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Per­son­ally I think the Queen­stown Lone Star is the best in the coun­try. Whereas oth­ers seem a bit sub­ur­ban and dated, Queen­stown’s CBD lo­ca­tion and gen­uinely warm and wel­com­ing at­mos­phere from the staff keeps things fresh. We roll in on a freez­ing Satur­day night and get the choice of a first floor ta­ble, or an up­stairs, fire­side possie with leather arm­chairs – a choice which was a no-brainer. Things were busy with par­ents happily watch­ing over kids busily get­ting full, a few boyfriends fac­ing their girl­friends but with their eyes glued to big screen rugby games, and a few cou­ples out for a date night. In other words, a firm slice of mid­dle class Ki­wis out for a good meal, a few drinks and the op­tion of keep­ing an eye on Su­per-15 view­ing. This was just what you’d ex­pect, and just what we were af­ter.


We stripped a few lay­ers of clothes off, snug­gled into our seats, or­dered some drinks and some Salt and Pep­per Squid ($15) to start with. The squid was great. Crisp, well drained of oil and it came in a large serve with cit­rus aioli. Yum. Like I do when I know I’m gonna get a big feed, I went in hun­gry, know­ing the Lone Star ribs were a force to be reck­oned with. I had a choice of nine or a dozen, but opted for nine as I’m try­ing not to be too glut­tonous at the mo­ment. The (pork) Red­neck Ribs ($26.50 for nine, $34 for 12) did not dis­ap­point. Meaty with a hoisin, or­ange and se­same seed sauce, which is sweet, but not over­pow­er­ing. The ribs come with Lone Star slaw, which pro­vides the per­fect crunchy, nutty, coun­ter­point to the meat­fest pro­vided by the ribs. Ames or­dered the spe­cial of the night, Black­foot Fish ($34) – blue cod in a spicy crust. I didn’t have room to even sam­ple this, but the re­port was: firm blue cod, but the spicy heat in the crust slightly over­shad­owed the flavour of the dish. To fol­low up I or­dered the Longhorn Cheese­cake ($12), which is a Kahlua and Moro bar cheese­cake served with choco­late sauce and whipped cream. I’ve got a real sweet tooth, and was ex­pect­ing great things from this, but was ul­ti­mately dis­ap­pointed. This tasted bland, like it was masspro­duced with no care.


The ser­vice here re­ally suits Lone Star’s all-round feel, which is es­sen­tial in any eatery, whether it’s fine din­ing, or ca­sual eats. Our waitress brought us two more serves of aioli when we asked for one, which was a great touch. She was friendly and at­ten­tive, and man­aged to look af­ter us well when her sec­tion was full. So top marks there. All the staff, from the cashier to other wait­ers who didn’t even serve us said hi/bye as we were leav­ing, so I think Lone Star Queen­stown is def­i­nitely fly­ing the flag as a leader, and pos­si­ble orig­i­na­tor in a big national fran­chise – at least un­til the orig­i­nal orig­i­nal in Christchurch re­opens next month.


Bland: Lone Star Longhorn Cheese­cake.

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