We went last Friday night, around 6pm, to try a new steakhouse. It is an enormous building, off of the N. Sam Houston Pkwy, with a large statue of (guess who?) Sam Houston at the front of the building. It is an incredibly impressive place that you could spend a lot of time browsing all the Texas memorabilia. It's elegant, yet casual, all at the same time. The dress code said men couldn't wear sleeveless shirts, or cut-offs. I thought that was an odd thing to have to say at a pricey steakhouse!
So we were seated promptly in a very large room with framed Texas flags all over the walls. Very lovely. Our waiter came over promptly, gave us menus and took our drink order. I just had iced tea, but my DH had a margarita. The waiter asked if he wanted the so & so (can't remember the name) top shelf one and he accepted that choice. Then we were served some water and bread, and offered appetizers, which we never order. The drinks came and our waiter asked if we had questions about the menu. The garlic mashed potatoes on the website say they have garlic, sweet corn (?), scallions, applewood smoked bacon & cheddar cheese. On the menu at the restaurant it did not list corn, thank heavens! But the concern was are all the ingredients mixed in or placed on top. He said they were added on top of the mashed potatoes, but if we wanted them withheld we could. I wanted it all but the DH just wanted bacon. For our entrees the DH got the Stephen Austin ribeye (12 oz.), and I got the David Burnett NY strip (14 oz.). They came with a dinner salad, but you could substitute a different salad for an additional charge. My DH got the dinner salad, but I got the wedge salad. I should have stuck with the dinner salad, which looked wonderful, full of spring greens, but the wedge was a bit too large, had some bitter yellow in it and was very cumbersome to eat. The dressing was homemade and very good, but most of it soaked into the yellow part so I had to flip it to get to the green and try to soak up the dressing.
We ordered our steaks medium rare, closer to rare. While we waited for our steak to arrive, which wasn't long, a room manager came over and introduced himself, and told us to let him know if we needed anything. That was a nice touch. The steaks arrived, and he asked us to please check them to see if they were cooked to our satisfaction, and they were perfect! Potatoes were very good, meat was moist and delicious. My DH kept raving about how juicy his steak was, but it was the cut of meat. Ribeyes are much fattier than strip steaks. I had no idea how large my steak was going to be, but it was huge. As a matter of fact all the portions were generous.
Our waiter kept all trash, from sugar wrappers, off the table, and checked on us often without hovering. Our water was refreshed often as well as my tea. We had to get take home boxes, because we just couldn't eat all of it. Then they brought the dessert tray. I think I gained 5 pounds just looking at it! Had to pass on that, but it was tempting!
Even with my DH's drink that cost $10, which he said was the best margarita ever, our total was about $85, which surprised me because my steak was around $38. We tipped well, thanked everyone involved, and wandered around looking at the Texas history all over the walls, and in display cases. My DH went into the bar, which was very beautiful, to compliment the bartender, and then we left. Good experience, and I have had leftover steak for 2 days!