On 50th Street West in downtown Quartz Hill you will not only enjoy a great juicy steak at AV’s Best Steakhouse, but you will also have the option of ordering any one of their other fabulous entrees as well! Tucked away in a small strip mall is The Broken Bit Steakhouse, which provides a unique Western dining experience. The restaurant is thick as a juicy steak with an Old West atmosphere and decorated with authentic Western memorabilia.

Walking into Broken Bit last week was like meeting an old friend. We felt welcomed and at home. Everyone seemed to be having a great time and the food and drink were flowing. This visit consisted of my companion, granddaughter, daughter and I. As soon as we were seated, we started perusing the drink menu, a mere four pages! The full-service bar allows you to wet your whistle with more than 150 varieties of bourbons, whiskeys and ryes. This is the good stuff, and it’s their specialty. It’s for sipping, and savoring, and there is a variety of small batch whiskeys that are the hallmark of the Broken Bit. They proudly serve American Made Spirits and Products. Other bar selections include Signature California Wines, Handcrafted Cocktails, Broken Bit Bourbon Flights and Craft Beer from Bravery and Lucky Luke Brewing.

We thought it would be fun to try a couple of their Hand-Crafted Cocktails as we have enjoyed plenty of whiskeys over the years! Quite a few choices on the cocktail menu with western names like, Colorado Sun, Ranch Hand Lemonade, Sagebrush, Tombstone Huckleberry Martini and “Paniolo” Island Cowboy to name a few. I chose the Annie Oakley Raspberry Martini (house infused raspberry vodka, house sour with a sugar rim) and my companion ordered the Red Rooster Bloody Mary (St. George green chili vodka, house bloody mix, smoked salt & pepper rim). Arissa and Nadine chose Strawberry Lemonade.

As we toasted to a wonderful evening and enjoyed our first sip, we were definitely in cocktail heaven! My martini was a true delight; pretty, sweet, refreshing and the sugar rim put it right over the top. The Bloody Mary had an outstanding flavor as well; with a plethora of veggies skimming the top! I munched on the bleu cheesed stuffed olives, while my companion enjoyed the asparagus spear and cucumber. Practically a meal in itself!

As we ordered our drinks, I asked for my favorite appetizer—Hillbilly Brussel Sprouts. Now, before you say to yourself, “I’m not a fan of brussel sprouts” let me tell you, that everyone I have ever encouraged to try these, have absolutely loved them! A heaping mound of deep fried brussel sprouts, served with bacon aioli (to die for)—the most incredible flavor ever.

Over the last five years I have enjoyed my share of delicious dinners, from the Pecan Crusted Texas Redfish, Grilled Wild Caught King Salmon and Filet Tip Beef Kabobs (served with sweet peppers, local onions, zucchini, sweet BBQ sauce and roasted garlic mashed potatoes) to the Colorado Lamb “Porterhouse” Chops, Oak Fire Wood Grilled Creekstone Farms All Natural 14oz Rib eye Steak and two of the seasonal entrees—32oz Prime Tomahawk Ribeye and Crab Imperial Stuffed Mushroom.

For tonight I decided to order a house salad with grilled salmon. A plate filled with mixed seasonal greens, candied pecans, dried cranberries, goat cheese and honey balsamic dressing. One of my favorite salads, as it has the most amazing flavor, and how do you define that? Simple, your taste buds will remember the flavor for you! The salmon had an even more amazing flavor, if that is even possible! Seasoned and cooked to perfection, so perfect, my companion who typically isn’t a fan of salmon, enjoyed quite a bit, until I pushed his fork away so I could enjoy the rest!

He, on the other hand ordered the Certified Black Angus USDA Prime 10oz Top Sirloin Steak with sautéed mushrooms and poblano cheese grits—creamy and cheesy with a slight kick at the end. What we are talking about here is a peak experience in steak. There's nothing quite like it, and you’ll know it once you have had the pleasure of trying one.  The steak was cooked to a perfect medium rare and seasoned just right; tender, juicy and absolutely delicious. The mushrooms were incredible, adding an extra bit of flavor!

Nadine and Arissa decided to share the Bravery Brewery Pork Shank.  Braised 24-hours in a Korova sweet stout reduction and served with garlic mashed potatoes.  The meat was rich, savory, hearty and oh-so flavorful; reminding me a beautiful fall Sunday evening at the family dinner table. It was not only fall off the bone tender but, $1 from every shank sold, goes to Vets 4 Veterans.

Broken Bit has broken the ceiling on Antelope Valley dining expectations and has won not just one, but three AV Best categories—steakhouse, place to have a drink & BBQ. They have a lot to offer at this unique restaurant including “Whiskey Wednesday” which offers their famous 8oz Whiskey Burger, along with a featured whiskey shot. I can clearly say I have had my fair share and it is Mmm Mmm, good!

Located at 41955 50th St. West, 661-943-8228 and open Tue. thru Sat. 4:30-10:00p.m. and Sun. 4:00-9:00p.m. Check out the story of Broken Bit related by proprietor Michael Burroughs at www.brokenbitsteakhouse.com. Bon Appétit!

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