While on vacation, we wanted to get away from the River Walk restaurants and head to something more special. After some research, we decided to take a drive out to the Barn Door in search of good food in a relaxed atmosphere. The hams hanging from the ceiling and checkered tablecloths certainly imparted a casual atmosphere, but you'll want to head elsewhere if you're looking for good food.
We were really excited about our dinner due to the reputation of the restaurant. My party of three decided to order an appetizer: gulf crab-stuffed jalapenos. They were boring--they could have come out of a freezer the taste was so bland. The stuffing had no texture and did not taste of crab at all. Meh.
I ordered a Royal Filet - ($30) for like 14oz I believe. I asked for medium rare. It took awhile considering it was not that crowded. The friendly waitress asked that I check the temperature of my beef. It looked okay--not really medium rare but more like medium. It was wrapped in a piece of bacon. Now, I know filet is not the most flavorful piece of meat, but this steak was horribly bland. It had no flavor--other than bacon. I love bacon, but I don't want my $30 steak to taste only of bacon. Seriously, good beef just needs salt and coarse pepper. This had absolutely ZERO seasoning. The texture of the beef was also strange. Sort of stringy. The cook had seared it at too high of temperature because the outer edges were sort of gray and tough. What a huge disappointment. The other guests in my party also had terribly bland steaks that were also somewhat overcooked.
So, if you're in search of a delectable steak full of flavor and prepared with some finesse, better head elsewhere. We'll remember the Barn Door as one of our greatest disappointments of our visit to San Antonio. Chain-type steakhouses serve much, much better food than this, sadly.
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