Tuesday, December 6, 2011

At Least We Eat Good!

Even the Texas Longhorns have the Christmas Spirit!
It’s December, and that means many failed shopping trips to the city for the Kahuna family! We will leave with the best of intentions and return the sourest of souls. We will eat at real sit-down restaurants hoping to revive our weary bodies before the crowds break our spirits and send us back to the country with our tails between our legs and without completed shopping lists.

The first of these trips this year lead us to the Saltgrass steak house in Colorado Springs. An eclectic decor of Texas road-side bar, 1980’s style Cattleman’s Club mixed with a healthy dose of hunting lodge, the restaurant is certainly fun.

Bread made with Shiner Bock Beer and drinks.
Drinks are a chore amidst their plethora of house made frozen specialties and punches served in mason jars. I opted for the Texas Tea. Basically a very smooth and refreshing Long Island Iced Tea, but served in a 24oz mug. If you order 2, you’d better be a big boy or have a driver! This is potentially my favorite of all Long Island style drinks, so I always skip the beer for this monster refresher!

Also making it’s way to our table was a tall slender glass filled with a frozen concoction called the Loan Star Swirl. Very tasty with Midori and Strawberry puree.

They say that Insanity is repeating your actions exactly and expecting a different result. Well..... GUILTY!

I have loved the steaks at Saltgrass since day one. I rave about how juicy and tender they are. They have the ultimate flavor and so on and so forth. But something was amiss this snowy day in December. My steak was nearly raw, of unrecognizable cut and tasted like.... Well... A Denny’s steak. Really not good! Damn sure not worth $20.

The Saltgrass T-Bone. As good as it looks!
 Being a Landry’s branded restaurant, I expected better than.... wait. The last steak I had here was awful too. What gives?

“I just know I like the steaks here,” I told Jessica.
“You always like MY steak,” She said. “You keep ordering those damn RibEyes and you never like them here.”

Ahhhh. She had a point! I’m insane!

The atmosphere, the appetizers, the drinks and the food are all great, just not MY food!

This almost NEVER happens to me! I always order well. That is to say I nearly always end up with what I want on my plate.

We will return, and likely soon. But I will be ordering something other than a RibEye and we will see what happens!

Allrecipes.com gives us this recipe for Texas Tea. (It’s darn close to the Saltgrass)
1/2 fluid ounce vodka
1/2 fluid ounce amber rum
1/2 fluid ounce gold tequila
1/2 fluid ounce triple sec liqueur
1/4 cup sweet-and-sour cocktail mix
1/4 cup cola-flavored carbonated beverage


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