If you’ve been keeping up with the last several blogs, you know that there was some frustration finding food for Nikki to eat. Luckily, we found a few places that met her dietary needs. One of the other places we found was LongHorn Steakhouse. There was a location right across the street from the Hyatt Regency (where we were for Starrcast). This was the perfect location as it was in walking distance and wouldn’t put us out of the way for ALL IN.
LongHorn Steakhouse has over 450 restaurants across the East, Midwest, and Southwest along with Puerto Rico. If you’re traveling across the US, chances are you’ll come across one of these establishments. BTW, if you have a minute check out the story of how Longhorn got its start.
While we were waiting in line for a meet and greet, one of our friends called the LongHorn across the street. They said they did have a menu for dietary restrictions, but Nikki would have to ask the hostess for the menu when we arrived. Upon arrival, Nikki was given the menu. It was leather bound and had the entire menu along with what it contained (gluten, soy, dairy, etc). The allergen menu is also available online and it’s mobile site (though it was little harder to find). Note: If you have allergens & food sensitivities, I know you already know this, but be sure to inform your server. All restaurants vary.
A majority of the menu items are cooked in soy, which is pretty disappointing. We’ve found that many restaurants cook their food in a soy-based oil. Nikki mentioned this issue to our waiter and he quickly offered her another alternative. He said that they could use olive oil instead. The waiter was super nice and joked around with Nikki. He also said his daughter couldn’t have gluten and he mentioned that he wouldn’t want to give up dairy; he’d just deal with the consequences. Nikki told him that if the consequences were bad enough, he’d cut it out.
After studying the menu, Nikki chose the 6 oz. Renegade Sirloin. She decided to get a side salad as well. This was the first time she had steak cooked in olive oil. When our waiter returned to check on us, he asked Nikki how she liked it. After she said she liked it, he jokingly replied, “don’t lie to me.” Nikki really did like it.
On Veteran’s Day we went to a location in Charlotte since they had a free app or dessert plus 10% off the entire bill. Nikki inquired with the waitress about the oil they cook their food in. This location cooked their food in canola oil. This includes their seasoned french fries. Since their seasoning is a dusting, she was able to order them unseasoned. Nikki considered ordering something different, but assumed she’d only be able to eat the Renegade steak and went with that again.
You didn’t think I’d leave you hanging, did you? Of course, I have some food porn that contains gluten, dairy, & soy.
I decided to go with the Parmesan Crusted Chicken and fries. This was a wise decision.
*11/11/18 Food Porn
Since my dad could get a free appetizer that Nikki could actually eat (except the dip), we opted for the kettle chips with White Cheddar & Bacon Dip. Y-U-M!
I really wanted to get the Parmesan Crusted Chicken again, but I went with the Steakhouse Burger. It was very good!
Our dad ordered the Renegade steak as well with the Parmesan Cheese crust.
They even brought Caine his own plate of fries!
We really appreciated how accommodating the staff was. Our waiter was super nice and made sure that Nikki could find something to fit her dietary needs. It was really nice, especially since we were in a new city and weren’t sure what to expect.
11/11/18 update: We really enjoyed our visit to this location. Our waitress was helpful at getting the answers Nikki needed. Since two different locations cooked their foods in different oils, we cannot stress enough that you ask your server what they prepare their food in. Ask any other questions needed to make sure food is prepared to fit your dietary needs.
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