It was my mom's birthday so we decided to go to the Avenues and eat at Texas Roadhouse. We thought that if we left early we would beat the traffic. Our journey started at 1:30 pm. The chaos started at the junction on 5th ring and it took us 2 hours to get from Fintas to the restaurant. The wait was 65 minutes and we were given a plastic thingy that lights up when our table is ready. I wonder how many of them will disappear.
Finally it was our turn and we got booth seating in a corner which was great. There are Americans working there supervising the expat staff which means the food and service is good at this time but they are supposed to leave by December. We could not decide what we wanted, it must have taken us 20 minutes to decide. Since it's a steakhouse we ordered steak. They bring you hot rolls with cinnamon butter and peanuts to snack on while you wait.
We decided to try the fried pickles, I'm still not sure if I liked them or not. They were really really salty and then sour. The waiter was good considering the chaos around him. Our drinks were refilled and when we needed something he was there to get it for us. Our order came and wow what a beautiful looking steak! It has been a long time since I had a great steak. I also wanted the fried fish, country fried steak and ribs. They ran out of ribs, that sucked.
We finally made it back home around 8 pm. We did no shopping or looking and the experience took us 7 hours. I will never understand how they could open up the new shops without adding parking spaces. I would think parking should be done first and then open up the shops. On a side note there will be booming business for glass shops considering all of the idiots who illegally parked their cars and got a lovely "No Parking" sticker put on their windows. When will they learn?
FYI: Olive Garden is also open and it was a 65 minute wait as well. My next place to visit!