After experiencing so-so service and tasteless, overcooked steak the last time we went to Lone Star, Jimmy and I decided we would stop going there for steak. This didn’t stop us from wondering if our last experience was a fluke. Months later, when we were sick of our usual places, we walked down to Ontario Street to give Lone Star a last chance.
The server brought us some chips and salsa the moment we were seated. The chips were still warm from the heated drawer, and the salsa was nice and cold. I like Lonestar’s salsa because it’s not overspiced. It tastes clean and slightly tangy.
Jimmy ordered his usual: New York Striploin, cooked medium, with a Caesar salad on the side. I don`t remember what he said about the steak, so that probably means it was just meh.
Lone Star used to give you two sides, but the new menu only allows you to choose one. By default, the steaks come with sautéed vegetables and onion rings. He said the steak was decent, definitely better than last time. Apparently the sautéed vegetables were bland and not as delicious as he remembered them to be. I don’t think he ate his onion rings because I vaguely recall snacking on more than one onion ring.
He also ordered a skillet of sautéed mushrooms on the side (extra). The skillet was tiny compared to the size it used to be, but at least it was bigger than the tiny cup of mushrooms they served us last time. These were also tasteless and boring. Normally they’re chock full of flavour and peppery kick.
I ordered the steak and rib combo which was an eight ounce top sirloin and a half rack of ribs. This was also served with my choice of side (loaded baked potato), sautéed vegetables, and an onion ring. The ribs were fantastic this time, slathered in their regular barbecue sauce. Sweet and full of kick. They were also cooked properly, so there was still some chew. The steak was good, but not as good as I had hoped. It was a little bland.
I don’t think we’ll be going back anytime soon. The food was meh, and the bill was large—even without liquor. The service this time was fantastic, but it’s not good enough to make me want to return. Too bad, I really used to like Lone Star.
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Lone Star Texas Grill
251 Ontario Street (Princess and Ontario)