LongHorn Steakhouse, a chain that operates in Texas and pretty much everywhere east of here, recently opened its first Houston-area location in Sugar Land (a location in Pearland is coming this fall). It’s always exciting to have a new restaurant in the neighborhood, so the family and I recently went to check it out.
LongHorn Steakhouse is located at the intersection of US 59 and First Colony Boulevard. The atmosphere is casual, laid-back, Western — something along the lines of Texas Land & Cattle. The lighting is warm and the wood paneling, stone floors and brick accents, along with ranch-style wall decor, make you feel like you’ve walked into someone’s home.
We were impressed with the friendliness of the staff. We visited on a Sunday evening and were able to get a table for 4 with no problem.
LongHorn’s website has a lot of interesting information about the restaurant’s sustainability efforts and the ways in which they give back to the communities they serve. It’s great stuff, and I’m happy to have such a good corporate citizen in Sugar Land.
The earlier comparison to Texas Land & Cattle also gives you an idea of what to expect from the menu at LongHorn. There are actually quite a few choices, including several non-steak options. I also appreciate their “Flavorful Under 500” menu that highlights some of the healthier choices on the menu. In addition, nutritional information for all their menu items is posted on the website. Rock on, LongHorn. I wish all restaurants did this!
While we browsed the menu, our server brought hot bread to our table. We finally decided to try the Firecracker Chicken Wraps for our appetizer. These are almost like southwestern egg rolls, but were made with fried flour tortillas filled with chicken and cheese, and served with an avocado-based sauce for dipping. Not only do they look lovely, they were scrumptious! I’m not going to lie, y’all — we ate them all!
The kids’ menu had several choices, but all were pretty standard kids’ menu fare — chicken tenders (these can be ordered fried or grilled), burgers, grilled cheese, etc. Kid #1 chose the burger, while Kid #2 wanted mac & cheese. If you’ve been reading the blog for any amount of time, neither of these will come as a surprise to you! Kids’ meals come with 1% milk and a choice of broccoli or fries. Ok, seriously, what kid do you know that’s going to choose broccoli over fries? I’m sure there are some out there, but they don’t share my last name. Kid #1 thought the burger was ok — not his favorite, but not terrible. The mac & cheese is Kraft blue box, which is noted on the menu. There’s something that irks me about going to a restaurant and paying $4 or $5 for something that I can buy at the grocery store for less than half that price.
Hubby chose the Outlaw Ribeye – an 18 oz., bone-in hunk o’meat. All steaks are served with a salad and one side dish. He had the Caesar salad. It was serviceable, but nothing outstanding. The ribeye was definitely substantial in size and flavorful, but it was oversalted.
I chose one of LongHorn’s new dishes, the Fire-Grilled Flat Iron Steak, which promised to have the flavor of a sirloin. I had the house salad and ordered a loaded baked potato as my side dish. The house salad, like the Caesar, was good but nothing out of the ordinary. I wished it had more carrots. The steak was flavorful, but was too chewy for me. The baked potato was good, but a little on the small side.
For dessert, we couldn’t resist the Molten Lava Cake, one of the “seasonal” specials. Apparently, lava is in season during the summer? :D It came with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream, and we couldn’t stop scooping this dessert into our mouths!
We were excited to try LongHorn Steakhouse, but we were a little let down by the experience. We were quite pleased with the service. Our waiter, like the hostess staff at the front door, was friendly and brought drink refills for the kids before they even reached empty. But, on the whole, the food was ok, but not great. The appetizer and dessert were probably the two best parts of the meal, but the steaks themselves weren’t all that great and this is, after all, a steakhouse.