Hey all! Just got back from Valdosta, GA and had to tell you about this excellent steakhouse. After taking 3 kids around a hot as hades Wild Adventures we decided to leave early and try this place out. After paying $51.00 for 5 cheeseburger baskets at the park we were in the need for REAL food and thought this place might do the trick A bonus was it was walking distance from where we were staying. I first looked the restaurant up in the yellow pages and it boasts, "where the locals eat". I thought that was a good sign. Secondly, I phoned to see if they had a kid's menu. A very polite young lady said they did. Another bonus! So off we go. Folks, this place is huge! 2 entrances, 3 seperate dining rooms, banquet facilities, 2 private dining rooms and a lounge.
Our waitier Douglas was top notch. The kid's thought he was the best and, well we did too! I don't recall a more attentive and friendly waiter. The full title of the place is "Austin's Cattle Company Steakhouse since 1896". Douglas assured me that this was a local, family owned establishment which has been in operation for about 7 years. The "1896" comes from the Austin Family's Cattle business. What we ate: we immediately had our beverage orders taken, no sooner than those were delivered we had a basket of fresh warm bread with butter. Both boys of 8 years had a quarterpound cheeseburger which came with fries, a drink and a scoop of ice cream! What a hit this was. Our 10 year old had half a rack of babybacks which we were fall off the bone and served with baked beans and sweet potato fries. My husband had the "Austin's Famous Prime Rib" the 16oz, cooked medium, comes with the usual baked potato, salad, etc. It was melt in your mouth delicious. I had the 16oz T-bone and I left nothing! I even chewed the bone til it was bare! Our baked potatoes were fluffy and fresh, the meat was really just superb, in flavor, texture, I can't think of anything that could improve this food. I would like to thank our head chef "Frog Jones"(now you know it was good!)and our waiter Douglas, for a great meal and a great experience. If your every in the Valdosta area(exit 16 and I-75), I would really recommend this steakhouse. BTW, our bill was $81 and some change and that INCLUDED 3 beers each for myself and hubby!