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Our villa is situated at the far end of the 192 about a mile before it meets the 27. The Longhorn Steakhouse had often been recommended to us by friends who raved about the steaks. Until recently the nearest one has been quite a drive away which often you do not want to do at the end of a long day at the Parks.
However early in 2009 a Longhorn Steakhouse opened in the new retail park on the 192 Rolling Oaks Common which is only about 2 miles for our villa. We decided to go on our last trip over but I must admit having been a fan of the Outback restaurant and its great steaks at nearby Formosa Gardens we were not prepared to be impressed, how wrong we were!
Longhorn’s state ”Out West, folks work hard, play hard, and in the process work up quite an appetite for hearty food and authentic and that is why at LongHorn, we' ve taken the best of the West and created a relaxed atmosphere where you can enjoy the premium beef, chicken, seafood, pork, ribs, fresh salads and tempting desserts. ” They are right it really is a great dining experience.
My Father and I visited one evening when the restaurant was busy but the service was first class from the moment we entered.
For starter my Father had the Longhorn Shrimp and Lobster Dip which was shrimp and lobster baked with mozzarella, smoked gouda and sun-dried tomatoes. This mouth watering dish was served with red, white & blue tortilla!
I opted for the Firecracker Chicken wraps as I fancied something spicy and I was not disappointed. These were crispy, fried flour tortillas stuffed with spicy grilled chicken and cheese and came with a lovely cooling avocado-lime dipping sauce.
We both decided on steak with my choice being the 9oz Big Sky Filet which I had cooked medium and it came topped with a bleu cheese crust with a red wine sauce. My Father was obviously hungry as he had their 18 oz. USDA Choice bone-in ribeye with special seasonings and grilled over an open flame. We both had to agree that despite our initial prejudices the steaks really were slightly better than the ones at Outback that we had always enjoyed.
We found that we both had room for desserts Father having his usual Key Lime Pie and I had the Caramel Apple Goldrush which I can really recommend. This was sliced apples tossed in cinnamon, butter and brown sugar and baked in a pastry shell. This was warm with vanilla ice cream and bourbon-caramel and raspberry sauces, it really was to die for!
If you like steaks you will not be disappointed if you visit a Longhorn Restaurant.
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