Long Horn – Duck Duck Moo

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - by Willie Mae

With both of us in the mood for a good steak, my son Jack took me to dinner at Long Horn Restaurant located on Brainerd Road. By the time we ordered a Diet Coke and looked over the menu we knew what appetizer and meal we wanted so we ordered right away.

I let Jack pick the appetizer and he said he wanted to try their Duck Drummetts for $8.49. He said, “I want wings, but I figure this is close enough.” I didn’t think duck legs compared to chicken wings at all, but I didn’t say a word - I just minded my own business.

I ordered Flo’s Filet and Lobster Tail for $26.99 and Jack ordered the 11-ounce Renegade Steak for $17.00 … and then he changed his mind twice in one sentence and said, “…or I might get the eight ounce… no, I will get the 11.” The boy waiting on us was patient and friendly and went to grab the drummetts.

As we waited, I noticed there was a real cow’s head on the wall. I realized that certain restaurants have moose or elk heads, but I had never seen anyone keep the cow head for decorating purposes. I wonder what the butcher must have thought when the Long Horn people said, “Hey Mack, just throw the head in there, too!”

A decoration I liked was a wine rack put together with horse shoes. I thought that was pretty clever.

Our duck legs arrived and they looked de-e-licious! There were two for each of us, but I know my son and he would eat his fast and go for mine. If my boy asks me if I am ‘gonna eat that’ he knows I  never will. We were both hungry and those duck legs were so good, I figure I better get my other leg before I finished eating my first leg. The sauce was very tasty as well.

The boy brought our salads and once again, I forgot to say, “Leave off the onions.” Luckily, there was only one small ring I could move off my plate and enjoy the rest of my salad. The lettuce and salad accessories were all fresh and delicious, but the blue cheese dressing was the best I had ever tasted! I wanted to know what kind they used, but I never got to ask. Jack got his old stand-by “Thousand Island”.  I don’t think he has ever ordered any other dressing since he was a kid.

He liked the honey-wheat bread, but I was just interested in my salad and I ate all of it! It was so good I hoped I would still be able to eat my meal.

In order to do my little hobby, I try to order a variety of things even if I just taste it, but I ate both my duck legs and all of my salad and I was getting worried I wouldn’t be able to eat another bite.

Whenever I let anyone come on one of these jaunts, I have to remind them not to get started on their meal until I take a picture and I always have to remind Jack! This time when the meals arrived Jack had to remind me because I had already peppered my potato. I like when potatoes are seasoned with sea salt on the outside, but this one was plain. It was still good, but too much to eat.

We both ordered our steaks “medium rare” but I have yet to see a place get it right. When I expect to see deep pink to a slight red center, I usually am given a barely pink center, which was the case this time. I am forgiving of how restaurants cook their steaks because nobody ever gets it right. Aside from that – our meal was wonderful. The lobster tail was the perfect size when pairing it with the steak – just enough to have a good taste of it. It didn’t come with butter sauce the way I am used to, so the boy said he would go make me some.

Jack always eats fast and our server had already taken his plate, but I didn’t know it when I asked if he wanted the rest of my steak. My boy doesn’t need a plate (or utensils) to enjoy food and he grabbed the piece of steak and ate it in two bites.

The place was so busy I bet half of Chattanooga was there, but they seemed to handle it well and our server was very efficient. I recommend this place anytime especially when you are so hungry you think you will eat all of your salad and both of your legs.

Hours: 

Sunday-Thursday
11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Friday-Saturday
11 a.m.-11 p.m.


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