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Review of Texas Roadhouse, Kingston, NY

georgeb | Jun 3, 200808:40 AM

Recently opened, Texas Roadhouse is part of a chain, with 300 restaurants around the country.

My favorite Tex-Mex restaurant is closed on Mondays, so I visited the new store (located on Route 9W near the Kohls department store) last Monday.

My first impression was that they were really pushing the steaks hard as you walk in the door, asking if you want to pick out your piece of meat and have it started on the grill before you sit down.

My second impression was the loudness of this place. This is not the place to have a conversation. Lots of whooping and hollering and very loud country and western music ("I like both kinds of music: Country AND Western!") and during one song (I suppose that it is a signature song) they have even more wooping and hollering and extremely loud music while the waitrons (dressed in denim and T-shirts) did line dancing in the aisles between the tables. They had a huge number of staff, on a Monday night numbering at least 50 or 60 waiters, waitresses, servers, hostesses, cooks, etc.

Since I was there to eat, I decided to try a "Country Fried Chicken", with mashed potatoes and country gravy, having lived in Texas and in Oklahoma in a past life. For a drink I had sweet tea (iced tea that is already sweetened.) The meal was delivered to me after about a 10 minute wait, during which I observed the festivities, including a person in a large armadillo mascot outfit (with the big floppy hat and all!)

After having eaten chicken fried steak and country fried chicken all over the southwest, I have to say that this had the weirdest taste I could imagine in a CFS. The gravy had a sweet taste to it, almost like they had added sugar to the gravy as it was cooking. The chicken was breaded and cooked well, but the gravy is an integral part of the combination and the taste put me off. (Of the other chains that do CFS, I tend to prefer the Chili's rendition, although they only have steak and not chicken.)

The website of the chain is http://www.texasroadhouse.com, and you can look at the menus from around the country, where you will discover that they charge more (as much as an extra dollar per item) in New York for most of their meals than they do in other locations.

Overall, I give this particular restaurant location a C, but if you just want to get rowdy and drink and make believe that you are in Texas, you might just end up giving it a B+.

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