This past Saturday, Station Casinos had their Big Poker Freeroll tournament, which was open to poker players who logged 60 hours or more in live play in any of the property poker rooms over several months.
I qualified for the tournament at Texas Station. I had never been there and after flopping a set of Queens only to get knocked out on the river when a guy hit a straight I really was in no hurry to return.
But by the time I took the walk from the tournament area back to the casino that beautiful sound of chips rattling on the felt was like sweet music to my ears. I played some poker after all and didn’t drive all the way across town to just turn around and go home.
My decision proved to be a wise one as four hours later I was up $500 and really starting to like Texas Station.
But more importantly, I was also getting hungry. I saw Austin’s Steakhouse and thought about a big juicy steak after a hard day’s work of poker.
I was impressed with the décor as I walked in. I sat down with the intention of ordering a steak. I was eyeing up either the Porterhouse or the Bone-In Ribeye but the waiter threw me a curve I didn’t see coming.
As he took my drink order he told me about that night’s specials. When getting to the 26 oz. Lobster Tail he had my full attention. The table to the right of me had a couple eating dinner. The husband had the Bone-In Ribeye and he was enjoying it immensely. But how often do you get a chance to have a 26 oz. Lobster Tail? I went with the Lobster Special figuring I can always come back for the ribeye.
I started with the Steakhouse Chopped Salad based on my waiter’s recommendation; it was excellent. I also got the Onion Soup and was very happy with that choice as well.
The monster lobster tail was removed from its shell and sitting on top like a king on his throne. It was incredible! Can’t wait to go back for the ribeye.
The nice thing about Austin’s was the quality. It was as good as most of the steakhouses on the Strip but much more affordable.
I didn’t have room for dessert but before leaving stopped by the Café and took home a slice of their Chocolate Fudge cake.
If you like chocolate you will love this cake.
The wait staff at Austin’s was very attentive. I will give Austin’s a rating of 3.75 Forks out of 4.
Marco D’Angelo is the senior handicapper at Pregame.com. He co-hosts FIRST PREVIEW every Thursday at 10 a.m. on ESPN 1100 AM/98.9 FM. Follow him on twitter: @MarcoInVegas. Contact him at [email protected].