Report Card: Logan’s Roadhouse

Logan's Roadhouse

Logan’s Roadhouse

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http://www.logansroadhouse.com/

Overall GrubGrade A

 

The Breakdown:

Atmosphere:  Grade B:  Logan’s Roadhouse has a fairly new location on Sawmill Road in Columbus.  If you’re anything like us, you usually drive right by when you spot that Logan’s neon sign nearby.  This is a situation where we admittedly judged a book by its perceived cover.  We were wrong, which is why we preach that you shouldn’t do that.  Logan’s Roadhouse was a tad noisy, but nothing overwhelming.  The interior is “barn-like” in its size, and its décor is suitably rustic.  Guess what, my friends?  More peanuts.  But those restaurants like Texas Roadhouse and River City Café could learn a lesson from Logan’s.  Even though there were peanuts in abundance – none were on the floor.  Apparently these crazy folks at Logan’s Roadhouse bought a broom before they opened AND trained their staff on its proper use.  Tables/booths were nicely spaced, and we were overall pretty impressed.

High marks:  No peanuts on the floor, very spacious and clean

Low marks:   Just a little bit noisy for our liking

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Service:  Grade A:  If you follow this blog then you know that we are a bit snobbish when it comes to service.  We want to leave feeling like we were the only customer in the joint, and we shouldn’t have to wait or ask for anything.  Sounds fairly unreasonable, right?  Just when we start convincing ourselves this is the case, we get a server like Kylie, who meets or exceeds those lofty expectations.  Kylie took care of us on our visit to Logan’s Roadhouse, and she did a fantastic job.  She gave me that precious extra few minutes with the menu that some servers seem to be annoyed by, and our food and drinks were brought to us in a timely fashion.  Kylie also gave Katina some pointers on how to spruce up her cocktail as well as her entrée.  We really felt she went the extra mile, and no offense to Logan’s, but Kylie would make a small killing in an upscale restaurant.

High marks:  Great suggestions on tweaking our meals and drinks

Low marks:   None

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Food/Spirits:  Grade A:  That is not a typo.  Admittedly, we are just as surprised as you.  We believe that Logan’s Roadhouse has received the highest score for a restaurant that we would not consider upscale.  Katina ordered a drink called Strawberry Stormy.  Upon Kylie’s recommendation, Katina substituted rum for one of the other ingredients and thought Kylie’s advice was spot on.  The drink had a nice and strong strawberry flavor, and it had quite a kick to it as well.  Katina ordered two of them, and she rarely orders a repeat of the same drink, especially on the first visit when she has so much of the drink menu to still explore.  She described them as smooth…”like drinking Kool-Aid.”  I went for a couple of Sam Adams Boston Lagers.  Most of you who partake in beer have probably tried Sam Adams Boston Lager.  I like it because it is smooth and has just the right amount of hop notes for my taste.  For entrées, Katina ordered the Ultimate Combo with lobster tail, and I chose the 16oz Ribeye.  Katina’s fried shrimp had a nice flavor and a healthy spice kick to it, while she found the grilled shrimp to have a nice grilled flavor (don’t ask me, that’s how she describes it).  Katina is a bit of a lobster snob, so when she gave the lobster tail at Logan’s a thumbs up, that’s worthy of notice.  Katina found the lobster to be nicely seasoned.  She ordered a Caesar salad as one of her sides and broccoli as the other.  The salad was good, and she found the broccoli to be nice and buttery and well-seasoned.  The ribeye was enormous.  It was a little thin for my taste, but I ordered it medium well and it came out medium well, which is a lot rarer than you’d think (get it?).  The ribeye I had at Logan’s Roadhouse might have been one of the best cooked pieces of meat I’ve eaten.  I ordered rice pilaf and fries as my sides, and thought the fries were much better than the rice (which was a little on the bland side), they were both good enough for my liking.  No dessert on this occasion, because we were completely stuffed.

High marks:  Well-seasoned broccoli, shrimp, and lobster, good mixed drinks, well cooked steak              

Low marks:  Rice pilaf a little bland, fries good but ordinary

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Value:  Grade A+:  Okay, so we completely pigged out and each ordered 2 drinks.  We didn’t go so far as loosen our waistbands, but we were very satisfied when we left.  How much did it cost, you ask?   In and out for $65, which is a great value considering portion size and quality of food.  You have to hit up this Logan’s Roadhouse next time you’re on Sawmill.  You will not be disappointed.

High marks:   Lots of really tasty, well-prepared food for a bargain price

Low marks:  None if you like eating AND keeping most of your money

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