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O'Fallon Food Quest: Three Steaks in One Night

This week our food columnist tried out three different steaks on his trip to Texas Roadhouse.

As a very welcome end to a very stressful week, I gladly continued our O’Fallon food quest for the at . With six locations around the St. Louis area, I landed at the location at 1600 Mexico Loop Road. This review will be a bit of a “kill two birds with one stone” situation, as I had several family members who were interested in also enjoying a steak at the end of a stressful week, so I will be reviewing three dishes instead of just one.

We walked in a little after 6 p.m. to find the place absolutely packed with people. I was told that it would be about a 20-minute wait, so I headed back outside to enjoy the weather and sat down on a bench. The system that Texas Roadhouse has in place to seat guests is very efficient. Instead of waiting inside to have someone yell “Steinbach party of three," I was given a number to keep an eye out for on one of the many digital boards scattered throughout the waiting areas.

When our number appeared on the screen, we walked back into the packed restaurant and returned to the hostess station. My 80-year-old grandmother turned to me and said, “Well, I am not going to be able to hear anything else that you say while we’re in here.” She was about right, the the restaurant was bustling and noisy. 

Before reaching our table we were asked if we would like to purchase a “baby blossom” (a blooming onion to the rest of us) for $3.99, so we decided to give it a try. Our server was very nice and attentive, I think he may have been one of the hardest workers in the place and I tip my hat to him. After browsing the menu we decided on three steaks. One 16 ounce KC Strip steak with a baked potato and green beans, one 10 ounce Fort Worth Ribeye with a baked potato and salad and one 16 ounce USDA Choice sirloin with baked potato and steamed broccoli.

As we waited for our food, we enjoyed our “baby blossom” and took a look around the restaurant. The place was packed to the gills with patrons. I did not see one open seat in the house, not even at the bar. When certain songs came on the radio, some of the wait staff would stop what they were doing and country line dance to the music. 

When our food arrived, everything looked great and I was eager to dig in. No presentation points, because like Longhorn steakhouse, the food was simply placed on white dinnerware, with nothing to spruce it up. I cut into my steak (KC Strip) to find it done to my specifications, but really lacking any kind of taste. I tried a few bites of the other dishes at my table, finding the Ribeye a much more tender and flavorful piece of meat and the sirloin about the same toughness, but with more flavor. 

Overall the food here was right up to par with what you would find at any other chain steakhouse. Looking forward in our quest, I must say that for this culinary challenge. As always, if you agree, disagree or are indifferent about my review, let me know in the comments section. If you think I can find a better steak elsewhere in O'Fallon, let me know! I’m always up for the challenge. 

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