Monday, December 30, 2013

(Too lazy to write another reflection, so I'm just gonna post my review lol.)

This place is hands down my favorite casual steakhouse. 
There's nothing like some good ol Saltgrass (complete with bolo ties and cowboy decor) when I'm missing my Texas steak (and not feeling like breaking my wallet).
Except every dang time I fall for their freshly baked bread and marginally sweet butter. And then I realize we hadn't even gotten to the appetizers yet.

We got the Lone Starters Sampler (which had 5 of their popular appetizers) to start out with. Apparently their stuffed jalapenos are really popular, but everyone at the table just said they were really spicy. Go figure. The Lemon Pepper Zucchini is pretty reminiscent of tempura but a bit more flavorful, and the ARTICHOKE AND SPINACH DIP oh my lord give me moreeeeee. The French Fried Onions are thin and measly looking onion ring crisps, but don't let that fool you - the subtle crunch makes them all the more addicting. Yet alas, woe to me for I did not know they also came with the steak entrees. Oh poor, silly self who stuffed herself too much before her main meal even came.

Anyways, I also always forget to ask for my salad dressing on the side - honestly, with such savory entrees, I would highly recommend going lighter on the salad.

Yet all mistakes aside, once you take your first bite of steak...all is well with the world. Always cooked to the perfect tenderness and drizzled with just the right amount of artery-clogging butter, Saltgrass steaks are honestly some of the best I've ever had for their prices.

And they don't skimp on the sides either! My favorites are the sweet potato and asparagus, but you really can't go wrong with any of them. (I very much appreciate how they don't over-season their steak fries.)
Unfortunately, this time I felt like dessert was the most anticlimactic part of the meal. The carrot cake was dry and crumbly and the crème brûlée too thick and custardy for my taste. The skillet cookie-brownie-ice cream combo was decent, but by the time I got to the cookie (basically bathing in its own oil) I had already felt like I had consumed enough trans fat to last me the next couple weeks, so that probably also detracted from its appeal.

If you still haven't fully understood the state my stomach was in, I ran 2 miles the next morning and still felt full. But please, don't let that deter you from going - Saltgrass is totally worth the food coma.


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