At the table with Anna

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Where to go: Texas Roadhouse

Address: 14758 Greyhound Plaza, Westfield

What to get: 8 oz. USDA choice sirloin

Price: $12.99

Anna’s take: Typically, I stay away from chain restaurants when writing this column because I am a big proponent of local, small businesses – restaurants included. However, Texas Roadhouse opened just off U.S. 31 north of 146th Street in Westfield in December 2018, and it’s been all the hype, so I thought I’d give it a try.

Texas Roadhouse is known for its steaks, but it has something for everyone on the menu. (Photo by Anna Skinner)

My verdict is Texas Roadhouse offers decent steak for an excellent price. The free cinnamon-butter rolls are a plus, and there’s something for everyone on the menu. To start, I tried the Cactus Blossom ($5.99), golden-fried, crunchy, onion-y goodness served with a Cajun horseradish sauce for dipping. The onion is split in a blossom shape, hence the name. This was a good price for a huge appetizer, and there’s plenty to share.

For the steak, I ordered the 8 oz. USDA choice sirloin and added shrimp because I’m a fanatic for anything seafood. I order my steak medium-rare. Anything more done than that takes away the flavor in my opinion, and I paired it with steak fries.

Texas Roadhouse actually sent staff from locations from across the U.S. to the Westfield location during its first few days of operation to ensure a smooth, easy opening while new staff members received training. Having worked in restaurants prior to my career in journalism, I thought this was a nice touch and showed effort on corporate’s end.

Suggested pairings: Generally, I only order margaritas when I’m eating Mexican food, but don’t skip Texas Roadhouse’s original margarita on the rocks. It’s served in a glass the size of a cauldron and is made with three tequilas, a housemade sweet and sour, orange juice and agave nectar.

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