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Hub City Hotspots: Steak

Hank: "Yup, these steaks are medium rare." Bobby: "What if somebody wants theirs well done?" Hank: "We ask them politely, yet firmly, to leave."

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Lars Baron

There's a lot to learn from Hank Hill.

It pains me to say that at one time, as a much younger man, my well done steak request would have resulted in a politely forced exit from the Hill Household. Growing up, beef was seen as poison around our family if it contained any hint of pink or, heaven forbid, red. The only red allowed was ketchup. Yes, ketchup. A sauce is generally necessary with a well-done steak unless you feel like letting someone at the table try out the Heimlich Maneuver they learned while reading the safety card at the truck stop bathroom.

Luckily, I had some friends in my late teens who coaxed me out of this thought process and introduced me to the wonderful world of steaks.

I'm not here to offend folks out there who do prefer their steaks well-done. After all, I did too at some point. Just try a medium steak once. Give it a go. It will be worth the risk.

And if you're in this West Texas Oasis, here are a few places I would suggest.

Triple J's Chophouse (1807 Buddy Holly Ave)

Prime rib and the Honey Pepper Ribeye are pretty big hits. If you're looking for a more traditional rib eye, they will bring the beef out to you to select the thickness of your steak.

Cagle's Steaks (118 Inler Ave)

To this day, I still think I've had the best steaks of my life out at Cagle's. The 3/4" ribeye will be tough for anyone to beat. It's my yearly birthday tradition, which means something, right?

Double Nickel (5405 Slide Rd)

This place is very pricey. If you have the dough to splurge on you and/or your significant other, you will be truly impressed by the quality of the food as well as the excellent wait staff. I have only made it there once, but it was one of the most memorable and pleasant eating experiences I've had in Lubbock.

And, of course, there's Texas Land & Cattle (get their smoked sirloin!), Texas Roadhouse, Logan's Roadhouse, Red Raider Steakhouse (not their actual name), and Outback Steakhouse.

What say you, VTMers?