I didn’t plan for this week to be titled “Steak Week”. It just happened because most of the food I’ve eaten for the past couple days has been steak. Furthermore, I plan on eating steak again on Saturday with my parents. So with 5 (possibly 6) meals out of the week being based on one of nature’s finest meats, it would only make sense to title this week as “Steak Week”.
The decision to dine at Longhorn Steakhouse was primarily made due to the gift certificate I received from my employer for appreciation of the work I’ve been doing. Haley wanted to use it last weekend but I told her we should save it for a rainy day when neither of us wants to cook. Tuesday ended up being that “rainy day”. Giving her the option for Red Lobster or Longhorn, she chose the latter.
Longhorn Steakhouse is chain that was founded in Atlanta, GA in 1981 and is owned by Darden Restaurants. Darden Restaurants also owns such familiar restaurant chains such as Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Seasons 52, Bahama Breeze, and The Capital Grille. Styled in a Western/Texan theme with stone and brick architecture, all Longhorn Steakhouse restaurants are lavishly decorated with items such as pictures, paintings, mounted antlers, and various cowboy-related apparel.
Since the meal was free, we ended up getting larger steaks than necessary so that we could have leftovers for the next day. For example, Haley usually just gets a 6 – 8 oz steak but she instead got the 12 oz portion. I myself opted for the 18 oz Bone-In Outlaw Ribeye when I could have been content with just a 12 oz boneless version. In addition, I ordered one of their special appetizers for the evening: Grilled White Cheddar Stuffed Mushrooms. Because of all that, the bill total was skewed slightly higher than average for a total of ~$57, not including tip.
As with most steakhouses, you get a free loaf of bread for an appetizer with butter. The bread served at Longhorn is round loaf of Honey Wheat. About the size of a baby’s head, it was more than enough bread for the both of us and was served with plain butter. Warm and freshly baked, it was a good way to start the meal.
With every entree at Longhorn, you automatically get a salad and one other side. I wasn’t really digging a salad that evening but I was too lazy to ask our waitress if you could substitute it for something else. Considering the à la carte price of a side salad is $3.99 (the most expensive side dish), I don’t see why you couldn’t. Regardless, I ordered my Outlaw Ribeye with a mixed green salad, bleu cheese dressing on the side, and a baked potato with butter only.
The salad was just a simple side salad with lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, cheese, and croutons. The croutons were extra flavorful and buttery. The bleu cheese dressing had lots of bleu cheese chunks but it was a bit watery. Had I known that, I would have opted for another dressing. But as I mentioned before, I didn’t really want a salad that evening and only ate about a third of it.
The Grilled White Cheddar Stuffed Mushrooms finally arrived while I was snacking on pieces of sweet honey wheat bread. Presented on a long plate with various diameters of mushroom caps, the mushrooms were blanketed by a sheet of finely melted cheese with various charred bubbles and parsley flakes on top. Within each mushroom cap was a white cheddar sauce with a sharp and pungent flavor. Despite the simplicity of this appetizer, I really liked it a lot and Haley enjoyed eating the melted cheese around the mushroom caps.
Finally my Outlaw Ribeye arrived with a dollop of butter atop of it next to a semi-naked baked potato. Before I could start taking pictures of it, our waitress had us cut into the steak before she walked away to make sure it was cooked to our specifications. I preferred mine medium rare and it was cooked to my specification. I understand it’s a precautionary measure but I haven’t had an incorrectly cooked steak in a while… then again I probably just jinxed myself so I’m knocking on my wooden desk.
The potato was just a potato with butter. While I was charged the price of a loaded baked potato, I decided against it because I like the simplistic flavor of butter, salt, and pepper in my baked potatoes.
Ribeye steaks tend to have a lot of fat, but that is partially why I like them so much because it gives beef a lot flavor. But on occasion, that fat can be a little much and the Outlaw Ribeye was no exception. The edges of the steak had big pockets of charred fat and after eating a couple bites of the steak with the fat, I had enough and I trimmed around it. With the fatty part aside, the meat was seasoned well and very filling.
Although my meal was free, the price to dine at Longhorn was a little more expensive than I expected (even with the selection of larger steaks). While I don’t normally go to Longhorn when it comes to mid-range, chain steakhouses, I found the appetizers and steaks to be pretty good. Overall I enjoyed my dining experience at Longhorn Steakhouse and I’ll definitely consider them the next time I get a hankering for a steak.
2821 Medical Center Parkway
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Bill Total: $56.77 For Two