|Bacon wrapped potato wedges|
One quick peeve of mine: I'm not happy when I order iced tea and I'm given a straw instead of iced tea spoon. I realize it's a cost issue & respect a restaurateur's choice. However, from the diner's perspective I would like to say that it doesn't work as well as a long iced tea spoon & it is not right for a steakhouse. I respectfully suggest The Longhorn Steakhouse re-examine this soon.
|12 oz Ribeye, Medium, with a loaded|
Tony was a good server. The service was visible but not too intrusive. I also noted that a manager was circulating & backing up the staff. The staff made callbacks in a timely fashion, and kept my iced tea filled. Tony also offered me more bread, which I heartily accepted. I'll also say this: Tony clearly had taken time to learn about the steakhouse and the meat they served, and offered a lot of information--i.e. the kind of cattle, the kinds of cuts they used and how it was sourced. Whomever does their server training did a fine job with him.
I will also say this: The Longhorn Steakhouse offers the comfort of the familiar like any chain does. However, they offer this alongside good steaks that are prepared properly, Unlike some other steakhouse chains, they also seem to get how Texans like their steaks in a semi-casual environment. I think they'll find a place here in Houston alongside TXLC & Salt Grass. They're not Morton's or Vic & Anthony's, nor are they trying to be. And they know how to cook a good steak to order.
The Foodie Professor's Report Card
|Texas Cowboy Kitsch at The Longhorn Steakhouse|
Baked Potato: B (should have been larger, with more toppings)
Atmosphere: Cowboy Kitsch & Zane Grey novel covers: B+
Dining Area: B+
Men's Room: B
Overall Grade: A-
The Longhorn steakhouse has 2 more locations slated to open in the Greater Houston Area soon. I went to the one at:
16746 Southwest Freeway
Sugar Land, TX 77479
11:00 AM to 10:00 PM
11:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Zao An, Y'all!