Review: Maker’s Mark Bourbon House and LoungeAuthor: Smokin DB | Filed under: Food Reviews, Location: Shelbyville, IN
Maker’s Mark Bourbon House and Lounge at Indiana Live Casino
4300 N. Michigan Road
Shelbyville, IN 46176
I’m not a big gambler. As most of you can surmise, I’d rather spend my money on good food and drinks. That being said, I’ve been to the Indiana Live Casino a few times with friends and generally had a good time. Since we had a babysitter, my wife and I decided to at least try to act like adults, go to a nice restaurant and try to talk about something other than the frequency and quality of our kid’s bowel movements. I can’t tell you exactly why the Maker’s Mark Bourbon house and Lounge was even on our radar, but we made reservations and away we went.
The décor is stylish and relaxing. I’m sure the walk-up business is big so I was glad to have made reservations as the place was nearly full. And here comes my bitch: is it possible to for people to wear something other than a crappy hoodie to a decent restaurant? I know it’s Shelbyville but seriously. When I’ve made an effort to dress well, I hate being surrounded by people in gear that looks as if they just came from cleaning out their gutters. There was a guy three tables away rocking the Guy Fieri look. I am talking the spiky white hair, visor, shorts with flip-flops and even the stupid sweatband on the arm. Dude! I know this blog is strictly about what I ate, but I just had to get that off my chest. We now return to normal programming:
What I Had: King Crab Legs, 1.5 pounds of ‘em.
Okay, let me back up a bit. We started off with a nice bread basket with good quality butter. I ordered the old-school Baby Iceberg Wedge Salad which comes with Blue Cheese Dressing, Blue Cheese crumbles, bacon, grape tomatoes and crispy onions. I gave up red meat for lent so hold the bacon please. It was Blue Cheese Overload. A little blue goes a long way and I thought this was overdone.
So yeah, I ordered the King Crab Leg Special. One rule that I try to follow is to know where the hell you are eating. By that I mean don’t go to a Mexican joint and order a plate of spaghetti. It may be on the menu but you are just looking for trouble if you order it. Seafood at a steakhouse is, for me at least, a grey area in terms of this rule. Most decent steakhouses have a good surf & turf option, so they have the capability to handle seafood with a degree of competence. My intention was to order the butter poached halibut but for some reason the King Crab Legs special just struck me and soon they were sitting in a pile in front of me.
Served split in half with the obligatory drawn butter. They were not very good. To begin when they are served split the crab naturally cools off very quickly and while crab salad is great, cold crab is not. I found the meat to be a bit mealy in spots and honestly several pieces we just flat out cold. As in, not cooked properly cold and it was very disappointing. I didn’t send them back but I should have.
My wife loved her steak, by the way.
Would I Buy It Again? Not a chance. The King Crab Leg special was $49.99 tag on an extra four bucks for the salad plus beer and this was a meal that was very nearly as expensive as it was unsatisfying.