After hearing so many great things from on line and word of mouth, I finally had a chance to visit the Lightning Arrow Steakhouse in Nash Texas on a Friday night to see for myself if the place was indeed as great as everyone has been saying.
(Again, before doing a restaurant review, I want to be up front in the fact that I have never been to culinary school, or a food industry “expert”, but I try to eat everyday, and pretty much have eaten everyday of my life. I do love to cook and even won some awards for my BBQ. Having said all of this, keep in mind that I can only review to my tastes and likes.)
We arrived at the restaurant at 6:30 P.M. and it was not too crowded, so we asked to be seated in the bar area and were taken to a table right away. I had heard the steaks were good, I had seen on Facebook where they had added a Blackened Ahi Tuna to the menu, but what I was most excited for were the Crab Cakes.
The atmosphere of the restaurant is exquisite. The decor is what I would call “opulent ranch house”, kind of what you would expect with fine dining more than a steakhouse, with linen table clothes, and perfect lighting, and ambiance for an intimate meal. The art, photos, and such are all chosen and placed by executive chef and owner Teresea Welch, (she took most of the photos on the walls at the Lightning Arrow Ranch herself.)
Again, we were seated quickly and our server was super friendly and funny. First up, bring on the Crab Cakes that I had heard so much about.
In my opinion, the crab cakes at Lightning Arrow Steakhouse are by far the best I have ever eaten in the Texarkana area, and I have tried most. Chef Teresea makes her’s from scratch, with nothing but the freshest of ingredients, topped with her double white wine cream sauce, served with a very tasty garlic toast. Crab cakes can be ordered as an appetizer or as an entree with a pick of two sides.
(The Double White Wine Sauce is simply amazing, and addictive. I asked Chef Teresea about it and she explained that she actually learned that sauce while taking cooking lessons in Tuscany Italy. I would order it by the gallon if available. For me, it was the star of the meal.)
A side salad may not be that important to most people, but for me it is. The vegetables were fresh and crispy, and the in-house made from scratch blue cheese dressing was very tasty. I got a sample of the raspberry vinaigrette also and it was very good.
The hand cut rib-eye steak was tender, cooked to a perfect medium rare, and delicious. The steaks are cut fresh daily and lightly seasoned My personal tastes would call for a bit more seasoning, but it was a very good steak and overall, I loved it. I ordered the twice baked potato loaded out and the caramelized squash that the chef has been making for her family for years and decided to start serving it at the steakhouse.
The Blackened Ahi Tuna is a slab of fresh sushi grade Ahi Tuna that sits on top of a bed of garlic mashed potatoes topped with a spiced white wine sauce, with an amazing homemade mango pico, and garlic toast.
Unfortunately, I was too stuffed to get me some of that cheesecake Chef Teresea is famous for, but I will on my next trip.
Dinner for two (two apps, two entrees) with drinks cost right at $70. That’s with a generous tip, because the service was nothing short of superb.(They have daily specials, be sure to check their Facebook Page.
Lastly, the bathrooms were immaculately clean.
I highly recommend the Lightning Arrow Steakhouse, and I am sure to be returning often.
The Lightning Arrow Steakhouse is owned and operated by Teresea and Vince Welch. The restaurant is located at 4151 N. Kings Highway in the corner of the 989 Plaza in Nash Texas. Their hours are… Tuesday – Friday from 11am to 2pm and 5pm to 9pm, Saturday 5pm to 9pm, and Sunday from 11am to 2pm. They do take reservations, walk-ins are welcomed and seated as promptly as possible, Call ahead at (903) 832-1010 … Visit their website at lightningarrowsteakhouse.com