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Published February 18th 2017
Saddle up as the wild west comes to Fremantle at Lone Star
I've frequented Lone Star Rib House in Cockburn several times as it's close to home, but I hadn't been for lunch, nor was I aware one had recently popped up in Fremantle.
Replacing the Outback Jacks on Essex Street (which is where I was headed because I wanted to let my daughter run around in the play room. Bummer), Lone Star is the American ribs franchise that has made its way to WA.
Gone is the dedicated play room, which is now another room of tables and chairs – no fun for kids! The interior is designed to resemble an old saloon (the first thing that sprang to mind was the TV show Deadwood) with its wooden ensemble and dark lighting. We were seated in a booth and provided with a high chair. The waitresses were friendly and well presented, and promptly came along to take our order.
I was dining with my dad, who chose the Lunch Time Steak, while I opted for the Lunch Time Burger, but with tomato sauce instead of barbecue sauce. Barbecue sauce and I have an odd relationship. I can tolerate it on a barbecue chicken pizza but loathe it on a burger. Hmmm.
I'm a sucker for a cheeseburger, and this was a lunch burger with cheese, so I assumed it was the same thing. I've ordered the cheeseburgers at my local Lone Star and was expecting the same thing, but it was very different to a cheeseburger. It was beautifully presented and neatly put together on a wooden board and served with thick cut chips. The burger was served in a Turkish style bun, which I thought made a lovely change from the usual hamburger buns, but it was the burger meat itself that I was undecided about.
Don't get me wrong, I ate over half of it so I clearly didn't have too much of a problem, but there was just something about it that I couldn't put my finger on. I think it just lacked a bit of flavour, but for $10.95, seriously, was I going to complain? No. A substantial meal around the $10 price mark is seriously hard to find in Perth. There are a number of lunch time options, including wraps, salads, ribs, fish and chips and schnitzels.
My dad enjoyed the steak, which was cooked medium, just the way he had asked for it. It was small, but considering it is named on the menu as a Petite Cut Rump, it was to be expected. And at $16.95 for steak, chips and salad, it's still a great offer.
Lone Star have a dinner menu and I always enjoy having a read for the quirky names, including 'Greedy Grunters Meaty Pork Ribs' and 'Dang Fine Garlic Bread' and 'Loco-Cheesy Land-Trout' – also known as 'bacon', along with my personal favourite, the 'I-Tally-Ann Style Parmi Schnitzel.' Work that one out. You'll find starters, salads, ribs, steaks and burgers, including the 'J.R. Ewing Dallas TV Burger' and the 'Cowpoke Colossal Cheeseburger.' My husband swears by the slow cooked ribs, while I'm a big fan of the onion rings.
There is also a desserts menu and kids menu, along with an extensive choice of beer and wine. If you sign up to the Lone Star Rib House Birthday Club, you will receive a free meal on your birthday.
While Lone Star's lunch menu was pretty good value, I'm not sure I'll be back in a hurry for the Lunch Time Burger. I do love the Wild West setting and the service was great, so perhaps it's time to put an end to my obsession with the cheeseburger and find a new favourite.