I was headed up to Omaha from OKC yesterday, and I passed a Montana Mike’s sign on the interstate. I had always intended to try one of those restaurants, a friend had recommended it, and I thought there was one in Topeka. Unfortunately, I was not correct. I decided to go to Longhorn Steakhouse instead.
This Longhorn was the first one I ever ate at, maybe a couple years ago. I liked it, and then realized when I was at another one (in O’Fallon, IL) that they were a chainlet. I griped in another blog entry that Longhorn was another in the list of restaurants that smaller cities had, but OKC did not (that’s not true now, there is a Longhorn in OKC along Memorial Road).
I have had a chicken fried steak and a ribeye steak in previous visits, and have been impressed.
In this case, I had another ribeye. It was perfect. When the steak arrived it was medium rare (I almost always order medium), and since it got there very quickly I just let it rest, and by the time I finished my salad it had finished cooking to what I might call the low end of medium.
The start was a salad, with a lot of stuff I don’t usually eat and end up dumping. I dumped out diced tomatoes and cucumbers. I left the cheese and egg and carrots. The ranch dressing was outstanding! I got extra and scarfed every bit of it.
Once the steak had cooked a bit, it was simply perfect. It had a bit of black pepper rub on the outside, but not so much that it destroyed the flavor. That was one tasty steak.
It also came with a good baked potato.
My server was extremely friendly (he shook my hand coming and going), and hung around just enough to keep the tea filled (and it was excellent iced tea) and to make sure I had what I needed.
All in all, it was a really good meal. I got there around 1730, and the place wasn’t 15% full. By the time I left around 1845, it was about 90% full. It wasn’t too loud, either. A great eating experience. My check was $21.58 before an $8 tip.