We don't venture far from the comfy couch on Saturday nights. We actually don't venture far from the comfy couch on any other nights either. But, knowing The Links Steakhouse was trying to do something a little different with live music on Saturday night, we dedicated the entire day to sitting on the comfy couch and then went out to dinner. Definitely living on the wild side. I did wear my slippers, but I count that as rebelliousness, not age induced behavior.
We used to be regulars at The Links, back when we were eating out regularly. It has since had its moments of glory and not so much glory, but our dinner on this evening swung definitely to the glory side. A very tasty spinach artichoke dip appetizer came on the heels of some good local wine. A nice portion of salad complete with glazed walnuts, both mine and my wife's as her tongue doesn't handle them well, came next. Just enough, fresh, and something to do while we listened to the music. The music is a nice touch. Great to see local folks, one's with real day jobs, enjoying themselves creating entertainment for our hardy band of intrepid diners.
We've been married a long time, so it is not unusual for us to order the same things when we eat out. This is particularly true when prime rib is on the menu. Years ago we'd order different portion sizes, not so much any more. The smallest cut, medium, with maybe some differences in potato garnishes. Living on the wild side. The meat was tender, maybe a touch too pink for medium, but that is my safety net order so if it get's a bit too pink, it is what I really enjoy. Nice texture to the meat and an appealing saltiness to the crust or whatever you call the outside of the portion. The potato was the right size, cooked well and just enough butter to do the job. My wife did the full meal deal on her's and she was happy. Three crisp stalks of asparagus, a few morsels of broccoli, and it was dinner.
The service was good, with lots of check-ins but no annoying introductions with too much information. Our server kept on eye on us without being underfoot. Definitely a plus.
Most important, the folks at The Steakhouse are trying hard. Kudos to Liz Porter for working her magic to get us off the couch. Might have to do it again, as long as I can wear my slippers.
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