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Texas Roadhouse - East Meadow

It's a rootin' tootin' good time at the Roadhouse, but how's the food? Check out Alex and Lauren's latest review.

Everyone from college students to kiddies to grandma Angie, seem to have a great time at in East Meadow. It's currently the ONLY Texas Roadhouse on the Island.

Unlimited peanuts that you crack open and throw on the floor sets the stage for this rootin’ tootin’ feel good restaurant and bar. The variety is large, the food is cheap and the freshly baked rolls with cinnamon honey butter are sinfully delicious!!

In the midst of munching on peanuts and our rolls, Alex and I excitedly ordered the Fried Pickles – A heaping basket of pickle chips hand-battered, golden-fried and served with Ranch. Jersey Shore’s Snookie would be IN HEAVEN. They were crisp and not too greasy. We had salads as well, which are obviously the most fattening salads on the planet served with eggs, cheese and croutons…. But of course, we loved them.

I ordered the Grilled BBQ Chicken served with rice. It was a relatively small portion of chicken, but marinated well. One certainly can’t compare it to Smokin’ Al’s BBQ Chicken, but I was satisfied. Alex opted for the New York Strip Steak served with mushrooms on top and mashed potatoes on the side.

You can’t help leaving Texas Roadhouse full and satisfied. However, while their menu offers a large variety of BBQ and fried favorites, one can contend that the quality of meat could still be improved upon…. even for a restaurant aiming to maintain reasonable prices.  Alex was a bit disappointed saying there was “nothing memorable” about his entrée… valid point. While I’d still choose Texas Roadhouse over The Outback, Alex disagreed. 

Subsequent to a thorough discussion, Alex and I reached an accord on the Texas Roadhouse rating… giving it 3 Dinner Mints out of a possible 5, equating to a classification of “Good.”

