9.356 Longhorn Steak


27 (Thu) December 2018

Longhorn Steak


at The Golden Steer Steakhouse

-Las Vegas, Nevada, USA-

with the Family

Winter Vacation in the USA, Day 9.

We’re spending our holiday in the States – first time for the boys – including Los Angeles and Orange County, Las Vegas, and Grand Canyon – the farthest (distance), longest (duration), and most complicated (itinerary) trip that we’ve ever taken.


While I am happy to eat any kind of cuisine for dinner, I prefer overwhelmingly to eat Korean food – specifically, rice and soup – for breakfast.

As the packed house would suggest, early morning, everyone Korean – the food was totally legit.

Now that I think about it – given the Korean preference for soup to treat hangovers – this kind of Korean restaurant makes perfect sense in Las Vegas.


I’m beginning to realize that the family will go along with whatever/wherever I want to eat, so long as they get a Korean meal every couple days or so.


Las Vegas is now the 31st city outside of Korea where I’ve had Korean food (see KOREAN ABROAD).


For the next two nights, we’ll be staying at The Venetian.

Much nicer, homier, and roomier than The Luxor.


Yes, David Copperfield is still alive.

DJ is holding the balloon, which contains shards of the popped balloon.

During the show, he performed an elaborate illusion – everything he does is elaborate in the set-up, though the pay-off is often quite simple – which ended with him popping a balloon – as if by magic! – inside a bigger balloon.  He then turned and gave the balloon to DJ, who now forever more has a personal story about David Copperfield.


The Golden Steer Steakhouse is an American steak restaurant.  Founded 1958.  Claims to be the oldest steakhouse in Las Vegas.  Prides itself on once being frequented by famous customers like Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, and Joe DiMaggio – all from the 1960s – though no mention of anyone famous this century.

Anyway, I was looking for that old-school classic steakhouse vibe.


Just so happens to be the restaurant’s 60th anniversary this year, with a special “throwback” menu.


Alas, the food was disappointing.  Reflecting the retro ambiance perhaps, the dishes were rather unsophisticated, clunky in preparation, clumsy in presentation.  Even the service – old white men in black tie – was a bit rough and gruff.  I got exactly what I was looking for, I suppose.

Golden Steer Mixed Green Salad (1.5): iceberg lettuce, cucumber, carrot in the house vinaigrette, which tasted like a blend of Kraft “Italian” and “French” dressings.
Fresh Oyster on the Half Shell (1.0): boorishly big, bitter and bland – should’ve sent them back.
Jumbo Western Australian Lobster Tail (2.5): a bit rubbery in texture, a bit flat in flavor.

The New York sirloin strip already being my favorite cut, I couldn’t resist the offer of a 24-ounce portion (680 g).  Generally, I prefer strips to be around 16 ounces (450 g) (see for example 9.295 Char-Grilled Hanwoo Strip Steak).

However, as with the rest of the meal, the steak wasn’t so great.  The crust was burnt and the interior, overcooked to medium, was dry.  As evidenced by the photo, much of the juice had already bled onto the plate, even before cutting into the meat.  At Mamou back home, we can finish off an 800 g ribeye and still want more (see for example 9.240 Angus Ribeye USDA Prime Grade Steak (Twin)), but here we left one third of the strip untouched.  Most certainly not “The Best Steak on Earth.”


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