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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Longhorn Steakhouse

Two years ago, when Drew and I drove from Florida to New York, we decided to stick with chain restaurants, but choosing only chains that we could not experience in NYC or Long Island.  Although Longhorn Steakhouse is popular in several states, for some reason we didn't get a chance to try one.

So when we found ourselves near the Queens Center Mall, we had to stop in for dinner.

There's a very extensive menu, featuring steaks, seafood, salads, burgers.  Add in the specials, and it can feel a bit overwhelming.

Instead of the usual white bread, we were served warm honey wheat bread with butter.  The bread was slightly sweet and very good,

We started with the Brew Pub Pretzel Sticks, four soft pretzels served with two dipping sauces.  The mustard was fantastic but I didn't care for the seasoning in the cheese dip -- too herbal.

Steaks are served with a salad and your choice of a side.  The salad was a nice mixture of vegetables, croutons and dressing.  

I ordered a "special" -- hickory salt crusted NY strip, finished with a butter sauce.  The steak was perfectly cooked, the sauce a nice accompaniment.  Drew's steak was so tasty that he didn't bother with his usual steak sauce.  Drew had mashed potatoes -- creamy and smooth.  I chose the corn on the cob -- grilled and served with Mexican crema.

Lots of leftovers, of course.  Like all chains the portions are huge.  And we were too full to consider any of the interesting desserts.

Service was friendly and efficient.

Be forewarned, though, that this is a relatively small restaurant.  We were there at an off hour, and were seated almost immediately, but I suspect the wait can be lengthy at peak times.  The parking lot, shared with the Olive Garden next door, is totally inadequate.

Overall we had a very nice dinner, and we're likely to go back if we find ourselves in that neighborhood again.

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