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big1515 Jan 8, 2008 12:44 PM

We have one of these places going up in our area .Is there any thing good on the menue .Is it worth a visit .We like the Bone Fish Grill that is also part of a chain ,but they have some very good dishes ...

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    Heatherb Jan 8, 2008 01:05 PM

    I get the filet mignon done medium with a baked potato and a side of broccoli. Tasty, though I'm sure none of it is organic. I also like their margaritas and brownie sundae. Don't go expecting haute cuisine and you should be fine. I like it much better than Outback.

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      fourunder Jan 8, 2008 01:17 PM

      I'll have to go the other way with you on this one with comparison of chains.......but not for the steak...rather the overall experience.

      My trip to a local Longhorn that opened in Northern New Jersey left me with less than stellar moments. I too ordered the Filet Mignon, but my was supposed to be 'Encrusted with Blue Cheese". When it arrived at the table, it was less than an 8 ounce, dried up and gray in appearance and had literally four small blue cheese crumbles......I called the manager over to see if it was served properly, and he said yes. I opined I thought four crumbles was less than encrusted. I refused it.....no because of the blue cheese, but because of the appearance.

      For a positive note, one of my friend swears by the ribs and goes there frequently for lunch.........which OutBack does not offer.

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        Heatherb Jan 8, 2008 04:26 PM

        Ew. That sounds like a horrible experience. I go to the one in Hamilton Township relatively frequently. I've always had great service and the filet mignon has always been big and juicy (although sometimes cooked a little less than medium, like I ask, which I'm fine with). They've also got a great bartender at that one. Chains can have a lot of variation between their restaurants, I guess...

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      TomDel Jan 8, 2008 06:15 PM

      I think Longhorn’s is head and shoulders above the other chains of this genre. I’ve had a number of the steaks at the one in Hamilton Marketplace on Route 130 in Hamilton Twp., and they were all excellent, not on par with Lugers or the Homestead, but very good for the money. For lunch I particularly liked the chopped steak. It’s a sirloin hamburger served with an excellent Bordelaise or Wine Merchant’s sauce, mushrooms and frizzled onions. I liked it so much that the next time I had dinner there I asked and received the sauce on their filet at no extra cost by the way. It was great. I’d highly recommend that you try it for a casual evening out.

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        fourunder Jan 9, 2008 04:54 AM

        Heatherb and TomDel,

        With respect to Northern New Jersey, and specifically in Rochelle Park, on the Route 17 North corridor to reach Paramus is where you will find the LongHorn SteakHouse first and then the OutBack SteakHouse a few hundred feet up the road. The OutBack arrived first and the LongHorn appeared a number of years after. On any given day with these two particular locations, the LHS parking lot is always less than half full with cars(the lot is also shared with a Burger King), while the OBS is always full with diners sitting on benches out in front of the restaurant after 6 PM.

        What does this all mean? Just that in this area, apparently the public prefers OBS. What I take from this is what has been mentioned many times before. When it comes to Chains..........Service and Quality vary greatly depending upon ownership and their policies, which directly affects specific location experiences

        As for my reluctance to go to either LHS or OBS, the reason is there is an excellent privately owned restaurant just off Route 4 North which is my regular hangout, that is closer to me and less than 5 minutes away from the other two restaurants that serve much much better prime steak.....prices not withstanding.

        BTW......TD.....did you try the slow roasted prime rib or rack of lamb at OB yet?

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          cantkick Jan 9, 2008 06:31 AM

          Why the difference? It's probably more due to advertising than anything else. Longhorn does very little if any advertising; Outback is in your face. Thus everyone knows about Outback, but they know little about Longhorn. So they stick with the familiar.

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            fourunder Jan 9, 2008 07:00 AM

            cantkick,

            Question.....why the difference......the difference in what specifically?

            I do not know the business model of either Chain, other than to serve as many as customers as possible...but the strategy of LongHorn appears to me to be similar to what Wendy's did early on........with little advertising dollars to spend, they simply acquired any locations of land adjacent to existing McDonald's Restaurant locations and rode off McD's coattails.

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              cantkick Jan 9, 2008 07:51 AM

              You've got me. It seems silly. The first time I saw one (Hazlet) I thought , "What's that?" We ate there a couple times and were pleased, but it was not a convenient location for us so haven't been back in years. The one in Eatontown was surrounded by so many chain joints that it got no traffic at all and closed up rather quickly.

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            TomDel Jan 10, 2008 09:02 AM

            Fourunder – You’re lucky to have that steakhouse so close to home. The only real steakhouses near me are Pete Lorenzo’s and KC Prime and I haven’t been crazy about either based upon my last couple of visits to each. The only other steakhouse near me was Timothy’s in the Chambersburg section of Trenton, but it closed before I got around to trying it. I think I might give Scorpios (that new place in Jackson) a try in the near future.

            I haven’t been back to OB yet. I’m kind of interested in trying Basil’s Legends http://basilslegends.com in Hightstown. They feature lamb and offer both New Zealand and American chops. I figured I’d order one type and my wife would order the other and we could share and compare them.

