Monday, October 27, 2014

Restaurant Review: Longhorn Steakhouse

Larry and I were invited to try out some new and tried & true Longhorn Steakhouse favorites a couple of weeks ago. We headed down to the Rookwood location in Cincinnati. 

It's one of the oldest Longhorn Steakhouse's in the city- on the other end of the spectrum - the Northgate location by me is one of the newest!

And if you ever forget where you are - just look above the bar...you'll quickly remember.

We started with a warm, fresh loaf of bread. I always love the bread at these places - the center is so soft and the outside is so crisp. Good stuff! 

And now - appetizer time! I have to say - I don't usually get appetizers at steakhouses - with salads and bread and sides - who needs them? Oh my - apparently I do! First up were the Brew Pub Pretzel Sticks with Sam Adams beer cheese & bacon honey mustard ($6.29). These were delicious - very comparable to the ones I had in Indy at the Colts Grille. Crispy on the outside - and the dips - so good! The beer cheese would typically be my favorite (and it was good) but the bacon honey mustard was fantastic!  

Next up was the Wild West Shrimp ($9.49) with hand-battered shrimp, garlic butter, spicy peppers and housemade ranch. My friend Lou LOVES this app and it's her favorite. I did like it - it's so snackable!

These Spicy Chicken Bites ($4.99) packed a punch! Crispy chicken bites tossed in a chili-ginger sauce. I loved these - they were spicy and crispy. It was like what chicken nuggets should be like!

The Sweet Corn Fritters ($3.99) were a bit hit as well amongst the group. I liked them but they weren't my favorite. It seems like all the things I'd like - but I just liked the spicy of the chicken and the honey mustard with the pretzels better.

The manager stopped by to tell us about their steak options and even gave us a little quiz on the restaurant. (We were too busy eating to study the menu - oops.) He talked to us about his history with the company and the experience of his staff. It's pretty amazing - sounds like a pretty good place to work too!

We got the Blue Ridge Side Salad ($5.49) - um wow - I don't even like bleu cheese and this was great! There was a lot of dressing though - maybe a little heavy. It's a large salad as well - that's a lot of romaine. But man - was it good!

They also (for a charge) do a tableside steak sauce. They come and mix all this stuff together on this little hot plate and blam-o - you have steak sauce. It was very zingy and a little bit of spice. 

We had 3 steaks to choose from for the evening. Larry tried the Renegade Sirloin and a sweet potato ($11.99). I had a bite of his and was surprised at how juicy it was. I'm a big ribeye fan - but this was pretty darned good (and actually I liked it more than my...

Outlaw Ribeye! ($24.99). I ordered it medium instead of my normal medium rare (I was sharing with a friend). I also didn't love the char on the outside - sometimes I don't like that taste on there. Larry's renegade was delicious - I just think I like a medium rare steak and can't budge for anybody! (Sorry Kristen - no more sharing - haha).

For my side I went with their potato and leek gratin. Honestly I was too full to really enjoy it - so I tried a bite or two and did like it - I'd get it again if I went on a regular visit. It's nice to have something other than a baked or mashed potato. Fancy sides are yum!

Why did I share anyway? Oh yeah - so I could have some of the special Harvest Mushroom Filet ($21.99) - a center cut filet with a bordelaise sauce and a trio of mushrooms. Even though it was medium - it was really good. That filet was tender and juicy - just the way it's meant to be.

Yowza - some people were ready to handle dessert - I was done for the night - but I did try a bite of each. The Chocolate Stampede ($8.49) was definitely my favorite - the cake was surprisingly light with a lot of mousse rather than a lot of heavy. Definitely a dessert meant to be shared!

The other option was their Pumpkin Spice Lava Cake ($6.99) - everybody raved about it. I had one bite and it was good - but I was definitely too full for it. Luckily there were other folks that were more than excited to take leftovers home. :-)

Why Should You Go? Actually I went back the next night - so yeah - you should go back. I resisted the temptation to get those pretzel sticks again. I went for chicken tenders (the girls had raved about them) and they were right - they are delicious and a huge portion! I had enough for lunch the next day (I did have the honey mustard again!). Larry had his Renegade Sirloin again and loved it just as much! Enjoy!

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Disclosure: Longhorn Steakhouse provided the meal for us but all opinions are my own.
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