May 23, 2013 10:51:33 AM
A good steak in Starkville
I wanted to respond to Lisa Wynn's recent suggestion in another local news outlet that it's impossible to find a good steak in Starkville. While I absolutely respect Ms. Wynn's right to her opinion, I must say I disagree. A medium-rare rib-eye might just be my favorite thing to eat on the planet, and I have found a plethora of restaurants in Starkville she must have overlooked.
The Veranda has one of the most-bragged-about steaks in town and is the ultimate treat for a special occasion. Both the Central Station Grill and Harvey's have to-die-for marinated rib-eyes my husband and I both crave from time to time. When it comes to a very tasty steak in a place with a laid-back, family atmosphere it's hard to beat Cappe's. On Sunday nights, my husband and I love to go to Rick's Cafe Americain, where you can get a rib-eye, baked potato and Texas toast for only $9. Unfortunately I haven't had a steak at Restaurant Tyler yet because I'm so in love with the duck that I can't bring myself to order anything else there, but to be honest, I would gladly eat cardboard if Ty Thames prepared it, so I feel certain his steaks are excellent, too.
In case it seems like my arm has been twisted to write this, let it be known that although I am lucky enough to consider many of these restaurant owners my friends, I am writing this because I honestly feel this passionately about local businesses (and, well, obviously steak, too.). I waited tables at Dave's Darkhorse Tavern all through college and relied on the tips I made to pay my bills and finish my degree. My husband often plays guitar at local bars and restaurants around town.
Not supporting local eateries doesn't just hurt the business owner, it hurts everyone from the waitstaff and bartenders to the dishwashers and anyone in between. Speaking of Dave's Darkhorse, I would be remiss if I didn't inform Ms. Wynn that they have the best pizza in town, if not the state. Also, she couldn't go wrong with anything on the menus of local treasures City Bagel Cafe and Brian Michael's Meat Market.
So I hope now that Ms. Wynn has been elected to public office in Starkville she will find the time to enjoy what's right here in town that elected her. Supporting local businesses helps us all.
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