Those of us in the working world all know a certain set of initials: T.G.I.F. — Thank God It’s Friday. The work week is coming to a close, the weekend beckons, and there’s a good chance it’s payday. And there’s another reason to celebrate in Johnston.
Texas Roadhouse is open for lunch. What a great way to bring in the weekend.
This popular restaurant packs in crowds of carnivores in the evening. The menu features steak, prime rib, barbecued ribs, burgers and all the good things that go with them. So when my dining companion and I had a chance to go there to recharge from a busy work week, we were out the door.
Our server led us to our table with a pan of Texas Roadhouse’s rolls held high, and I followed with anticipation, just like my cats do when I serve their breakfast. The rolls are delicious — hot, light, slightly sweet and served with cinnamon honey butter. And once the pan is empty, you can have more.
Every table in this barn-like restaurant is equipped with a little metal bucket of peanuts to nibble on while you wait for your meal. I had a few, but I didn’t want to ruin my appetite for the main event.
I ordered a six-ounce sirloin with a salad and a baked potato for my lunch ($8.99) and my dining companion chose the grilled salmon with a baked potato and corn ($13.99).
Although meat is the star, Texas Roadhouse serves up a good side salad. The mix of lettuce was cold, crisp and adorned with cherry tomatoes, croutons and a sprinkling of shredded cheese. The ranch dressing was tasty as well.
My medium-rare sirloin steak was tender, juicy and flavorful. A good steak doesn’t need sauce and I had no desire to reach for the A-1.
My companion’s generous salmon fillet was moist and tender. He gave me a sample, and it was certainly something I would order on a return visit.
When the meal was done, I wished I had ordered the eight-once steak, since it was so tasty. But there was still work to be done, and I had to stay awake. I’ll have to make a visit at night.
8744 Northpark Drive
Hours: Sun: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Mon. – Thur.: 4-10 p.m.
Fri. – Sat.: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.