Located on the access road of I.H. 10 and Frontage Road just east of Beltway 8 in West Houston, the Taste of Texas Restaurant is surrounded by great competitors vying for your dining dollars. But I promise, you will not regret choosing this restaurant. Be prepared for a wait, usually 30 minutes to 45 minutes; enjoy the large bar or the free soft drinks, popcorn or chips or salsa. Be careful, though; don’t spoil your appetite.
The restaurant can be anything from casual to dressy, depending on your occasion. Although it is quite large, the seating areas area divided into smaller areas, giving you an intimate feeling. We were welcomed with a complimentary appetizer of salsa/cream cheese and crisp bread. Just a little something to keep your mouth busy while your brain is trying to decide on the menu.
Harry and I started with the jalapeno stuffed shrimp; four large golden fried shrimp with melted Monterrey Jack Cheese and mild jalapeno peppers oozing from the inside, and a wonderful cilantro cream sauce for dipping.
Next was the Salad Bar; a wonderful array of fresh veggies and fruit. My favorite was the toasted pecans and the raspberry dressing. At the end of the Salad Bar is the Bread Counter- small loafs of break, rolls, cornbread and muffins, and four flavored butters to choose from.
And then, the piece de resistance, the incredibly tender, flavorful beef. My choice was the 6 oz bacon wrapped filet mignon; Harry’s was the 10oz prime rib. The steak was served on a hot metal plate in the shape of a cow that kept the steak and garlic butter sizzling hot throughout the meal.
At Taste of Texas they are very proud of their Certified Angus Beef and will gladly explain why to you. All I know it that it was the best steak I had ever eaten. They were awarded the MSN City Search’s Best Steakhouse in 2003 and also honored with the Award of Excellence by the Wine Spectator magazine for the past nine years.
Of course, in addition to beef, the Taste of Texas also offers lobster and other seafood.
If you are celebrating a special occasion, anniversary, birthday, graduation, be sure to tell you waiter when he asks (and he will). You will have your choice of complimentary champagne or dessert.
Although we were bursting at the seams, we couldn’t resist our "free" dessert. Even though our waiter kept insisting that we get TWO free desserts we settled on one Key Lime pie with cinnamon flavored coffee.
No matter what the occasion for going to this restaurant, it will be a memorable experience.
by Linda Kaye
San Antonio, Texas
March 24, 2004
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