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Don't be surprised to hear plenty of howdys at this homegrown steakhouse chain. In operation since 1993 and with more than 20 locations under its belt, Texas Land and Cattle invites guests to mosey on in seven days a week for the mesquite-grilled, USDA Choice "Great Steaks of Texas," among them the 18-oz. Texas bone-in rib-eye garnished with a grilled jalapeño and a pile of onion strings. It's the hickory-smoked, pepper-crusted sirloin, however, for which the Lone Star restaurant is known. The usual meat-and-potatoes type of sides are available here as are Texas favorites like tacos, burgers (the "Knife & Fork" Chili Cheese Steak) and queso. Along with its cuts of steak, the latter includes jalapeños, onions, cilantro and a sprinkle of pico. The onion strings may come with what TLC calls "white BBQ sauce," but everything is served with a side of Texas kitsch.
My mom was in town for the weekend, and for some reason she wanted to go to Texas Land & Cattle for dinner. I hadn't been there in a long time, so we saddled up and drove on over. Their Sunday night dinner hour wasn't exceptionally busy, which made it all the more frustrating when our waitress took almost 10 minutes to bring out my soda. Sigh.
I wasn't really in the mood for steak (which is a weird thing for me to even say), so I thought this might be a good opportunity to see how their ribs matched up to the rest of Dallas. I ordered a half-rack of Baby Back Ribs and substituted steak fries for the usual shoestring fries. My entree also came with a wedge salad to start.
There isn't really much to say about the wedge salad except...it's a wedge salad. I don't know if the blue cheese dressing was made in house or not, but it tasted good regardless.
I don't usually expect too much from restaurant barbecue, but the ribs actually had much more of a charred crust than I was anticipating. The meat was nice and tender, and it was very easy to cut it clean off the bone. The steak fries were decent, but I'm sure they started off frozen.
The baby back ribs at Texas Land & Cattle by no means qualify as five-star Texas barbecue, but they definitely rallied my taste buds much more than I initially expected.
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