CP Eats: Mackenzie’s Prime is classy casual

At first glance, it doesn’t appear to be much. A circular awning, black in color, with the words “Mackenzie’s Prime” is all that distinguishes the restaurant from any other building in downtown Columbia. An additional sign reading “Steak & Seafood” was enough to spark my interest in experiencing what gastronomic pleasures might await inside this mysterious brick building.

Upon first opening the door, I was immediately greeted by a friendly hostess and was then welcomed through the dining room to be seated. The room beamed with the captivating appeal of an upper-class vintage restaurant and possessed an alluring, smoky aroma.

“We’re fine casual with no pretentiousness,” said front-of-the-house Manager Sean Mooney. “We try to make everyone feel at home. This is a family restaurant and we like to exemplify that while at the same time giving excellent food above and beyond what you would get at a chain restaurant.”

Located of 131 S. 10th St. Columbia, Mo., Mackenzie’s Prime lives up to this idea, devoting every aspect of their business to the customers. For instance, all guests are provided with a complementary hors d’oeuvre from their appetizer menu.

“It’s something to give back to our clientele,” Mooney said. “We just want something to say thanks for coming in and supporting us.”

At first glance, I have to admit, the prices were slightly overwhelming, especially for a typical college student budget. However, for someone looking for a treat, it is well worth digging a little deeper into your pocketbook. The portion sizes are generous and I assure you that you’ll never leave disappointed.

Being a Midwestern farmer’s daughter, I couldn’t resist the chance to order steak and potatoes. So, naturally, I ordered the filet minion with a side of horseradish mashed potatoes. I have eaten my fair share of steaks but this one ranks as one of the best. My steak had outstanding flavor and was cooked to perfection sending my taste buds into a coma with every mouthwatering bite. The horseradish mashed potatoes complimented my steak beautifully, as the heartiness melted in my mouth with every spoonful. Regardless of the meal’s sheer size, it would have been a shame not to finish it, so I cleaned my plate.

Needless to say, I was incredibly satisfied with my visit. Mackenzie’s Prime exemplifies what a restaurant should value, perfecting every aspect of their business. From management to meal, Mackenzie’s Prime is a refreshing addition to the food service industry.