My sister-in-law invited us to their 'favorite' steak house to celebrate my wife's birthday. The experience was a disaster.
I ordered salmon and it was exceptional. My rice pilaf was littered with minced red bell pepper which I painstakingly removed a piece at a time (but the rice still tasted like red bell pepper which I don't care for). My caesar salad was perfect.
It gets uglier from here though. The other 3 in our party were't so fortunate. My wife ordered the chicken fried steak. She makes the best cfs on the planet and we've also eaten them at some of the finest places in Texas (over the past 40 years): Keno Cafe in Weslaco, Bud's Wagon Wheel in Lyford and the Star Cafe in Ft. Worth, to name 3. She said Chili's even serves a good one. But the one they cooked for her was horrible (gross may be the proper description). It arrived covered with grease; puddles of oil sitting on the mushy breading. It was tough and tasted bland with a strong hint of french fry grease. Her mashed potatoes were under the meat, so they were also covered in puddles of oil. The green beans were skinny, very bland, and bitter. The cream gravy was the consistency of extra thick paste. Her salad was full of finely chopped cucumbers. If you're gonna put these things in a salad you should: note them on the menu; cut them large enough so they can be easily removed. We like cucumbers but they don't like us, and there are a lot of folks out there who suffer the same cucumber ailment. She couldn't say anything since they were buying. She just smiled, and suffered through the nasty thing.
(We never eat here 'cause they play that gawdawful, mainstream, cookie-cutter country music. With so many sources of real 'Texas' music, so near Austin, it's a shame they have to play Nashville muck. But it wasn't too loud, so I tolerated it.)
Her meal wasn't nearly as bad as the other 2 in our party. They ordered flat iron steak, medium-well (always a crapshoot). They were served something with sauce and mushrooms. They don't care for 'shrooms, so the meat was sent back. The food finally arrived after we had eaten. Both steaks were cooked medium-rare. His was returned to the grill once and came back medium. Hers came back bloody again and was, again, returned to the kitchen. The third attempt failed though, as the meat was still bloody. She was too embarrassed to ask a 4th time so she choked some of it down, stuffed it in a to-go box and said she would finish cooking it tomorrow.
The sever and staff handled it very well and did all they could to cover up for a clueless kitchen. They comped the 2 steaks and brought us 2 complimentary slices of key lime pie. The pie was sickeningly terrible; all sugar, no lime.
To add insult to injury, we traveled to their house in Kerrvile from ours in Spicewood, picked them up, drove to and from the restaurant, and back home, a round trip of 270 miles.
They have an incompetent kitchen that needs some help.
The bread and butter were good though.
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