My bride, the Belle of Ballast Point, and I have been craving meat of late. Specifically, a nice juicy steak that didn't cost a small fortune. So, this past Thursday we decided to indulge our taste buds and enjoy a steak on our "date night".
We had entertained thoughts of going back to the Longhorn Steakhouse on Dale Mabry north of Kennedy. I had a great steak at this establishment a few weeks ago, but after enduring some of the Christmas shopping traffic north of the paradise that is SOG City we decided to shorten our journey and stop in at the south Dale Mabry Grillsmith.
It had been several years since we dined at Grillsmith. At one time we visited this location on a regular basis, but as time passed we found that ordering a steak medium rare (my personal preference) became a hit or miss proposition - mostly misses. Medium rare to the grill-smiths more closely resembled raw and resulted in a return to the grill on more than a couple of occasions.
I read recently that this Grillsmith had undergone a few changes, so we decided to give them a try. I am happy to report that our steaks were prepared to perfection - a medium for my bride and a medium rare for me. There was no need for a return visit to the grill.
My dining partner was thrilled with her 6 ounce Filet Mignon with Marsala Wine Sauce. I chose the 16 ounce Rib Eye. Since the rib eye was served sans bone, it could more accurately be described as a Delmonico. Either way it was a very pleasing cut of beef. This rib eye comes with a not-too-intense horseradish sauce and the delicious breaded and deep fried portabello mushrooms.
There were some interesting appetizer choices that were new to the menu, but with a wedge salad for her and a Caesar salad for me plus our side vegetables, we knew from past experience that we would be too stuffed to move if we had ordered an appetizer.
We did arrive during happy hour, so our wine by the glass was half price. We chose the Xplorador Cabernet which paired quite well with our dinner choices.
I am pleased that the folks manning the grill know the difference between raw and medium rare. The only negative to this visit was having the entrees served before the salad course was completed.
Dinner and wine along with a 20% gratuity came to a bit over $85, and we didn't have to go all the way up to the nightmare that is the Dale Mabry and Kennedy intersection.