In a different thread, Tom in Austin said:
Tom in Austin>"On the subject of steakhouse chains with an Austin presence that are better than Roy's, here are a few off the top of my head.
I'd rather go to Ruth's Chris, Fleming's, Eddie V's, Sullivan's, McCormick & Schmick, Houston's, and Outback."
In the price point of Houston's, Outback, etc., I've had the best steak at Carrabba's on 183 near Duval. I always crave red meat after a trip across the pond, but a friend wanted to eat at Carrabba's.
Ordered the "Filet Fiorentina" with "the Chicken Bryan topping" i.e., with the goat cheese with sun-dried tomato topping. The filet arrived exactly cooked to medium rare, grilled with the right amount of seasoning, and the goat cheese w/ sun-dried tomatoes was a perfect accent to a great steak.
I asked the server how it was prepared on their grill so I could try to duplicate it on my Big Green Egg (it's a grill http://www.biggreenegg.com/ ). She called the manager when the questions got too detailed. He sat down and talked with us for 15 minutes or so.
Their calimari has also always been excellent - never tough, lightly battered, tasty tomato sauce on the side.
The other huge plus to Carrabba's for us late-night roamers is they stay open late - 11 on weekends, 10 during the week.