My taste buds have been sending signals to the brain that there was an incredible craving for a bone-in rib eye steak going on in my mouth. The brain sent back a message that we are getting really tired of paying an arm and leg for a mediocre, or tougher than shoe leather, hunk of meat.
Allow me to mention a couple of prime examples of low quality and high prices: Eddie V's chewy center 22 ounce U.S. Prime (?) for $46. At Malio's I encountered the toughest, most devoid of flavor rib eye I have ever
had. Even that fatty edge of the rib eye was tough and dry. I left over half of that $46.57 steak
untouched. Then there was the
Loraine, our charming server, told us about the super Longhorn special: 3-Course Steak Dinner with a pick 1 of 7 sides. And the Honey Wheat bread? Unlimited! This special included the salad, a loaded baked potato, and the 7 ounce Flo's Filet that my bride was going to order anyway. And, for dessert, the Peanut Butter Cup Sundae. The total for all of this food came to $19.99.
Was it worth almost twenty dollars? Oh, hell to the yes! That 3 course feast would have set us back close to $70 at any number of high end restaurants in the Bay area. The filet was juicy and tender, and cooked to mouth-watering perfection. The spud was a baked potato lover's dream; it was light and fluffy, and loaded with flavor.
My 18 ounce bone-in Outlaw Rib Eye was, without a doubt, one of the very best steaks I have ever had. It was cooked to a perfect medium rare, slathered with a dollop of melted butter, and was unbelievably tender from start to the bone-gnawing finish. There was no gristle and just a miniscule amount of fat. Oh my gosh, that was heaven on a plate, and it didn't cost $50. How about $23.99!
Loraine brought a whole bottle of ketchup for my crispy fries, not just the tiny tub I got at Grille One Sixteen - another nice touch.
Both of us were very pleased and amazed at the quantity and quality of the food. The price point was proof that the discerning diner doesn't have to pay a freakin' fortune for good food. Just because it is expensive does not guarantee quality. That's a little factoid that appears to be lost on many restauranteurs in and around Tampa. To put it another way, "Don't p--s down my back and tell me it's raining." ~ from The Outlaw Josey Wales
This wasn't a $200 or $300 dinner. Our total came to $92.85. We tacked on 20% for Loraine.
Another ooops! Almost forgot the scrumptious dessert.
Walking from Longhorn to our car, we may have stumbled upon the resting place of Jimmy Hoffa: