We usually treat ourselves to Killen's once or twice a year for Mother's or Father's Day. This year we did it on Father's Day and let's just say my husband was so happy. We both love steak and this visit certainly did not disappoint. My husband got the 16oz wet aged ribeye and I got the 10oz center cut filet. I'm getting hungry just thinking about it all!!! This most recent visit I got the jumbo asparagus as my side, but on a previous trip I tried the fried asparagus with the crabmeat. The traditional side was good, but the appetizer was downright incredible. Oh- and they aren't kidding about the asparagus being jumbo- it's HUGE- but completely awesome...cooked so well. OK - back to steak...my filet was very good this time, but not as good as it was on our first visit a few years ago. I mean- it still knocks the socks off of any average steakhouse steak, but that first filet I ever had at Killen's had me ooooooing and ahhhhhhing so much that I think my husband was a bit embarrassed. Next trip (which will be in Feb 2012), I want to try the wedge salad...the presentation is stunning. I also need to decide on a new dessert to try- I love their carrot cake, but I want to try something new.
On a side note, if you don't want steak they have MANY other options which are actually pretty affordable. i.e. chicken and seafood entrees in the $17-28 range that have sides included in the price. I know one of my kids had the Chicken Tomato Basil for $18 last time we went and it was very good. Funny- the other kid wanted mac & cheese and spinach so we just got her two sides...both of which I loved as well...but I do love a good mac & cheese.
They also do a nice job with their drinks. My husband I usually get a cocktail before the meal and I've never had a bad martini at Killen's. My husband usually goes with a single malt scotch, so that's more a matter of selection (which they have a good one).
As you can also see, we've brought our children here. My eldest child was about 8 months old on her first trip to Killen's. I am not suggesting everyone bring their children here - especially not for the later evening reservations, but you may try it if your kids know proper behavior in a restaurant and go for an early reservation slot.
What's funny- if you've ever driven by Killen's and didn't know about the place, you'd never guess that it's a restaurant of this fine quality. I mean- it looks nice from the outside, but it doesn't scream fine dining from the exterior the way places would in mid-town Houston. Once inside, it's got some very pretty ornate touches mixed with understated elegance to balance it out. I like it because it certainly feels nice and special when you walk in, but it's not pretentious. Chef Killen also has visited our table any time he's been in the restaurant during our meal- which I like - just because it's such a personal touch for a chef of his level. He also sends out a number of invitations to specialty events held at the restaurant via Facebook. One of these days we're going to get a babysitter and attend one. Can't wait for our next trip to Killen's!!!!
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