I used to say, "I never met a Prime Rib that I didn't like".
Then I had it at a restaurant near Lake Wallenpaupack, PA. It sucked, had a nasty back taste.
Then about a month later I had a Prime Rib at a different restaurant near Lake Wallenpaupack. It sucked too, with much the same back taste.
I thought my taste buds were destroyed. How can this be? Two Prime Ribs that sucked?
So I was telling a buddy of mine about it. He was a retired meat cutter, who bought a restaurant. Was featured in "Fine Dining" magazine.
He said, "That's an easy one to explain!" Those two "so-called restaurants" got their pre-cooked, pre-seasoned "Prime Ribs" out of the back of the same delivery truck. They might have even used the same model Microwave to heat them up.
My Taste buds are fine, and since that, I have not met another Prime Rib that I didn't like.
I used to own a place on that lake. Lovely area, bad restaurants. When I first started going there (in '83), I was referred to a "gourmet" Italian restaurant. I ordered veal parmigiani, which turned out to be a ground veal patty with sauce and squares of melted cheese on top that had orange edges, looking suspiciously muenster-like. The area may have changed, but I never did find any fine dining there.