Today, I enter the world of blogging with some trepidation. I am setting out on a long journey soon, and wanted a place to share my gastronomic point of view as I cross the country. I gingerly stuck my toe in the water this evening by making notes on the meal I shared tonight with my family. We ventured into Longhorn Steakhouse in Greenville, SC. Surprisingly, for a Friday night in our neck of the woods, we only had a 10-minute wait. Our waittress Melissa was very attentive and helpful. My strawberry limeade was a bit watered down, but the general flavor was good. I ordered the "new" crab stuffed filet with mixed vegetable and mashed potatoes. There was a good bit of speculation among us that the crab did not originate in a shell, as the texture was odd and the flavor quite fishy. The layer of spinach and the herb cream sauce were both good. There was a fabulous sear on the well-done filet, although I suspect the use of blackening seasonings, as the crust was surprisingly spicy though not unbearable. My filet was melt-in-your-mouth delicious and not at all dry as well-done beef can sometimes be. I will die of shock if I ever actually get a side of mixed vegetables that has not had all the life cooked out of it and lies soggy on my plate. There has to be a better way to hold vegetables over for service. The mashed potatoes had a good flavor, but the texture was a bit thick and "gluey". My guess is a mix of real and packaged potatoes.
Entree: Fabulous filet, but tell them to leave the crab in the kitchen
Service: Very good, although I can't help wondering if she thought I was a secret shopper as I madly scribbled notes between bites!
I will very likely return, as I am very much a meat and potatoes girl and love a good steak. That was the best I have had since I can't remember when. I plan to try the ribeye next time.
Always try something new!