Longhorn Steakhouse (Rookwood) – Fall into Flavor

Yes, I’ve blogged about Longhorn Steakhouse before. However, I was invited to a Blogger’s dinner, a couple of weeks ago, to taste their new “Fall into Flavor” menu. Just coming back from my Mediterranean Cruise (yes, I had to get that in there!), I was totally down for some American cookin’! And, better yet, cooking I didn’t have to do! 😉

In addition to amazing service and a lesson on steaks, we were treated to some pretty awesome food.

Sweet Corn Fritters

Sweet Corn Fritters

Golden and super crispy – kind of like a sweeter hush puppy. I, of course, enjoyed the dipping sauce.

Brew Pub Pretzel Sticks

Brew Pub Pretzel Sticks

My best friend is a pretzel eating freak! She would have loved these.  See that little ramekin, filled with yellow goodness? THAT is the best honey mustard in the whole world. Yes, the honey mustard that comes with my beloved chicken fingers.

Wild West Shrimp

Wild West Shrimp

If we do get an appetizer, at Longhorn, this is one that we order. I love the spicy shrimp with the peppers. It’s not quite Bang Bang Shrimp status, but they’re very good.

Spicy Chicken Bites

Spicy Chicken Bites

The chicken itself is delicious because it’s handcrafted at Longhorn. I wasn’t crazy about the sauce and the dipping sauce choice. It needed something.

After all of that greasy goodness, we needed a little healthiness.

Bleu Ridge Wedge Salad

Bleu Ridge Wedge Salad

I have ranted and raged against the wedge salad time and time again. To me, it’s iceburg lettuce with some dressing on it. I find it ridiculous to spend a lot of money on one. However, this one was really delicious (that just hurt my heart a little to admit that). The bleu cheese was chunky and homemade. It had LOTS of bacon on it. Yes, I’m a fan of the bacon. I added a crapton of pepper and it was tasty.

Big moment – we got our choices of steaks! (Fresh, never frozen – corn fed cattle)

Fresh Steaks

Being a LADY, I got a filet. 😉 Seriously, I don’t know that I would order another steak. Typically, at Longhorn, I get salmon or chicken fingers. I’m just that person that will always order seafood, first.

Harvest Mushroom Filet

Harvest Mushroom Filet

It was, of course, good. I never met a filet I didn’t like.

They, also, made (at the table!) some steak sauce. It tasted like a combination between A-1 and Lea and Perrins steak sauce.

Making Steak Sauce

But, I’m always a sucker for action at the table!

The husband got the 18oz Outlaw Ribeye. Yeah, that’s a big steak.

Outlaw Ribeye

It’s like a Fred Flinstone steak, which the husband enjoyed. I don’t think he’s ever met a steak that he didn’t enjoy.

Mike chose asparagus as his side. I got the new Potato and Leek Au Gratin.

Potato and Leek Au Gratin

Eh – I wasn’t really a fan. It was dry. Needed more flavor.

And, what’s a complete dinner without dessert?

Pumpkin Spice Lava Cake

Pumpkin Spice Lava Cake

Okay – I’ll admit it. I didn’t want to like it. Only because the whole “pumpkin craziness” has gotten out of control. (I don’t need my whole life to smell and taste like pumpkin) But, it was really damn good. I thought I’d want extra bites of the chocolate dessert (see below) but, I kept going back to this one!

Chocolate Stampede

Chocolate Stampede

I wish that the picture could reflect how ungodly huge this thing was! Make sure, if you order it, that you bring a couple of friends along. If you’re a chocolate lover, this is the dessert for you. Me? I much prefer a piece of key lime pie with raspberry sauce.

It was a lovely dinner all around. I like that Longhorn stays trendy and always creates new products and flavors.

I say that but you know that I’ll be ordering my chicken fingers with extra honey mustard! What can I say? I enjoy simplicity.














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