A raw steak can reduce the swelling of a black eye just as easily as the charcoal markings of a well-cooked steak can draw it back on. Make artful use of cuisine with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of steak and seafood at Cactus Steakhouse in Yorktown.
Cactus Steakhouse grills up hand-cut strips of certified Angus beef and fresh seafood before weaving them into a surf-and-turf tapestry or authentic Southwest dishes. Palates oversee peace talks between aquatic and land-based victuals, pairing rib-eye steak with mounds of seafood in the surf-and-turf dinner ($18.99), which democratizes dining with a piscatorial choice of snow-crab legs, spiced jumbo shrimp or grilled mahi mahi. USDA beef patties get the flavor assist from mild green chilies, jack and cheddar cheeses in the signature Cactus Steer burgers ($6.99), and the Trail Blazer sandwich ($6.99) fits ergonomically into hands, delivering thinly sliced grilled steak slathered in onions, mushrooms and melted provolone to taste buds. Traditional Southwestern flavors, like a rookie table dancer, strut all over platters of steak or chicken fajitas served sizzling with peppers and onion ($12.99) or chili rellenos—cheddar jack cheese, veggies, and sour cream stuffed into poblano peppers, fried and doused in red sauce ($8.99).
Cowboys and cowgirls converse over live dinner music on Friday and Saturday evenings. The rest of the week, patrons can while away the hours guessing which couples are on first dates and which are just undercover robot informants while perched around a bar surrounded by Spanish missionary-style plaster walls.
If you see it while driving down George Washington Memorial Highway, it'll certainly stand out—after all, it's not everyday there's a cactus on the side of a Virginia road. But it's not a real cactus, of course, just a neon beacon drawing hungry folks into Cactus Steakhouse. And it's definitely a symbol for the Southwestern-tinged food served inside, such as cowboy chili in a crock with cheese and onions and hickory-fired chicken with barbecue sauce and bacon. But steak is the menu's signature dish, served as a sirloin filet, rib eye, or prime rib with au jus. Dinner is hardly the only draw here, though, as the live-music lineup nabbed an award for Best Place to Hear Local Bands from Coastal Virginia magazine in 2014 and inspired a city-wide ban on earplugs.
6401 George Washington Memorial Hwy.
Yorktown, Virginia 23692