Longhorn Steakhouse – Waterford Lakes

Longhorn Steakhouse – Waterford Lakes

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Longhorn Steakhouse, situated in our favorite mega outdoor mall/weekend babysitter for juveniles – Waterford Lakes Town Center – is stylized after the often-romanticized Wild West, adorned with photos, saddles, signs to the corral, the whole roundup of cowboy paraphenalia in a recreation of a dark wood-framed and dimly-lit Western saloon.

America has long had wet dreams about its ambitions to “Go Westward, young man” and beyond via the sometimes harsh expansionist doctrine of manifest destiny (basically that everything west of the Appalachians is ours, so scram Native Americans, Frenchies, Spaniards, Chinamen, et. al). Yearning for a time of gun slingers, and saloons, dust and tumbleweed when America was in its age of prepubescence, no longer a colony and not yet a global empire, only beginning to take its first steps into the unknown vis a vis the Oregon Trail (and its damned, perilous fording, river-crossing oxen).

The images of adventure, cowboys, and great steaks are forever intertwined in the American psyche.

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Yes, Longhorn is a chain but it is a locally owned chain? and the steaks here are pretty good comparably. This Longhorn Steakhouse, one of many owned by the Darden Restaurant group, has pretty good consistent service and the owner/manager often walks around to check up on you as you dine.

On this occasion, we are celebrating a family member’s birthday. (Shout out: If you need a birthday gift, I recommend the Unique Image stall at the Florida Mall where they do engravings and dogtags etc. for pretty cheap, email uniqueimage.fl@gmail.com).

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Caeser Salad at Longhorn Steakhouse
The birthday girl orders the 7oz. Flo’s Filet and Lobster Tail. The filet was good but the lobster tail, as things are sometimes at chains, overseasoned and way too salty. You would hope for the price that you pay it would be perfect.

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My cousin Helen orders the healthy Longhorn Salmon on a bed of seasoned rice.

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For my entree, I opt to share a outlaw ribeye steak with my cousin Kevin. It is a considerably large and savory 18 oz. cut of USDA prime ribeye, seasoned and cooked to order medium rare. The steak is tender and moist, with a dab of melted butter on top, flavorful from the grill and seasonings and fattiness of the cut.

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Overall, Longhorn Steakhouse is a pretty good, though sometimes inconsistent, better-than-Outback, steakhouse for dinner. Leaving Longhorn’s, this cowboy is content to ride out into the sunset, with a head towards the western skies and a satisfied tummy full with food.

Tasty Chomps rating

4.5 out of 5 TASTY CHOMPS!!!!

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Ricky Ly founded TastyChomps.com in 2008 as a local Orlando food blog dedicated to finding the tastiest bits and pieces of Orlando as well as around the world. His first book, Food Lovers' Guide to Orlando: The Best Restaurants, Markets & Local Culinary Offerings (Food Lovers' Series) is available now on Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com. Photography is taken using a Canon EOS 6D and a Sony Nex-3. In 2017, he was inducted into the Orlando Sentinel's Culinary Hall of Fame. He is also featured in the Orlando Sentinel's Central Florida 100, a weekly opinion column featuring 100 of the most influential people in local government, politics and culture. In 2018, he was chosen by the Orlando Weekly as one of the "Ten People Making Orlando a Better Place to Be." E-mail him at tastychomps(at)gmail.com. Google

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