A little way out but worth the drive, Malcolm’s Steakhouse is a true gem in the Antelope Valley.
Tucked off Pearblossom Highway, you will find a quaint little restaurant featuring breakfast, lunch and dinner with superb food and great service. At the moment, the road construction may make it slightly difficult to get there, but the food is definitely worth any imposition. It’s a mom and pop restaurant with a family charm all its own. The owner greets you as you walk in and stops by to check on you while you’re dining.
I invited my co-worker Jackie for lunch and I should have invited her husband Alan. He enjoys reading my weekly reviews, so I felt bad when I didn’t ask him to join us. No worries, the portions were large, so Jackie was able to take some home for him to try.
As we walked in and sat down in a comfy booth, we were asked for our drink order. They serve soft drinks as well as beer and wine, but since it was lunch, we had iced tea and soda. The menu has a great variety of breakfast, lunch and dinner options, but dinner is served after 3 p.m., so we concentrated on breakfast and lunch.
However, after reading the dinner menu with all the excellent-sounding items, I will be back to try dinner in the very near future. Just to give you a sampling of that menu, they feature steaks (rib eye, T-bone, filet), pork chops, grilled shrimp, fish and chips, pasta, plus quite a few appetizers.
It’s time to talk about all the wonderful food Jackie and I enjoyed: Bacon and eggs (two eggs and four slices of bacon) served with choice of country potatoes or hash browns and toast, English muffin or biscuits and gravy; Pearblossom pastrami (a whopping pile of tender meat served on their signature roll) served with fries; bacon cheeseburger (1/3 pound juicy patty topped special BBQ sauce) served with a side salad; Monte Cristo (three slices of French toast stuffed with turkey, ham, Swiss and American cheese, topped with powdered sugar) and served with choice of hash browns or country potatoes.
We thought it was odd that we found the Monte Cristo under “hot off the griddle” on the breakfast menu, but we quickly understood why, when it was brought to the table, but more about that later.
Our eggs came to the table exactly as I ordered (perfectly fried over medium) and the crisp bacon was amazing sweetness mixed with a slight saltiness to top off the flavor. Mix in fried-to-perfection hash browns, light fluffy biscuits smothered in a delicious savory gravy and there you have it — one simple but incredible breakfast dish.
While I’m writing about breakfast, let me tell you about the Monte Cristo sandwich, which would be a great alternative to a traditional breakfast sandwich. Malcolm’s has a slightly different take on it. The bread is generously egg-dipped and fried, then stuffed with thinly sliced ham, roasted turkey and cheese and topped with powdered sugar. It’s an enticing, flavorful sandwich combining sweet and savory. We nibbled on this all through lunch. We kept picking up a small piece at a time, until we decided we had enough and boxed the rest for Jackie’s husband. The large portion of seasoned, crispy on the outside, soft on the inside fried potatoes was heavenly, especially with the added bell peppers and thinly sliced caramelized onions. It’s a very filling, hearty plate. It makes perfect sense to be under “hot off the griddle” as it definitely works as a breakfast item.
Now it’s time to talk about lunch. We ordered from a menu full of different-style burgers, a nice variety of hot and cold sandwiches and melts, salads and soup. There’s a little something for everyone’s appetite. Our pastrami was hot, lean and juicy inside a very soft, fresh roll. I’m very picky about pastrami and this did not disappoint. Not only was there a generous amount, but it was so tender that it practically melted in our mouths. Sorry Alan, there was nothing left over from this tasty sandwich for Jackie to take home!
I saved my personal favorite for last, which would be the burger. Since I prefer Swiss to American cheese, I asked if I could substitute the two, which was no problem. The presentation was simple but the flavor was complex. This beautiful, delicious, juicy mess of a burger was a magical combination of everything yummy — sweet, bold and tangy BBQ sauce, crispy bacon, melted cheese and well-seasoned meat on top of a toasted bun. It was sheer perfection — a taste so good that I ate my half without the bun, so my palate would be able to taste each morsel the moment it entered my mouth.
Malcolm’s Steakhouse is located at 12746 Pearblossom Highway, Pearblossom, 661-485-7458 and is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday; from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and is closed Monday and Tuesday.
Don’t let the construction hinder you from going. It’s not only worth the drive, but also worth any inconvenience. Remember, if you get to Longview Road, you passed it, so turn right and go around the corner, you and your taste buds will be happy you did.