LongHorn Steakhouse was founded in 1981 by George McKerrow, Jr. and his father. McKerrow ran restaurants in San Francisco and had experience through the 70’s and 80’s before opening their first location, originally called LongHorn Steaks Restaurant & Saloon, on Peachtree Street in Atlanta, Georgia. Soon LongHorn was known for their top quality steaks grilled in a butter sauce.
If you stopped by for lunch, you’ll find sandwiches, burgers, soups, and salads. A lunch combination menu which features a choice of either a salad or soup with one of the restaurant’s sandwiches is a hot item. When it’s time for dinner, you’ll have a choice of chicken, shrimp, ribs, pork, tilapia, and salmon entrees.
However, the stars on the evening menu are the excellent selection of steak cuts. You’ll find classic cuts such as the ribeye, Delmonico, New York strip, prime rib, T-bone, and porterhouse. You will also find a sirloin, chop steak, or flat iron steak. If you want to treat yourself, the Signature Steak Pairings menu offers options that include Renegade Sirloin and Parmesan Crusted Chicken, Renegade Sirloin and Redrock Grilled Shrimp, Renegade Sirloin and a Half-rack of Baby Back Ribs, and Flo’s Filet and Lobster Tail.
Save room for dessert, the Sweet Bites menu has white chocolate turtle cheesecake and a chocolate peanut butter jar that are just the right size to satisfy that sweet tooth. The dessert menu also has molten lava cake, key lime pie, caramel apple pie, and the famous Chocolate Stampede, which comes with two slices of chocolate cake made with six types of chocolate and two scoops of vanilla bean ice cream.
The decor is decidedly Dallas. You will find team paraphernalia from nearby Plano High Schools, and the walls are landscaped with historic Plano photos provided by a local library. Local drafts and local whiskey Herman Marshall may be found among other selections. It is evident that LongHorn wishes to be your local choice for a family-style meal in a steakhouse setting.
The food is actually superior to those in the chain category. We had a chance to sample several cuts and some serious sides and appetizers recently at a preview tasting that was open to the public. We will be going in for a visit soon to give you the full lowdown.