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Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Saltgrass Steak House

I felt like I was dining in a small town vortex in the middle of the city. Rekha was pretty adament that we go to Saltgrass Steak House tonight--to rekindle her memories of Austin. The Texas themed decorations reminded me of Barnhills, Outback Steak House, and Brazos Cattle Company in Lufkin. It was a nice trip down memory lane.

Saltgrass begins the meal with a small loaf of honey wheat bread stabbed with a steak knife and placed on a cutting board. It even comes with whipped butter. Overall, there was no difference in this beginning from Saltgrass and Outback. Rekha ordered the Steak Salad. A nice medley of salad and steak that comes with balsamic vinagrette. The salad and meat seemed nicely prepared.

I ordered the 7 ounce Maudeen center-cut filet. It comes with a side and a soup or salad. I had the baked sweet potato as my side to go along with my steak and Caesar Salad. The filet tastes excellent. It comes seasoned with salt and pepper as well as some other herbs. The salty crust plays nicely with the tender meat and the garlic butter. I love the charred crust and the perfectly red-pink center. The sweet potato also tasted brilliant. It comes slathered with what appears to be whipped butter. Overall, I think the steak and sweet potato at Saltgrass are better prepared here than the steak and sweet potato at Outback.

The reason why it felt like small town USA? I used to go to a Saltgrass type restaurant at least once a week when I lived in Lufkin. Ahhh, the memories.


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