How to Save Up to 55 Percent on Restaurant Quality Steaks — Or Possibly More — But Hurry

I recently dined on a ten-ounce filet mignon of restaurant quality for $13.60 plus tax — and if tax was included, the total cost came out to $14.42 — and you can potentially take advantage of this offer if you act fast, thanks in part to the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic.

How to Save Up to 55 Percent on Restaurant Quality Steaks — Or Possibly More — But Hurry

First, remember that most restaurants throughout the United States have been forced to close their dining rooms to patrons and conjure up creative and inventive ways to weather out the 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic — such as offer take out service and delivery service as two of many examples.

Second, many of them are offering deals and sales to entice customers to patronize them…

…and LongHorn Steakhouse — which rarely has great deals — is no exception; but there are several offers which are currently valid.

1. Optional Step: Purchase a Gift Card From LongHorn Steakhouse

This step is not part of the deal; but I thought I would write about it anyway because I did not realize that I erred — the restaurant was okay with the error and happily accepted it — but you can still benefit from this step anyway.

Although I gave some useful advice pertaining to eight reasons to be careful about buying gift cards during the 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic to protect you if you decide to purchase a gift card — yes, you do still have to be careful — with every purchase of $50.00 worth of gift cards at LongHorn Steakhouse, you receive an eBonus card worth ten dollars which can be used between Monday, April 13, 2020 and Wednesday, July 15, 2020. The eBonus card cannot be used between Monday, May 4, 2020 and Sunday, May 10, 2020; and it cannot be used between Monday, June 15, 2020 and Sunday, June 21, 2020.

I did not immediately realize that the eBonus card will not be valid until Monday, April 13, 2020; and when I used it with the other offers which are highlighted in this article, I purchased a a ten-ounce filet mignon of restaurant quality for $3.60 plus tax — and if tax was included, the total cost came out to $3.82.

I am not advising that you go purchase a ten-ounce filet mignon of restaurant quality for $3.60; but you can potentially save money on the purchase of that same filet mignon by using the eBonus card of ten dollars towards that purchase and pay as little as $6.00 plus tax for it.

This gift card offer is only available through Sunday, April 12, 2020.

2. Purchase Your Steak From LongHorn SteakShop

As one of the creative ways to weather out the 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic, LongHorn Steakhouse opened up LongHorn SteakShop, through which you can purchase raw beef while supplies last at prices that rival — or even undercut — similar beef cuts at supermarkets and grocery stores, whose shelves in the meat department have recently been empty anyway.

Choose from eight cuts of beef which are of restaurant quality at reasonable prices:

  • 6 ounce Renegade Sirloin — $6.00 normally $11.49
  • 8 ounce Renegade Sirloin — $8.00 normally $14.49
  • 12 ounce Ribeye — $14.00 normally $19.99
  • 6 ounce Flo’s Filet — $12.00 normally $19.79
  • 8 ounce Flo’s Filet — $14.00 normally $23.29
  • 10 ounce Flo’s Filet — $16.00 normally $28.49
  • 18 ounce Bone-In Outlaw Ribeye — $16.00 normally $24.49
  • 12 ounce New York Strip — $14.00 normally $19.99
restaurant longhorn

Photograph ©2020 by Brian Cohen.

You can also choose from the following three side dishes — each of which costs one dollar:

  • Mashed potatoes
  • Fresh broccoli
  • Seasoned rice pilaf

3. Save 15 Percent on Online To Go Order

A coupon with which you can save 15 percent on your order is currently in effect through Sunday, April 12, 2020 — but even if you do not have the coupon, you can likely use promotion code LH44 to activate the discount of 15 percent.

If you use the coupon on the 6 ounce Renegade Sirloin, for example, you will pay $5.10 for it after applying the discount of 15 percent — which is slightly greater than 55 percent off of the regular price of $11.49 when the steak is prepared, cooked, and served in the dining area of the restaurant…

…and if the 6 ounce Renegade Sirloin is still available after Sunday, April 12, 2020, you may be able to use that eBonus card of ten dollars — which you get at no extra charge with every $50.00 you pay for LongHorn Steakhouse gift cards — and potentially purchase the 6 ounce Renegade Sirloin for free with less than four dollars left over on the eBonus card for side dishes or whatever else you want.

