Wednesday, November 11, 2009
The Wagon Wheel Steakhouse
For some time I had been wanting to try the Wagon Wheel Steakhouse just east of Petal on Hwy 42. Over the weekend the wife and I went there for dinner. I had fairly high expectations going in because of some good reviews that I have read and from talking with friends that have been there.
When we arrived the parking lot was pretty full, but we didn't have to wait long to be seated. Our hostess and server were polite even if they were a bit over-worked that night.
The decor was kind of what you would expect from a steakhouse, western motif, but they may be trying a little two hard. But, it was clean, well kept and inviting.
We began our meal with an order of onion rings, they were pretty much run of the mill pre-cut, pre-battered rings and were honestly over cooked.
For the entrees we both decided on the 12 oz. New York Strip cooked medium, house salads and loaded baked potatoes.
The salads were pretty standard steakhouse fair, my bleu cheese dressing was good, I am sure not house made, but good quality. They do seem to house make their curtons which is a nice touch. The yeast rolls were nothing to write home about, but they were not bad.
When the steaks arrived, I was impressed, my strip certainly looked to be larger than the advertised 12 oz. They were still sizzling when they got to the table. My steak was a bit on the rare side of medium, but the flavor was great, no steak sauce wanted or needed. They were seared with a Chicago style dry seasoning, a perfect compliment to the steaks. My cut was very good, my wife's cut was not the same quality as the one I was served, but it was still a nice cut.
The loaded baked potatoes were good, nice portion and not over baked.
The Wagon Wheel has not been in business that long, and I am sure they will only get better in time. The Wagon Wheel is a good value and very good steaks, if they can improve their sides to a quality anywhere close to their steaks they will hit a home run every time.