San Antonio, Texas
December 25, 2005
Cecil's was being advertised on TV and it looked good, so we decided to try it. Its location is right near everything, but there is no real view to enjoy. We went on Friday evening around 6:30pm and it was busy but we had no wait. The atmosphere is an open floor/sports bar feel (large-screen TV on the wall), and you can see them cooking. No booths, just tables. The staff is knowledgeable about the food, so if you have questions, just ask. The meal came to $125 for three, with a 15% tip, a little pricey given what we had, but everything was well cooked and delicious.
So on to dinner.... we ordered a bowl of cabbage soup, $3.95, which was homemade, excellent in flavor, and worth it (side note--if we had clipped the coupon from the local activity book, the soup would have been free). We then ordered two beers and a glass of wine to accompany what we ordered for food. My husband had the 10 oz. prime rib with au jus, baked potato, and vegetables for $24.95, my son had the 14 oz. NY sirloin with garlic mashed and veggies for $29.95, and I had the 14 oz. rib eye, also with garlic mashed and veggies, for $27.95. Of the three, my son's had the most flavor, mine was okay but a little tough, and my husband's prime rib was flavorful and fork tender. All steaks were cooked rare to medium rare and were cooked as ordered. The meal also came with complimentary bread, boring, dry, and not worth bringing to the table--it could be improved by serving it with some sort of flavored butters to embellish the taste.
All in all, I would go again, but I would definitely look for coupons to bring the price down. The meat was not amazing but good, so there may be better places to eat steak for a lower price. I would ask around locally, not just depend on TV commercials to recommend a great steak place. (Harlee, the concierge at EVR Lake Tahoe, recommended Echo's for steak and baked French onion soup. It was right next door; maybe we should have gone there instead.) Cecil's was memorable, and given the choice, I would eat there again. I only wish the price was a little lower.
From journal South Lake Tahoe