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The Steaks Are High

So I’m spending the week in Atlanta, exhibiting at a trade show here at the World Congress Center. While I always hate to be away from home, there are some perks to traveling for my company – including being treated to some really great meals.

Longhorn Steakhouse

Our first day in Atlanta didn’t go so well. FedEx failed to deliver the majority of our booth products, and then our hotel botched our reservations. By the time dinner rolled around, we all just really wanted a drink. The hotel concierge gave us a listing of nearby restaurants, so we chose one called Longhorn Steakhouse. Ever been there? I hadn’t – and it was incredible.

This particular location was near downtown Atlanta, and when we pulled into the parking lot, it was clear that this place had some merit – there were hardly any parking spaces available at 7:00 on a weeknight. That’s got to be a good sign! We were seated almost immediately and were presented with our menus. I was surprised to see the variety of meals they offered, from steak and seafood to chicken and ribs. Everything looked great, but I ordered the 7 oz. Flo’s Filet, touted as “our guests’ favorite”. Included was a side dish (I chose a loaded baked potato) and a salad.

Flo's Filet

After placing our order, we were served a basket of warm, sliced honey wheat bread. It was all I could do to restrain myself from eating the whole thing – it was so yummy! Not long afterward our salads arrived, and while the Caesar salad was good, I thought the dressing was a little heavy. But then our meals arrived, and everything looked perfect. The portion sizes were just right – if I’d gotten the larger filet, it definitely would have been too much food. When I sliced into my medium-well steak, the meat was so tender and juicy – my knife sliced right through. I have to say that this was one of the best steaks I’ve had, and for a fraction of the price you’d expect to pay for such a quality cut of meat.

I highly recommend this place. It’s a no-fuss casual dining kind of place with a cozy ranch lodge feel, the steak is over the top delicious and the prices are totally reasonable. Visit their website for a listing of locations. Next time, I want to try the homemade chips – I bet they’re terrific! If you’re in the mood for a tasty steak, and you find yourself near a Longhorn Steakhouse, stop in for dinner. You won’t be sorry!

– Jessica

*Longhorn Steakhouse has no idea who I am, nor do they realize they’re mentioned on this site.*

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