Friday, August 12, 2011

Ribs At Longhorn Steakhouse in Columbia

Did you know there are chain restaurants in Howard County?

If you look at this blog, you'd think this town was controlled by the Little Restaurant Mafia.  But there are a few chains around apparently.  Good news for Mrs. HowChow, who likes her ribs falling off the bone from Longhorn Steakhouse.

This is one of the divides in our house.  What makes great ribs?  I root for the smoke flavor and the chewy tooth at Kloby's Smokehouse on Johns Hopkins Road.  Mrs. HowChow wants texture and lots of sauce.

The Longhorn ribs were Sunday dinner so that I could get out afterwards and work the garden.  They came with two sides -- broccoli and mashed potatoes.  (Side note: Who sells ribs without selling coleslaw as well?  The broccoli was nicely cooked, but too healthy for a night of ribs.  The potatoes -- or the butter in the potatoes -- almost made up for it.)

The ribs come away from the bones like cling-free peaches.  Not falling off, but coming with a tug.  The meat was tender.  Mrs. HowChow thought the meat was flavorful, and she liked the sauce.  They gave us a full container with of sauce on the side.  Sauce makes her happy.  She also likes the bread, which comes warm at the restaurant but still fresh and slightly nutty in the take home packet.

Those touches make Longhorn stand out, and I enjoy those ribs.  They're Mrs. HowChow's top ribs in Howard County.  And what husband would disagree to tell you about Kloby's?

Longhorn Steakhouse
8650 Snowden River Pkwy

Columbia, MD 21045
(410) 953-8180

NEAR: This is the shopping center on Snowden River just north of Rte 175.  If you're going to Target from Snowden River, the Longhorn is on the right side of that access road.  It's next to a Red Robin.


Anonymous said...

My boyfriend and I both work at that location. I always suggest the ribs for those who didn't come specifically for a steak. Thanks for giving a chain credit where due! When you come back try our salmon too, it's my favorite.

Jenny said...

This article is a couple of years old, but I just discovered it via that new website It gives some interesting insight into Longhorn's research ... it actually made me more inclined to try them.

KiMD said...

Thanks for posting about Longhorn. We haven't been there in years, but we need a good source of ribs for when we aren't cooking them ourselves. Our one try at Klobys was a huge disappointment. The flavor was good, but the meat was extremely dry and stringy and you had to tear it off the bone. No one in my family is willing to try them again. We love Kloby's pulled pork sandwiches, but the ribs were a big disappointment. I'll let you know what we think about the ribs at Longhorn.

Morty Abzug said...

Ooh, it's OK to talk up chains now? Excellent. In that case, let me put in a good word for Carrabba's Italian Grill. The bread + olive oil + pesto that they serve as the per-table freebie makes the trip worthwhile on its own.