The Crossing Steakhouse: Norcross, GA, USA
My cousins wanted to do a meet-up to try and hang out more often, and being that it’s about 6 guys to 3 girls, we’re usually outnumbered when it comes to anything involving (or not involving rather) meat. One of my cousins voted for The Crossing, saying that they had a pretty good steak to try. Now while I am mostly vegetarian during the weekdays, I do appreciate a good steak now and then. I apologize for the poor quality of pictures, the lighting was terrible. My sister and I split the following:
- prime rib, 12oz – requested to be done between medium and medium-rare
- fried okra
- lobster mac-n-cheese: I had to compare it to Baltimore
- house salad: with blu cheese, Granny smith apples, pecans and dried cranberries
Prime Rib: I was comparing this also to the restaurant Prime Rib up in Baltimore as well. I had gotten to eaten the prime rib at Prime Rib over restaurant week during my year at Hopkins and found it to be quite tasty.
- for non-meat eaters, 12oz is a LOT of meat. This will definitely satisfy.
- perfectly done. The waiter totally came through when he said he could do between medium and medium rare
- not overly-seasoned: this is awesome. I got to taste the meat for what it is – meat. There wasn’t a heavy handed salt lick served with my prime rib.
Fried Okra: a southern staple. My sister and I love fried okra having grown up in the south. We’ve both also given up the ranch dressing which is insane. Once in awhile we’ll still crave it though.
- generous portion, definitely able to share
- came out with ranch dressing haha
- not soggy
- while the breading is supposed to be breading and probably somewhat soft, I prefer a much more crispier breading.
Lobster Mac-N-Cheese: This is really the mac-n-cheese side but you get to add a whole lobster on top for $8. Total, it comes out to be a $12 appetizer/side dish. Definitely passed this around the table.
- definitely a whole lobster seemed to go on top
- lack of flavor (compared to Ryleigh’s up in Baltimore): I believe the combination of cheese was to blame. It was a very light-flavored cheese blend. Maybe a little more sharp cheddar or gruyere might do the trick
- came out on a porcelain dish: Ryleigh’s served it sizzling hot with the cheese still melting on a cast-iron skillet. In my opinion, this is the only way to serve lobster mac. It keeps the dish way warmer and the cheese doesn’t congeal as quickly. Considering that we met here over Christmas break, the air in the restaurant is a lot colder and will harden the cheese much faster.
House salad with Granny Smith apples, blu cheese, nuts and cranberries: we love fruit in our salads and this just sounded so refreshing after all the heaviness of the mac-n-cheese and prime rib
- hefty portion: we actually finished this dish and had to take the rest home.
- well-dressed, not overly tossed in dressing
- nuts were not soggy
- none: this is a very common salad that I’ve found after eating out at quite a few restaurants. You really can’t butcher this salad too much unless you mess up the dressing.
Was it a great meal? Yes it was. Was it the best meal? Can’t say much for that. However, the company was great, and the steak was really awesome, even after having to have it as leftover. We did a quick sear on the remaining piece of meat and came out similarly tender, but maybe not as juicy. In summary:
- prime rib, 12oz: ***.85 (3.85 stars)
- fried okra: ***.65 (3.65 stars)
- lobster mac-n-cheese: *** (2.85 stars)
- house salad: ***.75 (3.75 stars)
You can find The Crossing Steakhouse in downtown Norcross. Yes you will have to drive OTP for this but for those who live near me, it’s definitely worth going for a good piece of steak and way better than Stoney River.