Restaurant Review: The Steak House
Delicious food, inviting atmosphere and reasonable prices add up to a great meal.
When you hear the words “steak house,” images of dark wood, red wine, and thick, juicy steaks come to mind. Anything less would be disappointing. Having never been to The Steak House at 650 Henderson Dr., I brought my usual expectations and am glad to say I was not disappointed.
The hostess greeted my husband and me with a warm smile and led us to a comfortable booth. We ordered the house merlot, which arrived promptly along with ice water and fresh rolls. The rolls were warm, brushed with butter, and I appreciated how quickly they came to the table.
We reviewed the impressive menu, which included everything from salmon to chicken livers to prime rib, and decided to take advantage of the Tuesday and Wednesday night special, in which two people can dine for $20.99. This includes an appetizer, two salads and two entrees. We placed our orders and enjoyed the atmosphere as we sipped our wine and nibbled on bread.
Country music played at an appropriate level; not so loud that you couldn’t hear your company talking, but loud enough so that you could hum along. The place was fairly empty, though, to be fair, we did go at 5 p.m. on a Wednesday, and I imagine it would be a great spot on a Friday night. The other patrons on this night seemed to be having a good time and lingering over their meals. I saw a few burgers go by that looked thick and enticing.
Our salads arrived first, followed a few minutes later by an appetizer of fried pickles. It should be noted that we asked for our salads without the bacon, so these pictures do not accurately reflect what you would normally get on a small house salad. While the salads were fresh and sprinkled with fun little potato sticks, the fried pickles really stood out. The batter was crispy and light, and the pickles were fried to a pale golden brown. Ranch dipping sauce was served on the side.
Our entrees came next. My husband ordered the top sirloin and green beans. He described his steak as “mouthwatering, juicy, a little salty but overall delicious. Cooked medium-rare, perfectly.” His green beans were plentiful, and though he thought they were just a tad overcooked, they were exactly how I would have liked them, so I think this is just a matter of personal preference.
I ordered the grilled chicken, which came smothered in mushrooms, peppers, onions and provolone cheese with a sweet potato on the side. I had the option of having my potato plain or “loaded,” and I opted for loaded with the fixings on the side, as you can see in the picture.
My meal was delicious as well, and I ate every bite. The chicken was moist and savory. I would order it again, though I might ask for it without the cheese next time just because it was a little rich on the heels of the yummy fried pickles.
The waitstaff was attentive and energetic without being annoying. Plates were removed when empty and waters refilled often. The manager stopped by our table to see if we were enjoying everything and informed us that their Thursday night special includes all you can eat fried or grilled shrimp or white fish with fries, hushpuppies and coleslaw for $9.95. They have specials other nights of the week as well, but they change regularly. Any time you want to know what’s new, you can check out their Facebook page, which is updated regularly.
If you are in the mood for an authentic steak house experience, I recommend The Steak House. It’s casual enough to bring your kids, classy enough to bring your clients, and you won’t break the bank. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 4 to 10 p.m.