Finally, a place I can wear my cowboy hat: the new Cattlemen’s Steak House & Saloon in Lindenhurst. There, all the waiters and waitresses are decked out in straw Stetson knockoffs.
The sprawling place alongside a Lindenhurst canal was once Indian Taj, but you’d never know it from the wooden booths and Old West decor.
Steaks are chargrilled and well-priced, if not Peter Luger quality. I mean, $19.99 for a 30-ounce Porterhouse isn't bad, right?
At lunch this week, I cut into a 16-ounce spice-rubbed New York strip steak ($18.99) and it oozed beefy juices. Much less impressive was a 6-ounce filet mignon ($11.99), which was as rare as I'd requested but inexplicably dry.
Best among all the sides was a plain baked sweet potato, which didn’t need the maple butter on the side. Steamed broccoli, scampi style, had a harsh garlic cast while creamed spinach was watery.
Also part of the roundup: burgers, salads, ribs and lots more. And, a kids' menu.
Cattlemen's Steakhouse & Saloon is at 127 Montauk Hwy., Lindenhurst, 631-991-3542, cattlemenssteak.com.
New York strip steak with sweet potato and steamed broccoli at Cattlemen's Steakhouse & Saloon