I had a similar experience on MLK but it was with Outback Steakhouse. I can't remember the last time I ate there, guessing 10 years easily and in that time I've become a bit of a food snob and having had outstanding steaks, began to look down on Outback as only a food snob would.
But after telling my older boys I'd treat them to dinner if they went with me to see my mom in the hospital, we started talking about where to go and the suggestion of a steak popped up. We don't eat it very often and since my wife is a vegetarian, it's not anywhere we'd go as a family. But, unless you go downtown and spend a fortune, Outback is about it for true steakhouses in our local area.
Pulled in and it was packed. 25 minute wait. I asked the boys if they wanted to try somewhere else, but with phones and cozy chairs, 25 minutes wasn't too bad. I think Outback is always packed, as is Red Lobster, IIRC. Reminds me of all the people who bag the Boy Bands - nobody will admit to liking them and we all know they suck, but somebody was buying their albums. I digress....
We got seated, had very good service, the bread hit our table warm and soft and the boys devoured it. I was fearful that their beer selection would be Fosters or Miller but was delighted to get a tall Oregon craft IPA. We all ordered 8oz sirloin, which came with a Caesar (or another side if you didn't want that) and your choice of potatoes. Steaks came out timely, they were tasty and although I couldn't eat but 1/4 of my mashed potatoes, they were very good too. Total bill was $70 which is probably more than I'd want to spend with just me and my two teenage boys, but damn it, we had a great meal together, there was not a morsel of steak leftover by any of us and not one of us looked at our phones the entire meal. Easily worth the money and will definitely put it back in the rotation for when my wife tells us to have a "Man Night" away from the little kids and vegetarian.