Monday, September 22, 2008
I've heard and read many many MANY of my friends, neighbors, and fellow bloggers mention this restaurant and how much they LOOOOOOOVE it, so when my in-laws invited David and I to eat there, I was looking forward to trying it out.
I don't get it.
First: The motto printed on the menu is "If it doesn't say Texas, it's not Texas Roadhouse." Well, yeah, you're right; it would just be "Roadhouse." Thanks... for... that.
Second, Third, and Fourth: The food was horribly bland, the atmosphere "meh", and the salad soupy. I was there with at least 7 other people, and I noticed their faces did not express a delicious experience. No one really seemed all that pleased with their food. My sister-in-law from Texas was disappointed that this place had her state's name on it. This was a throw-your-peanut-shells-on-the-floor place and sitting there made me want to locate the restaurant's broom and dustpan. Are they serious?
I am not a food snob; I just like my food to have flavor and texture. Nevertheless, I can tolerate sitting through a bad meal, but the whole time I was thinking, "what does _(insert your name if you raved about this place on your blog or in my presence) see in this place?" Am I missing something?
And Fifth: I'm a people watcher, and I couldn't help but notice the majority of the clientele this particular night had an old-school Johnny Cash air about them. A few others seemed to be enjoying a meal before making their guest appearances on Jerry Springer. Large guts thinly covered by white t-shirts, leathery skin paired with ratty jean shorts, 80's beauty pageant bangs, heavy eyeliner. I've never seen these people in Utah! Where'd they come from this night? I made a mental Quick Exit Plan in case a brawl broke out between a woman "done wrong," her on-again-off-again beau, and a broken beer bottle.
So, I don't get it. What do you guys see in it?
For those of you who haven't been there, look for the place that doesn't say "Texas" on it. If it doesn't say "Texas" on it, then it ain't Texas Roadhouse, and maybe the food will taste good.