October 28, 2010

What has happened to Lonestar in the Cayman Islands?

Filed under: Restaurants — Tags: — CaymanBoy @ 11:22 pm

My favourite Steak restaurant closed its doors for renovation early in September and whilst driving by it every day I'd been noticing the outside improvements – clearly aimed at expanding the "dry area" for when the rain pours down, yet I had assumed they wouldn't touch the menu?

A bit of background would be useful here – Lonestar was my #1 restaurant on the planet from the summer of 2007 until around the summer of 2008 when they had their "fajita buffet" nights on a Thursday and I would devour on average 10 of those spicy babies WEEKLY.

Yet "something" happened in the summer of 2008, the place closed for a while, all the posters of "texas gals" were replaced by graffiti from tourists who were encouraged to "tag" the wall near where they were obviously sitting with their confessions of love for Debbie, Carmen or Tila, or whichever "gal" was sitting across from them on that lucky night.

Alas the changes weren't just the "look and feel" going down hill, as my Thursday night treat was replaced by an "Old Ol paso" equivalent, which was vastly different to what I was use to. Now some of you might say, a restaurant can't survive on a buffet night every night, but my response would be along the lines of "the place was always packed". Personally I think the Chef(s) got rolled over or worse!

Anyway the summer of 2008 marked the start of by boycott of Lonestar for lowering its standard of food and turning into a amaeture graffiti den. I think they actually stopped the buffet nights later that year – though I'm not claiming that's due to my "disappearance".

Around March of this year (2010) I decided to give Lonestar another try, but for this time it was lunch – Beef Chimichanga. So over the following months their tasty Chimichanga was on my "once every two weeks for lunch" list – right up until it "closed for renovations" in September.

I had also started to go there once a month for their baby back ribs and steak combo, with the chocolate brownie cake for dessert – best dessert on island.

So tonight in honor of Lonestar being open once more, and after licking my lips in anticipation of their delicious Sirloin steaks I decided to go their for dinner.

The place looks a bit cleaner that what I remember, but the great menu they had "pre-renovation" has "changed". My baby back ribs have vanished, my lunchtime Chimichanga has been "rolled-over" and to add sin into the evening the Pepsi had been watered down (Think Popeyes for a moment). Let me add a cherry to this story by saying that the best Steakhouse in cayman, okay, affordable steakhouse in Cayman had NO STEAK available tonight :-o Hello?

On a plus side the buffalo wings for starters were nice, but where's by steak gone? I need to bump them down my list of "best restaurants in the cayman islands".

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