A potential discount of up to 100 percent is usually not a bad thing.

4. Pick up the Order at the Restaurant

Simply drive — or even walk, if that is possible — up to the restaurant location at which you placed your order and pick it up.

The cold raw steak and its accoutrements will be waiting for you and handed to you in a bag.

You can pay when you place your order; or you can pay in person when you pick up your order.

Taste Test

I decided to do the unpopular task of trying out a steak of restaurant quality where I am based; so I purchased the 10 ounce Flo’s Filet for $14.42, which included tax and is approximately 52.25 percent of the usual cost.

LongHorn steak

Photograph ©2020 by Brian Cohen.

The steak came in a microwaveable plastic container — but do not microwave it to cook it, as I cannot think of a better way to ruin a steak.

Every order from LongHorn SteakShop comes with fresh warm honey wheat bread and butter, which was good — but be sure to eat the bread before your steak is cooked, as it will not stay warm for long.

Also with each order, you will get a plastic container of seasoning — more than enough to season the steak — and plastic cutlery.

LongHorn steak

Photograph ©2020 by Brian Cohen.

Although the filet mignon was not graded Prime by the United States Department of Agriculture, it was a very nice cut of beef.

The best way to cook the filet mignon is arguably with a searing hot pan; but I decided to grill it outside.

LongHorn steak

Photograph ©2020 by Brian Cohen.

I use good old fashioned charcoal with no lighter fluid. I do not use gas or propane for my outdoor grill.

LongHorn steak

Photograph ©2020 by Brian Cohen.

The steak was positioned off to the side of the glowing charcoals so that it may cook slowly but still have a nice char and sear to it while remaining tender.

LongHorn steak

Photograph ©2020 by Brian Cohen.

The steak was served with mashed potatoes and broccoli.

LongHorn steak

Photograph ©2020 by Brian Cohen.

I cut into the steak, which I typically like between the temperature of medium and well done…

LongHorn steak

Photograph ©2020 by Brian Cohen.

…but do not let how done the steak was cooked fool you: it was quite tender and even slightly juicy — and there was not a globule of fat or piece of cartilage or gristle or bone anywhere to be found. This filet mignon was very good to excellent and far surpassed the quality of a similar cut which is typically found in a supermarket or grocery store. The seasoning added a nice depth of flavor to this filet mignon.

I enjoyed the side dishes as well — especially as I used some of the mashed potatoes to sop up what juices were left behind from this cut of beef.

Summary

Other restaurants have similar “shopping” experiences; but I have not tried them at this time. For example, you can purchase select restaurant food and supplies from Ruby Tuesday through their Ruby’s Pantry — such as 36 hamburgers graded Choice by the United States Department of Agriculture at seven ounces each for $66.24, which comes out to $1.84 per hamburger excluding tax.

Check to see if your favorite restaurant may have a similar option available to you.

My past experiences of dining at LongHorn Steakhouse are usually wildly hit or miss. Sometimes the beef approaches Prime quality; and other times, it is so bad that I have no choice but to ask the server for a different steak — and my request has never been denied…

…but I have to say that the LongHorn SteakShop was a delightful — I cannot believe I used that word — experience which I look forward to replicating whenever possible. I hope that LongHorn SteakShop may somehow become a permanent option as yet another choice for customers long after the 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic subsides.

I highly recommend purchasing a raw cut of beef from the LongHorn SteakShop — especially if you can take advantage of the aforementioned discounts and offers.

Sometimes necessity really is the mother of invention…

All photographs ©2020 by Brian Cohen.

12 thoughts on “How to Save Up to 55 Percent on Restaurant Quality Steaks — Or Possibly More — But Hurry”

  1. Boraxo says:

    Costco has fantastic filet mignon at everyday prices that are much lower. Mail order makes sense only if you can’t leave your home.

