Mac ‘n’ Cheese - $6.95|
|Kobe Beef Sliders - $9.95|
|BBQ Bacon Burger - $10.95|
The bbq bacon burger is a basic burger with applewood smoked bacon, bbq sauce, and your choice of jack, swiss or cheddar cheese. It was as good as any restaurant burger and served horror-movie style with a giant knife plunged into the center.
|Chocolate Fudge Cake - $6.45 plus $3.95 for ice cream|
As if we weren't already so stuffed that we needed to be rolled out of the restaurant, we splurged on dessert. There was no way I was missing the chance to try a dessert that combines two of my favorite things--beer and ice cream. We paired the ice cream with a side of chocolate cake. The cake was pretty much what you'd expect it to be, but the Drunken Udder Guinness chocolate stout ice cream was a disappointment. I couldn't taste the stout at all. The ice cream is expensive, too--$3.95 for an a la mode scoop, and even more if you order it alone. But with the exception of the ice cream, the prices are very reasonable, especially for the portions you get.
|Nice view from a booth by the window|
For the most part, I liked my meal a lot. I haven't been back, but that has less to do with Howie's and more to do with my aversion to eating enormous, heavy meals.
Howie's Grill and Bar
109 West Cochran Street
Simi Valley, CA 93065
Open daily 9am-11pm