Houston’s Restaurant: Great Service, Great Food, Not So Great Prices

2991 Michelson Dr.
Irvine, CA 92612
(949) 833-0977
http://www.hillstone.com

I would first like to say that this dinner would not have been possible if was not for my brother who generously always pays when we eat out, therefore I plan on sticking with him for my future dinners from now on hahaha, jk, but thanks.  On another note, I would also like to say that I sincerely apologize to all our loyal readers.  Julie and I have been supremely busy with our personal lives and can’t make it out to eat as much as we use to, not to mention we are both more poor than ever lol.  Anywho, I’ve eaten at Houston’s before and I thought their prime rib sandwich was amazing, and my brother was craving steak, so naturally we headed here.

When we arrived, it was a  bit of a wait even though we had reservations.  The place always seems to be jammed packed with people.  When we did get seated, the servers and hosts were friendly, but the feeling of generosity and great service was chopped down a notch by the constant reminders on the menus to tip 15% and on the receipt when we were paying -_-.  I feel like you only get a great tip if you deserved it.  Luckily they did, but still, having the amount we should tip on the receipt is a little on the annoying side, we know what proper tipping and etiquette is lol.

On to the food.  We ordered the Osaka style Ahi tuna sushi roll to start, prime rib steak, prime rib sandwich with au jus, apple walnut cobbler, and a hot fudge sundae.  The prime rib was juicy and well cooked and at $30, I think it was decently priced.  If you dip it in the au jus they provide and spread on some horseradish, you got a good recipe for some great prime rib steak.

The Osaka style Ahi tuna was good, but honestly, not $16 good for just 4 pieces.  We thought it would come with 8 pieces like any other place, but no, only 4.  Which meant each bite was $4, and even though it was good, it was not $4 a bite good.  The Ahi seemed fresh enough, but definitely not sushi fresh.  The taste of the roll was a twist between buttery, savory, and sweet.  I’m not sure how to describe it.  It was unique, but I honestly wouldn’t recommend it…at least not for that price.

The prime rib sandwich with au jus is always good here.  The meat is cooked to the perfect tenderness and the au jus on the side for dipping finishes off the sandwich perfectly. However, at $18 a dish, it’s quite pricey for what you get.  As for the deserts, what can I say, it was belly busting good!  The apple walnut cobbler with vanilla ice cream was amazing.  The prominent seasoning is definitely fresh cinnamon, because it really comes through in every bite.  The apple cobbler itself was delicious, a little on the sweet side, but nothing too crazy.  As for the hot fudge sundae, oh my.  Let’s just say, the best hot fudge sundae I’ve had by far.  Granted I haven’t had many sundaes to compare to, but the hot fudge was not overly sweet or overly powerful in it’s chocolate taste.  It was very mild.  Mild enough that you could really taste the ice cream in combination with the hot fudge.  Top it all off with sugar crusted pecans and you will die happy right then and there.  The deserts were $8 a piece, a little pricey for the portions.

I think Houston’s is a great place to have dinner.  The ambiance is cozy and you can definitely enjoy a nice dinner with family and friends.  The prices, however, will probably be a huge factor for some people deciding if they want to come here.  Each entree is roughly around $16-$30 and some being more expensive if you want steak.  The quality here is no doubt great, but remember, get ready to spend that week’s paycheck!

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~ by thankgoditsfood on May 9, 2010.

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