    That said these prices are certainly better than Omaha Steaks

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      When I was a member of Costco, Boraxo, I found the quality of their filet mignons to vary wildly; but perhaps the quality is better and more consistent recently.

      I need to put in the article that I did not order my steak by mail; but rather picked it up at the restaurant.

  2. HJ says:

    between medium and well done? it’s called medium well, (although that looks like well done) what a way of ruining an otherwise nice steak

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      Between medium and well done means that I will eat a steak which is either medium, medium well, or well done, HJ

      …and that steak was not ruined at all, in my opinion. I enjoyed every bite of it.

  3. Erndog says:

    You can prime beef at Costco or probably your local grocery store Fir less than this
    You buy a 4 pack of Prime filets at Costco for about $10 ea, you can get Choice for about $8 ea

    Longhorn doesn’t sell prime beef . . . not to mention you’d be supporting a local business if you bought these at a local market instead of buying from a chain restaurant

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      I never said or wrote that LongHorn Steakhouse sold Prime beef, Erndog

      …and supporting a local business is rather difficult when its supply of meat is out of stock.

      I never tried the Prime beef at Costco. I may just do that some day…

  4. AU says:

    Regardless of how Costco’s filet mignon might better a better value and quality, thanks to Brian Cohen for posting the article. Sometimes the process is more important that detail for readers to come up with other ways to save.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      Thank you, AU, as you are correct: I never did say this was the best deal; but it is something to consider, as the process is not solely for LongHorn Steakhouse. Other restaurants are also converting themselves into “markets” of sorts.

      Not everyone is a member of Costco; not everyone is conveniently located near a Costco; and not every Costco is consistently stocked with meat during the 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic — so even if the filet mignon at Costco might better a better value and quality than what can be procured at LongHorn Steakhouse, that typically means little if any of the aforementioned three factors are in play.

  5. ZJ1 says:

    Longhorn is “select” grade, which is the lowest grade. I’ll certainly eat Longhorn, but I wouldn’t place it as a great value at these prices. Costco all the way. Both the choice and prime beef is fantastic. I usually stick with the choice, as their cuts are good enough that the prime is only an incremental upgrade for the money. However, if you like your steaks above mid-rare, you would have to butterfly the Costco steaks; they are generally 2″ thick, which makes for a great juicy steak when cooked properly. *However* overcooking thick steaks to get the center to well-done will dry out and toughen the outer portion of the meat due to the overly long cooking time and insufficient temperatures (at proper temperature you’d reduce it to a charcoal briquette outside before getting it well done inside). And honestly, when cooked that thoroughly you lose much of the reason for paying for a higher grade of meat, namely the marbling.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      …which is why I was surprised at the quality of the beef at LongHorn Steakhouse, ZJ1.

      I would have been fine with the steak if it had some pink in the middle; but it felt tender enough that I thought that was what happened.

      I do not disagree with any of your points; but regardless of its thickness, I would never butterfly the steak — as much as I prefer a temperature above mid-rare.

  6. SO_CAL_RETAIL_SLUT says:

    I agree with your statement about Costco – the quality of their Choice grade beef does vary. On the other hand – I find that their U.S.D.A. – grade Prime beef to be excellent. I purchase the standing rib roasts for holiday gatherings.

    Too bad that Darden (parent of Longhorn) does not have more than one location in southern California, that being in Rancho Cucamonga.

    On the other hand, Longhorn’s sister chain – Olive Garden is also offering he $10.00 bonus card with a purchase of $50.00 or more in gift card(s).

    Usually, all of Darden’s chains offer the bonus card during the holiday season – so it’s unusual to see Darden offer the bonus card this time of the year.

    SO_CAL_RETAIL_SLUT

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      Bloomin’ Brands — which is the parent company of chain restaurants such as Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba’s, Fleming’s, and Bonefish Grill — is also offering a $10.00 bonus card with every $50.00 in gift cards you purchase, SO_CAL_RETAIL_SLUT

      …and yes, offering them at this time of year is unusual for that company, too.

      As for the Costco Prime grade of beef, I may consider either joining as a member once again to try it — or, at least, find someone I know who is a member of Costco who will pick some up for me…

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