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              big1515 Jan 15, 2008 12:31 PM

              Tomdel;
              I have been to Scorpio's 3 times since it opened .It has potential ,but do not rush over.. It is not the real thing yet and may never reach that goal ....They have alot of isues ..one is cooking meat to order ..The bar prices are fair and bar people try to do the right time .Owners/management need to be more visable ,friendly,knowlegable and proactive ..wait and see

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            TexSkills Feb 20, 2008 10:34 AM

            I like Longhorn, don't get me wrong, but I wouldn't call it the best chain in this genre. I can think of two others that blow Longhorn away and that, in my opinion, is hard to do. One is called Saltgrass (owned by Landrys Restaurants) and the other is called Texas Land and Cattle (owned by Lone Star Steakhouse). Both of them are fantastic and they're spreading rapidly outside of Texas.

          4. chelleyd01 Jan 9, 2008 04:09 PM

            Well, for kicks, try the black pepper blue cheese burger and ALWAYS order fries with light or no dust and you will always get super fresh, hot crispy fries. Good stuff. Oh and the firecracker chicken wraps are good too!

            1. ArikaDawn Jan 9, 2008 04:34 PM

              The 7-pepper sirloin salad is pretty good. I always ask for only a little of the bleu cheese crumbles as I think they tend to go overboard. I also opt to have mine with vinegarette on the side rather than the bleu cheese dressing to try to lighten it up a bit.

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                Emm Jan 10, 2008 04:02 AM

                Longhorn is one of the better chain places in the area where I live. I usually get the chopped steak, a glorified burger that they'll usually agree to cook medium rare like I like it. They did, however, decide a year or two ago to glop it up with some kind of icky sauce. But they'll still serve it with the simple grilled onions and mushrooms it used to come with.

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                  TomDel Jan 10, 2008 09:06 AM

                  I guess “icky” like beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. I think their bordelaise sauce is great

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                    Emm Jan 10, 2008 04:16 PM

                    Sure, tastes vary. More than anything else, just a heads-up that you can order it the old way. I liked the simplicity, I guess.

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                linz_e_moore Jan 17, 2008 03:24 AM

                I've only been a handful of times (3 maybe) and every time was alright. Nothing great, nothing horrible, just mediocre food. I believe I got the pepper shrimp the first trip (spicy shrimp with peppers, garlic, etc.) Not great, but okay. The second time I got grilled chicken. I don't really remember much of that dish, if that tells you anything at all...Most recently I got the 7pepper sirlion salad. Better than anything else I've had. Seasoned very well, but the steak was a little chewy. As another chowhounder already said, ask for the bleu cheese on the side or light. They overload it, and it isn't the best quality bleu cheese to start.

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                  dream_of_giusti Jan 24, 2008 10:59 AM

                  I tried Longhorn for the first time when they opened a new location. My cousin was a server and they had a special free friends and family practice night. That night I tried a decent amount of the offerings on the menu. They were all good. Since I moved I've been to the Longhorn around the corner from me. It is always good. My recommendations: firecracker chicken appetizer, sweet potatoes, asparagus, the apple pie-ish dessert. I'm not a big steak eater but I always find more than enough to fill me up and send me home with a smile.

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                  dcblanchard Jan 26, 2008 07:02 PM

                  In my opinion, I think the quality of the meat at Outback is much better than Longhorn. That said, the house salad that came with my steak at Longhorn was much better than the equivalent salad at Outback. Not overly impressed with the french onion soup. The chocolate explosion dessert while not gourmet by any means was certainly chocolaty and a good value for the price.

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                    cavandre Aug 11, 2008 09:11 AM

                    We went to our local one (Vierra, FL) yesterday & I had a very good burger. First, they'll cook to any doneness you want. I asked about defining medium & our waitress said it would still have a lot of pink in the middle. That's how I ordered it & that's how it came out. It's human sized (I would guess 5-6 oz. before cooking), juicy & full of flavor. Go for the additional bacon...2 thick, crispy, pepper-coated slices. I give this a very high bang-for-the buck rating.

                    1. steakman55 Aug 11, 2008 02:39 PM

                      At lunch, I love the chopped steak, topped with a mushroom gravy and fried onion rings...also their baked sweet potato, (I get it plain, no butter, no spice and it is outstanding) and the broccoli. Loaded baked potato is good, as of course, are the Flo's filet and the regengade sirloin. Friends rave over the salmon at lunch. Hardly ever make it there at dinner.

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                        SuperGrover Aug 16, 2008 06:39 PM

                        I love it especially for the lunch. And the deep fried cheesecake is SERIOUSLY evil!

                      2. TonyO Aug 16, 2008 07:03 PM

                        Great, no. Reliable food in a decent atmosphere, absolutely. Yes, they are a chain but that doesn't equal awful food. Their burgers (as previously mentioned) are very good as is the 7 Pepper Steak Salad (as previously mentioned). The one near us seems to have a low staff turnover which is always a good sign. Another plus, they keep their beer on ice !

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