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Susan May 10, 2012 at 04:20 PM
You should have had their specialty, the RIBS!!! They are fall off the bone tender and absolutely delicious. When you review a restaurant, it really helps if at least one person in your party orders the "specialty of the house". You can get steak and chicken anywhere. Also, you could have told your server that your chicken breast was very small and they would have brought you another one. They are very accomodating. I would like to request that you go back to Texas Roadhouse again and this time order the RIBS! I guarantee you will not be disappointed.
An tUasal Airgead May 10, 2012 at 11:33 PM
The place sucks! They smother everything in butter (or whatever greasy substitute they use for butter - dinner rolls, steaks, everything!) and the food must be totally beyond the accepted dietary standards, or they would post the nutritional information. - “At this time, we do not offer calorie counts and other nutritional information. We can assure you that we are cognizant of the demand from guests such as yourself to provide this information, but there are several factors that make this difficult.” http://www.texasroadhouse.com/contact-us#nutritional-information - Translation = it’s too much trouble to figure out how bad it is for you and you would never eat here if we told you!
Alex Dollin and Lauren Brookmeyer May 11, 2012 at 02:15 PM
Thanks for your comments, Susan. Duly noted!
Frank T May 11, 2012 at 03:11 PM
I agree with Susan, the ribs are great. I like the steaks also and the prices are amazing. Obviously not a place to eat at if you are on a special diet.
Mac May 11, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Best thing about any restaraunt is that you alwyas have a choice not to go. With that said they must be doing something right because the place is always busy. A contributor to the obesity of our country no doubt. But, once again everyone has a choice where to eat. And who doesnt like things smothered in butter :)
L May 11, 2012 at 04:48 PM
or if anyone in your family has a peanut allergy
An tUasal Airgead May 11, 2012 at 08:55 PM
The Roadhouse being busy, is not an indication that the food is good, or good for you ... any more than Le Cafe being busy, indicates the women there look good. It just means there are a lot of people with poor taste. But it doesn't matter, since restaurant chains soon won't have a choice. http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/FDATrack/track-proj?program=healthcare-reform&id=ACA-4205-Implementation Statement Regarding Calorie Intake -A succinct statement concerning suggested daily caloric intake would be posted prominently on menus and menu boards to help the public understand the significance of the calorie information provided on menus and menu boards. The following statement is proposed: “A 2,000 calorie diet is used as the basis for general nutrition advice; however, individual calorie needs may vary.” Availability of Additional Written Nutrition Information -A clear and prominent statement would be posted on menus and menu boards that states that additional written nutrition information is available to consumers on request. -The following written nutrition information for standard menu items would be available upon request: total calories, calories from fat, total fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, trans fat, sodium, total carbohydrates, sugars, dietary fiber and protein. http://www.fda.gov/Food/LabelingNutrition/ucm248732.htm
Mac May 11, 2012 at 10:11 PM
At usual a busy restaurant i indicates someone thinks it's good. On your opinion it is not. Establishments people think are poor close. Does anyone really think the calorie intake would keep most away? I think it is very average and choose to eat elsewhere. But a popular crowded place does indicate there are people who think it is good. They are busy most nights.
paul May 12, 2012 at 02:37 AM
This line is excellent: "But a popular crowded place does indicate there are people who think it is good." How true. First - you obviously need to like what you are eating. Second - you will always order what you enjoy. Third - whether or not it is a healthy choice or not does not matter, as long as one is walking through the doors and eating it, is what makes for a successful business. Even those that are anti Mcdonalds have to admit most locations do quite well.
An tUasal Airgead May 12, 2012 at 03:44 AM
Mac, the comments were in response to an article reviewing the Roadhouse. These are some of the points the reviewers made on their two meals; - It was a relatively small portion of chicken, - one can contend that the quality of meat could still be improved upon…. even for a restaurant aiming to maintain reasonable prices. - a bit disappointed saying there was “nothing memorable” about his entrée… valid point. In spite of this, they rated the place "good". I don't. I thought my "Le Cafe" reference would indicate I wasn't taking any of this too serious (mainly because, in my opinion, Roadhouse doesn't deserve much serious attention when it comes to their food). But I still say being busy, or popular, does not always equate to a good food location. Miller's is busy & popular, but I wouldn't consider it a culinary destination. They serve the same boil-in-the-bag generic bar food you will find in a lot of places. But thankfully, they serve booze!
Mac May 12, 2012 at 06:59 AM
At usual it's funny how a good beer or three makes things better! On that we agree one hundred percent. I prefer millers because of the beer selection also!
Frank T May 12, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Airgead, sorry some of us do not have the sophisticated taste buds that you have. I doubt posting the calorie content and nutrition information would improve the flavor of the food. Has McDonald's food improved since they started posting these labels? Do you really need another bloated government agency telling you what to eat because you are too stupid to make your own decision?
DLee May 12, 2012 at 04:09 PM
Airgead is obviously from a local restaurant that has seen business decline. To have so much detailed knowledge and information pertaining to restaurant guidelines of caloric intake and such is very obvious it is a local owner upset at losing business to The Roadhouse. I find it very funny that one thinks posting poor comments regarding a local business that everyone enjoy's is very sad. If you don't like the food there, very easy "don't eat there" how hard is that? instead you take to a public forum for bashing. I would bet anything that this is a displaced owner of a restaurant.
Mac May 12, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Dlee I don't always agree with airgeed but he mentioned he isn't too serious about this. He always supports his opinion with facts. The calorie intake of the food there is high but doesn't seem to stop people. Roadhouse isn't always my choice but once in awhile is ok. And as airgeed pointed out a few beverages and I find good company the food usually seems better.
DLee May 12, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Mac, although I appreciate the reply. How many people do you know that would post on a public forum the facts of food right down to the smallest detail? and they are not in the food business? My point is that if you don't like a food establishment, then you do not have to eat there. But to publicly degrade a local business that has brought many jobs to the area and is employing kids from the local schools that need to jobs. As well, the adults being employed by the establishment. Although, the food may not be to the liking of Airgead, it is not the feeling of a large majority that frequent The Roadhouse. Why don't people post about the positive impact of a place of business instead of jumping on when they can criticize. Trust me, I have frequented many establishments in the area and at times the food was horrible that night. I sent it back and it did not come back good the second time. My point is that at one time we have all had a bad meal in a restaurant and I don't jump on a public forum and bash the restaurant and my meal. Unless Airgead is a food critic which I am pretty confident that is not the case. Does is really warrant all the negativy and hype noted in those comments. Seriously, how about looking at the fact a "bad meal is a bad meal" and move on. Do you really think that one bad meal should warrant and define a restaurant? if that was the case, there would be no restaurants.
DLee May 12, 2012 at 05:21 PM
One more thing.............do you honestly believe that a legitimate customer/person would make this reference on a public forum in regard to women "The Roadhouse being busy, is not an indication that the food is good, or good for you ... any more than Le Cafe being busy, indicates the women there look good." do you truly believe referencing the looks of women at an establishment is not a person that is bitter or has a hidden agenda? again facts or no facts, I stand by my original statements.
Mac May 12, 2012 at 05:26 PM
I don't think he me.ant to degrade anyone. If you read his posts not really his style. He hammers home facts. My point is and always has been if the place is busy people must think it is good. That is a personal opinion.
An tUasal Airgead May 13, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Frank, The article was a review of food in which the writers gave a tepid recommendation of the food. I said it sucked. You said it was good. We all stated our opinions. We disagreed. Really no big deal. Posting the nutritional values of course has no effect on the flavor of the food, nor did I infer it did, but it does allow people to evaluate their choices. This is especially important for people who are dealing with cholestorol issues, celiac disease (gluten-free), diabetes, shellfish allergies, or for those who are concerned enough with their health to take the time to review what they are eating. Not making an informed decision, or being provided with the information to do so, is what I would call stupidity.
An tUasal Airgead May 13, 2012 at 03:08 PM
DLee, Your first post is Patch is to attack me because I didn’t like the food at a local restaurant, while fabricating a claim with no basis whatsoever, that I must be part of a local failing business? It appears as if you might have more of a vested interest in the local restaurant business, than me, because I have none. As far as the nutritional information requirements I posted, they were cut & pasted from the link provided, based on a federal law. There is no such thing, as too much knowledge and information! As for the rest of your nonsensical ranting ... it doesn't deserve a response.
An tUasal Airgead May 13, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Mac, Thanks.

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