Today is a day of firsts. After 3 or so years in the food blogging business and over 250 reviews, this is my first review in Utah north of Salt Lake. I’m originally from Idaho Falls, and have lived in the Salt Lake City area for almost 20 years now. It is a 3 hour trip from SLC to Idaho Falls, and our half way point stop has always been in Malad, Idaho. With the advent of my “discovery” of Maddox, that may now change. When I say “discovery” I mean that on a personal level, as Maddox has been a legendary Brigham City/Perry, Utah eatery for over 30 years now.
Maddox Ranch House has a steak house and it has a drive up place just North of it. My family and I had lunch at 3 pm this last Friday at the ranch house. Walking in, I immediately thought to myself that the wait would probably be around an hour-long. The lobby reception area was crammed pack full of people waiting to be seated. I was told for a group of 5 the wait would be 30 minutes once I finally checked in, although we ended up only waiting about 15 minutes total.
It is near impossible to put into words how good the dinner rolls that every table receives along with some cold well water upon sitting down. You know that feeling you get when you are at an airport and you walk through the security gate without getting “beeped”? Or that feeling you get when you find a $100 dollar bill on the ground? Or that feeling that Andy Dufresne had when he finally crawled out of the sewer to freedom and spreads his hands to heaven in the middle of the thunder-storm? That’s the feeling you get when you bite into one of these rolls. They are so piping hot and soft, and that raspberry honey-butter is just so good! My family of five finished off the first bowl in world record time, and were excited when our waiter agreed to bring us a second bowl. We had forgotten about even opening the menu to order food when we were already half way through the second bowl. Those rolls! That butter! This alone might just be worth the hour-long drive from Salt Lake City to Perry.
I went with the top of Maddox combo meal for my “dinner”. It was a filet mignon, a fried chicken breast, along with some fried shrimp. The meal came with corn on the cob, and I ordered some mashed potatoes with country gravy on the side.
I’ve had better “tasting” steaks before, but I don’t know if I have had many that were better “prepared” than Maddox Ranch House. The filet mignon I ordered to medium, and it came as advertised. Cutting bite size pieces was a breeze and the steak was delicious. I probably would have enjoyed it more if I wasn’t so stuffed from eating dinner rolls.
Maddox started out as a fried-chicken joint, and part of the combo came with a fried chicken breast. I found the light breading to be very tasty, while the chicken breast itself to be a little on the dry side. I had a few bites, but opted to give the little remaining room in my stomach to the steak. The shrimp was pretty standard. It didn’t make my wildest dreams come true, but they were decent. I probably bit off more than I could chew with this order, and there were many leftovers.
I really liked the country gravy that came along with the mashed potatoes. They did a good job complimenting the potatoes without overpowering them. They had a perfect thickness to them as well.
My son with the bison burger, but ended up finishing only about half of it. It was “okay” for a burger. I’ve had better, but it did taste freshly made, and the veggies were quality.
Overall with tip we ended up laying down about $100 for 3 adults, and 2 kids meals. It was a little steep for a casual dinner, but for those that want to treat themselves, very reasonable. We all had raspberry lemonades and some of their house made creme soda. I would stop by Maddox again alone for the sake of the dinner rolls and that honey butter. I’ve never had a better roll in my entire life.