A Very Special Date

by Cate on August 10, 2006

The Husband worked late tonight. Usually, on nights when he works late, Nicholas and I either have leftovers, keep it simple or get take-out. Tonight we decided to do something different, and we had a date at Lone Star Steakhouse. He cracked me up – as we pulled into the parking lot, he asked, “Who are we meeting here? Grandma and Grandpa?” He has an amazing memory for the most unusual things. We haven’t been there in over a year, since my Mom’s birthday last July. He’s right that we don’t usually go there by ourselves; in the past, it’s been to meet my parents there. But holding that knowledge for over a year? Wow.

One of their little “perks” are their peanuts. When you enter the restaurant, they hand you a bucket of peanuts in their shells. A few years ago, you’d eat the peanuts and throw the shells on the floor. They took the peanuts away for awhile, but they’re back now. Only catch is that due to “health department regulations,” no more peanut shells on the floor; they now give you a separate bucket to put them in. Nicholas has never had shelled peanuts before and delighted in learning how to crack them open. In no time, he had amassed quite a pile of peanuts for snacking.

This is why I picked Lone Star for dinner tonight:
They have the BEST sweet potatoes, tender and liberally sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon. I’ve had a craving for their sweet potatoes for awhile, and finally got to satisfy the craving tonight. When I asked him what he wanted for dinner, after rattling off the choices, he heard “macaroni and cheese,” and asked me what KIND of macaroni and cheese they had. He’s very specific about the kinds he likes (namely, anything but homemade mac and cheese is A-OK with him, I’ve learned). He decided to take a chance and order their version and ended up wolfing down the entire dish. He told me it was his favorite kind because the pasta were shaped like rainbows in the sky. Kids have such a unique way of interpreting things. After looking at the elbow macaroni, he’s right, of course; it’s half-circle shape IS shaped like a rainbow. Too cute.

We also ordered their Iceberg Wedge Salad. Foodies be darned, I happen to like iceberg lettuce. I like the other fancier ones too (for example, mesclun, butter, arugula and so on), but iceberg suits me just fine. They serve it perfectly, on a chilled plate, the way it should be. I was sharing it with Nicholas, and we got “white dressing” (also known as bleu cheese dressing). Luckily he likes it as much as I do, and we ended up demolishing it.

Nice restaurant, good food, and great company. A perfect end to a less-than-perfect day. When I went to grab the link for the restaurant’s site for this post, I noticed the map that they have here, showing their locations. I thought it was a little odd that a restaurant called “Lone Star” had NO locations in Texas, and are actually heaviest on the northeast. Their “About Us” section even mentions their “Texas-style” decorating and food. Go figure.

Alright folks, all for tonight. Tune in tomorrow for this week’s Rediscovering My Library and New (to Me) Blogger on the Block segments. Until then…

A year ago today … beer makes everything better.

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wheresmymind August 10, 2006 at 12:47 pm

Those sweet potatoes look incredible!

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Erika August 10, 2006 at 1:33 pm

Oh! I’m glad to know about the peanuts. We went once, and I couldn’t even enjoy our dinner because I was so turned off by the peanut shells on the floor. But if they’ve done away with that practice, we may have to try again. So many people I know love Lone Star.

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LizzyAnne August 10, 2006 at 1:39 pm

I work for Lonestar. They are the parent company for Del Frisco’s Steak House. Ironically, I work in the Fort Worth, TX location. We always joke about how weird it is that there are not any here in THE lone star state! Glad you enjoyed…I have heard great things about them and will have to try and make it to one when we are traveling.

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Julia August 10, 2006 at 3:38 pm

Hi Cate,
Really enjoyed your post again; I’ve seen these type of diners in the movies, but I didn’t know they really existed!
And talk about coincidence; I LOVE shelled peanuts, we always have them in stock and now, while I’m reading your post, a little bowl is standing right next to me…=)
Did Nicholas like them? And with or without the skins? =)
Keep up the good work…

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Anonymous August 10, 2006 at 6:16 pm

The answer to the Why they don’t have Lone Star restaurants in the Lone Star State, I think. It would be like going to an Olive Garden in Italy.

And there you have it the non-cooker restaurant expert.

The Neighbors Wife

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Cate August 10, 2006 at 10:46 pm

Wheresmymind – mmmm, they are!

Erika – Really? It turned you off? Throwing the shells on the floor was part of the fun. ;) At least they’re back – it was a unique perk.

Lizzyanne – Totally boggles my mind that there are no Texas locations. Never heard of Del Frisco’s…

Julia – He ate a few of them, but I think he had more fun in learning how to open them. ;)

Neighbors Wife – You are too much.

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Glenna August 12, 2006 at 5:06 pm

I like Lone Star too. But I admit I kind of like the booze angle. They serve their long island teas in a glass cowboy boot that reminds me of the times we’ve been to Las Vegas during National Finals Rodeo and all the bars downtown serve beer in the glass boots. Not that I’m into cowboy stuff really, it’s like the peanuts, it’s just fun.

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