Plenty of casinos have steakhouses in order to cater to the high rollers, and I have to admit, my expectations are pretty high for this type of restaurant. When everything is served a la carte, and entrees eclipse the $40 mark, the food really has to be superb.
I was invited to try out Chicago Steakhouse at the Gold Strike Casino in Tunica. You may recall that I really enjoyed their revamped Buffet Americana, and I had a feeling that their upscale eatery wouldn't disappoint. My mother accompanied me for dinner (just before she went hear Kenny G in concert at the Gold Strike's intimate concert venue, the Millineum Theatre).
We started off with a lagniappe of yellow beet carpaccio and followed it up with Chicago-style oysters and duck confit egg rolls. I'm not a huge oyster person, but I thought the rich spinach, cheese and bacon topping complemented the brininess of the oyster. I might not choose them for myself, but I was more than happy to help my mom polish off her order. It was also nice to see something as playful as duck egg rolls on the same appetizer menu as a refined oyster preparation.
My mom chose the Chilean sea bass (on recommendation from my friend Thomas) and thought it was light, flavorful, and an extraordinarily elegant plate of food. I went for the heartier lamb chops based solely on the fact that they were served with a fig creme brulee.
Let me just say, forget mint jelly. Pairing lamb chops with fig creme brulee is a stroke of absolute brilliance, and something I'm going to attempt to recreate in my kitchen. The sweetness of the creamy fig custard cut through the fattiness of the chop. It was a match made in heaven. We split a twice baked potato and mixed vegetable medly to round out our meal.
Neither of us ordered steak there are plenty of certified Angus options: filet mignon, NY strip, ribeye and porterhouse. And, since we drank our dessert (Frangelico, Grand Marnier), I can't comment on their sweet selections directly. However, I've got it on good authority that the apricot creme brulee and the creme brulee cheesecake are excellent choices.
All in all, the Gold Strike offers a great rendition of a traditional steak house, and if you've got a little money to spend, it's an excellent dining option. The food is well-prepared, and the service is impeccable.
Full Disclosure: Our dinner at the Chicago Steakhouse was complimentary, but as always, views are my own.
Chicago Steakhouse at Gold Strike Tunica
1010 Casino Center Drive
Tunica Resorts, MS 38664
Hours of Operation
Sunday-Thursday 5:30 pm-10:00 pm
Friday-Saturday 5:30 pm-11:00 pm