The Belle of the Boulevard and I had to make a quick trip over to Florida's east coast recently. We had booked a room at a Palm Bay hotel that, unfortunately, had neither a bar nor a restaurant. As luck would have it, as we pulled in to the hotel parking lot we spied a Texas Roadhouse smack dab right at the front door. "Hot damn!" we cried in unison - a blessed bar and restaurant. We decided check-in could wait.
We had dined at the Texas Roadhouse in Lima, Ohio a few years ago and loved it. The prices were reasonable and the steaks were brag-worthy. We parked our buggy close to the front door and wandered in. Since it was barely four o'clock we were seated immediately. From past experience we knew the joint would be jumping in a few hours with an hour or more wait, so it was well that we decided to dine early.
Once inside the steakhouse we realized that we could be anywhere: Lima, Wesley Chapel, Palm Bay, or any of the other 450 or so locations around the world. The decor is pert near the same and we were presented with that never ending bucket of peanuts ... not the same ones we had in Ohio apparently, since these were fresh roasted. But, enough of this jibber-jabber. I came for the steaks.
The first order of business was a couple of ice cold brews to wash away the trials and tribulations of a three hour road trip. After that, we placed our order with our very competent server, James. We dallied a bit over our two included salads - house for her and Caesar for me.
The Road Kill was declared to be juicy, full of flavorful and cooked to order. There is not a lot to be said about chopped steak other than it was filling and satisfying and with two sides was a pocket pleasing $9.99.
Talk about pocket pleasing, my 20 ounce bone-in ribeye for a measly $24.99 with two sides was not only easy on the wallet, but was packed with tender, juicy, flavorful perfection.
We waddled out of this Texas Roadhouse after paying a total of $52.97 with an added 20% for James. Shoot-fire, I've paid that much for a lousy steak served at other venues in and around Tampa Bay, so this was a real treat.