Longhorn Steakhouse Offers Spectacular Summer Specialties

Last week I had the opportunity to host a fun blogger event at LongHorn Steakhouse's Merrillville, Indiana location, where some friends and I sampled items from the new Prime Time menu, a collection of Happy Hour cocktails and small bites to satisfy those after-work cravings. Among the new selections were Wild West Shrimp Tacos, Spicy Chicken Bites and Sweet Corn Fritters, which are all in the $3 to $5 range and perfect for sharing. Accompanying beverages included a refreshing Cucumber Mint Mojito, the Classic Steakhouse Marinti and more.

The manager, Joel, also took time to show us some of the other new seasonal menu items and we couldn't resist giving a couple a try. I'm a huge fan of grilled fruits, so I had to try out the Grilled Watermelon Wedge Salad. It was uber amazing! I'm such a salad girl and this is a salad I could eat every day and never get tired of it. It was a creative change from the kale or romaine with strawberries that is so common in restaurants this time of year. The grilled watermelon is brushed with honey and served along with romaine, kale, quinoa and goat cheese and tossed in a lemon viaigrette drizzled in balsamic glaze.

The other item we tried was the new Fire Grilled Hawaiian Ribeye, a boneless ribeye steak marinated in sweet ginger garlic soy sauce topped with roasted pineapple compote. We paired it with rice pilaf and fire-grilled asparagus. Joel told us how the restaurant uses only fresh high-quality steaks and we could tell the difference at the first bite. It was so tender, juicy and full of flavor. The pineapple compote was an awesome compliment and the asparagus was a perfect side. I would recommend it for any steak lover who wants a little splash of summer along with their dinner. This is one of the limited time chef selections which change frequently, so be sure to get in soon to taste both of these fantastic seasonal dishes!

***I was provided with a gift card for food sampling. All opinions are my own.