Editor’s Note: Last year, Michael and Nicole Borrell began reviewing Lebanon Valley’s restaurants and eating attractions as the Lebanon Valley Food Critics. Since then, the couple has aimed to offer unbiased reviews of the eating and drinking establishments the Lebanon Valley has to offer. LebTown is pleased to be partnering with LVFC to share these reviews with our readers. Bon appétit!
The critic crew has had a busy last couple of weeks. Some nights, schedules just don’t go according to plan. Between a sick little critic, work schedules, and evening meetings, our dinner plans change. Tonight was one of those nights.
I had a gift card from a while back for a local chain, so we decided that we would stop over and see what our impression was.
Located along Route 422 in front of the Lebanon Valley Mall sits LongHorn Steakhouse, a standalone restaurant with an upscale feel but can still be a casual experience.
2125 Cumberland Street
Lebanon, PA 17042
Monday – 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Tuesday – 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Wednesday – 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Thursday – 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday – 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Saturday – 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Sunday – 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
For our meal tonight, we ordered the Texas Tonion ($9.99) as an appetizer, the Cowboy Pork Chops ($18.99) with sweet potato and house salad, and the Ribeye ($24.79) with sautéed onions and mushrooms, loaded baked potato and house salad.
The tonion was a breaded onion petals dish served with a zesty horsey dip. A standard appetizer that can be found at these restaurants – but any deep fried onion is a good onion!
Our porkchops entrée was two 8 oz. center cut bone in chops that were seasoned and seared. It appeared one of the chops got a little extra seasoning added to it and was on the salty side. After scraping off the excess seasoning, all was good on that front. The chops could have used more of a sear – that crispy crunch is what makes this style of chop.
The ribeye came out as a true medium rare, the way I like it. Contrary to our other dish, the seasoning for our steak was perfect. My only complaint for this meal was I expected the onions and mushrooms to already come on top of the steak.
Our take: Of the two chain steakhouses that can be found within the Valley, this one gives the more upscale feel. They can season and grill a fair steak. Though the seasoning on one of our dishes was a bit salty, we don’t get the impression that this is the norm. Expect to pay chain prices for appetizers and entrées but for they do supply quality food.
We give this place .
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