Happy Valentine's Day

Valentine's card? No.
Red roses? No.
Chocolate? Maybe after dinner.
What do you want for Valentine's dinner? Steak.

thanks Mike! http://www.flickr.com/photos/anotherpintplease/3122808298/in/set-72157604666586565

This year we decided that instead of spending the evening staring at each other all moon-faced, we'd celebrate with some great friends who also love steak.

We scored a reservation for 4 at our favorite LOCAL steakhouse - Austin Land and Cattle Company. It's a great place, and we were happy to be there with Karin and Connie for their first time in.

Don't be fooled by the ho-hum exterior. You won't have to see it for long. Inside, there's the just right mix of fancy and casual. Dark wood, black and white tablecloths, and decor leaning towards Texas-y Folk-y with a near life-sized John Wayne cut out thrown in for good measure.

We started with some of their Shiner battered mushrooms with creamy chipotle sauce. A bottle of an Oregon Pinot Noir. I don't remember which one. Andy and I had our usual steaks, filet and NY strip. Karin had the bone-in Rib Eye. Connie had a no bone Rib Eye. Karin and I opted for drinks instead of dessert. She had a 10-year old tawny port and I had a White Cadillac, which turned out to be liquid dessert. Andy had cheese cake - plain, thank you very much - and Connie had warm fudge brownie pie with ice cream. As usual, the steaks were cooked exactly the way we ordered.

Being Valentine's Day, almost every woman in the place wore red (we didn't). And, being Valentine's Day, most couples just sat staring moon-faced at each other (we didn't).