09 April 2007

Location: Brentwood, Missouri
Time: Easter Sunday, 08 April 2007 7:15 pm
Company: Jim and Hilary

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We chose Houlihan’s because we wanted a menu with lots of variety. We didn’t want to limit ourselves to one cuisine (because we couldn’t decide what we wanted.) The Houlihan’s we visited had opened only recently; it moved from the Galleria to a new location on Hanley Road. They were playing a baseball game on several tvs (Red Sox at Rangers.) I also noticed that they have these little devices at the booths where you can choose songs to play or something. Hilary said she read something about it in the menu, but I don’t know the details. We weren’t sitting at a booth.

We were seated right away. All three of us started off with the Loaded Baked Potato Soup. It is delicious. Hilary and Jim got theirs without the green onion, but I didn’t mind it. It has nice big chunks of red potato, real bacon bits, and cheddar cheese in a wonderfully creamy sauce. It is served with packets of jumbo oyster crackers. One of my favorite restaurant soups.

Jim ordered the Stuffed Chicken Breast. It was stuffed with a garlic-herb cream cheese, breaded, and served with mashed potatoes and broccoli. He loved it.

Hilary got an appetizer as her entrée, the Blackened Chicken and Caramelized Onion Quesadilla. She said it was spicy, and she loved it. I tried a small bite; it had too much pepperjack cheese for my tastes. It was served with salsa, sour cream, and guacamole. I also tried a bit of the guacamole; it was just ok. Not enough big chunks of avocado for me.

When looking at the menu, I was pretty sure I wanted steak. I thought the Prime Top Sirloin sounded good, but couldn’t decide if I should get the 5 oz. or the 9 oz. The 9 was $3 more. I went with the 5. When I got it, I wished I had gotten the 9. It just looked really small. It came with a mountain of red mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus. The sirloin was really good. I order my steak medium; I have trouble chewing steak done more than that. It was really tender and very flavorful. The mashed potatoes were good, but I would have preferred to have eaten less of them and gotten the bigger sirloin.

I wasn’t so crazy about the asparagus. I have limited experience with fresh asparagus (my mom only ever got the canned kind, which I liked.) The first bite I took seemed incredibly salty. I don’t know if it was marinated in soy, or what, but it seemed a bit overpowering. After a couple of more bites, I decided I just didn’t like it. I don’t know if it was just this asparagus, or not, but I just didn’t like the flavor of the asparagus itself. I would like to get some fresh asparagus and make it myself sometime.

Overall, a great experience at Houlihan’s.



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