Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Logan's Roadhouse - Cedar Park

We have eaten in Logan's a few times, and Mildred frequently meets her granddaughter there for lunch.

We are still looking for a replacement for our Friday night dinner - which, you may already know if you read my blog regularly, was always Chili's - it was our date night for years, in fact ever since the Cedar Park Chili's opened. And after Mildred moved in with us, we still continued to enjoy our Friday night dinner there with her. It was our first choice to bring guests from out of town, out of state, out of country - in fact, out of continent.

All of our guests are from Europe and they all enjoyed a visit to Chili's, that is before it went to hell in a hen basket. Anyway, we are still looking for a replacement. We thought it might be Logan's. We do enjoy their free roasted peanuts on the table. Used to be you threw the shells on the floor, but now they supply an empty bucket for the shells.

So, after another disastrous visit to Chili's on Friday, we headed for Logan's on Saturday evening. The  meal started out well. Our drinks were served relatively quickly and while the freeze  had definitely gone out of Larry's frozen margarita, it was a healthy serving and good. We ordered a combo appetizer, fried mozzarella cheese sticks, breaded fried pickles and potato skins. This dish arrived without any delay and was hot and delicious. It was served with three different dipping sauces.

Then we waited for our main course, we waited and I had a second glass of wine.  I always know when the services is really slow if I have a second glass of wine, because normally one glass will last me through appetizer and main course. What was worse was the fact that the place as almost empty, it wasn't like there was a rush on the kitchen. And to be fair, our server was very good, but we saw people who had come in after us being served before us, and still we waited.

Finally the food came and it was very good. I am not sure I would say worth the wait, but definitely good, except for Larry's. He chose to have Nachos as a main course - it was listed on the appetizer section. It was definitely big enough for a main course, but was more like bar snacks than appetizer even. There was almost no meat involved in this dish, and it was doused with liquid cheese sauce making the chips go mushy before it even got to the table.

Mildred ordered Southern style fried fish with french fries, she was delighted with it, though as always there was way too much.

I had mesquite grilled salmon which was on the menu with broccoli and a side salad. I substituted the side salad for grilled skewered mushrooms, and was asked what did I want as a side, so I said, somewhat confused, mushrooms.  It arrived with no broccoli and double mushrooms. Luckily I absolutely love mushrooms and they were amazing as was the fish. Again, enough for two, but that meant I had lunch the following day, and it was equally good warmed up.

The verdict is out on the service. The price was way more than we would expect to pay in Chili's, but that is no longer a good comparison because the last time we went there my poor mother in law didn't receive her food it until after we had almost finished and she only ordered soup, worst was it was cold - so cheap doesn't really come into it. You get what you pay for.

We will go back to Logan's I am sure, but I don't count it as a contender for our Friday night unwinding.

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