To get in the mood to watch Brokeback Mountain after dinner, we opted for a place with Western appeal. One can opt for many steakhouses. The newest addition to Wilkes-Barre: Logan’s Roadhouse.
On a double-date, I headed to the new arena-area eatery, my Mazda almost sinking in the deep, violent sea of vehicles. Conquering the wave of cars, we made it to the lot and managed to find a spot. But, our friends had to park at Wal-Mart and walk over. (Yeah- it was that packed.)
We were promptly greeted by a hostess, handed peanut-bucket shaped menus and were told we had a 25 to 40-minute wait. Indecisive me was gleaming on the inside that I would probably know what I wanted by then. Twenty minutes later, we were seated in a step-up booth in the huge non-smoking section. The dining room was huge, airy and rustic- all the makings of a real roadhouse. Neon beer signs adorned every corner of every wall. As we walked to our table, the crunching of peanut shells under my cowboy boots startled me.
When our waitress asked for our drink order, we also gave our food order. I ordered the Brewksi Onion Sirloin, a steak covered in onions simmered in Amber Bock (a lovely, dark and sweet brew) and garlic butter ($10.99) and my date got the chopped steak ($9.99), smothered in onions and mushrooms. Our couple across the booth ordered the Logan’s Filet Mignon (6oz., $15.99) and the mesquite grilled chicken topped with parmesan cheese ($9.99). Each meal came with two sides and fresh yeast bread. We all opted for the made-from-scratch mashed potatoes and all opted, for $.79 extra, to have them loaded: mixed with sour cream and bacon and topped with shredded, melted cheddar. For our second side, I had broccoli (the fresh veggie of the day), Dave had a house salad, and Colleen and Andy- newly engaged- cutely ordered the same: mac and cheese.
We wasted no time digging into the complimentary tin can of roasted peanuts on the table. Soon, we were delivered the hot, fresh yeast bread which was fluffy and fantastic. Our entrees soon came and we could not believe the portion size of the sides. Totally worth the money, almost too much for the reasonable rates! Everyone said their meal was excellent. I didn’t taste anyone else’s, but I can attest that the sauce dripping from my steak was one of the best tastes I have had in a long time- I soaked up every last ounce of juice. Dave had a bite and was sad he did not order the same. “Next time,” he said.
I can assure you there will be a next time. The mashed potatoes alone would bring me back. We were kind of rushed out, which we paid no attention to. When we did get the bill, we double-checked to make sure everything was counted. $62.51 for four people, including the most expensive meal in the house and one beer. Fine dining quality, a filling meal (thankfully we skipped the appetizers), totally reasonable prices and kick-butt potatoes give Logan’s an A+.