Nevada Public Radio Listen Live

"BBC World Service"
Facebook Twitter Follow Nevada Public Radio

Support Nevada Public Radio
March 16, 2000

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Lunch at Lone Star


Once upon a mid-day dreary as I pondered weak and weary, I ended up eating a terrible lunch when breakfast was clearly in order. I began describing this sorry state of affairs to you last week as I itemized my short list of weekend breakfast places which are always overflowing with customers and underfeeding me.

On the rainy day in question, I was desperate. My teenage son was doing a fine impersonation of a cranky adolescent and my growling stomach was starting to overrule my finicky taste buds. The situation was becoming so desperate that we resolved to eat in the next place we saw. Unfortunately, that place turned out to be the Lone Star Steakhouse. Steakhouses as a rule tend to be cookie cutter operations. Limited in menu selection and imagination they are a sure fire way for corporate America to bank on your dining-out dollars. No matter how bad they are, the public can't get enough of food that could be made better and cheaper at home. Steaks and potatoes are two recipe-resilient products so all you have to do is throw in a few deep-fried appetizers and a hokey theme and pardner, you have a recipe for success.

The Lone Star is no better or worse than any others, and I even use to love the buckets of peanuts that came with the table for munching and tossing on the floor. Well the peanuts are gone, and so is the quality. If tasteless salads, rubbery chicken fingers, and chili so bland that it could've come from a hospital cafeteria are your bag, then you'll love the pseudo-Texas fare here. Like most mid- and low-range steakhouses, the Lone Star's kitchen philosophy is deep fry it or load it with sodium and they will come. Well, come they do, to a cholesterol-fest that's a waste of time and calories. Food this bad for you should at least taste good, so like Edgar Allen Poe's Raven I must quoth "nevermore" to the Lone Star Steakhouse.

See discussion rules.


Nov 24, 2010 | Thanksgiving 2010 - Another Beanie Reveal
John Curtas delves into family history to discover the real story behind Grandma Schroader's Sour Beans.

Nov 19, 2009 | Valentino -- You don't know the truffles I've seen
According to Food Critic John Curtas, no other Italian restaurant in Las Vegas has performed at such a high level for so long.

Oct 1, 2009 | Blow It Up
In at least one part of town, our dining critic John Curtas says the food used to be a lot better.

Sep 25, 2009 | Social Media Meltdown
For our dining critic, John Curtas, social media has started to intrude on dining out.

Sep 2, 2009 | Discovering LOS ANTOJOS
Our dining critic John Curtas finds a new affordable favorite.

Aug 20, 2009 | Chinois R.I.P.
For John Curtas the recent closing of Wolfgang Puck's first Las Vegas restaurant brings back memories.

Aug 3, 2009 | Food, Inc.
John Curtas turns movie reviewer today - but the subject is in his usual area of expertise. Hear his review of "Food, Inc."

Jul 16, 2009 | The Steak That Saved Las Vegas
Dining critic John Curtas finds some steak aged for EIGHT MONTHS and he tells us how it tastes.

Jul 2, 2009 | Bang for Your Buck
Everyone's food budget is tighter these days. But if you still want to dine out now and then, our dining critic John Curtas has a few tips on restaurants now giving you more bang for your buck.

Jun 19, 2009 | Whassup with Wazuzu
Explore Dining Critic John Curtas' love/hate relationship with Wazuzu. If you want to spice up your dinner go for at least a "4 or 5."

Jun 12, 2009 | Two Farmer's Markets
Fresh, locally produced food has become a big trend across the U.S. Our food critic, John Curtas, says there's more of this trend in Las Vegas than you might think.

Jun 4, 2009 | MandM Soul Food
John Curtas tells us about one of his favorite dining spots - a surpsingly affordable one.

May 28, 2009 | Checkpoint Charlie
While fine dining has seen a downturn in Las Vegas in recent months, our dining critic John Curtas says at least one dining legend intends to stay put. Charlie Trotter is standing pat in Las Vegas. John Curtas reviews Resturant Charlie.

May 8, 2009 | Food Festival Frenzy!
It's a time of many food festivals in Las Vegas. John Curtas has an overview.

May 5, 2009 | Peppermill Coffee Shop and Fireside Lounge
A landmark Las Vegas restaurant gets a visit from John Curtas. He takes you to the Peppermill.

Apr 23, 2009 | Thai Me Up Thai Me Down
Thai cuisine is starting to show up in more places in Las Vegas. John Curtas has some recommendations

Apr 9, 2009 | A Gourmet Corner - In Spring Valley?
Food Critic John Curtas takes a trip to the strangest gourmet corner in town.

Apr 2, 2009 | Pip's is a Pip
If you're looking for good dining near Aliante, our dining critic, John Curtas, has found a new place to go.

Mar 26, 2009 | Stripped to Its Bare Essentials
Dining on steak at Planet Hollywood! John Curtas takes you along.

Mar 19, 2009 | Hachi is absolutely amazing!
John Curtas has a find - a Japanese-fusion restaurant on the west edge of the city.

Web hosting facilities provided by Switch.