Houlihan’s New Menu and a Giveaway

by Robyn Wright on February 25, 2014

in Food,Reviews & Giveaways

DISCLOSURE: Compensation was provided by Houlihan’s via MomTrends.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Houlihan’s or Momtrends.

Houlihan's new special menu (sponsored)

Recently MomTrends asked me to check out the new menu at Houlihan’s restaurant. We already love going to Houlihan’s so it was a no brainer for me to say yes and check it out. They even have provided me a gift certificate to give away to one of my lucky readers! Yes, I was compensated but the opinions are 100% my own as always!

Even though I am in the process of losing weight I still like to go out to eat and enjoy myself. At a lot of restaurants the “healthy” menu items are kind of blah – I do not want blah – I want FLAVOR! Houlihan’s new special menu has several options under 590 calories and they sounded good. Hubby and I went for dinner tonight and decided to try a few things.

First up, a cocktail! On their new menu is this X-Rated Moscato Martini with just 140 calories. For a sweet drink like this that is not a bad calorie count at all. The drink has Skyy Infusions Moscato Grape Vodka, premium X-RatedFusion Liqueur infused with organic blood orange juice, house sour, and fresh cranberry juice. This was just my kind of drink!

I'm enjoying an X-Rated Moscato Martini (140 calories) at Houlihan's (sponsored)

Hubby is more of a beer kind of guy. He loved the coasters – I gave into beer pressure. Ha! That is so him! He had a Budweiser.

Hubby gave into beer pressure at Houlihan's (sponsored)

The special menu is a limited time thing so try it now while you can. Hopefully, Houlihan’s will get good feedback on these items and add them to their regular everyday menu.

Houlihan's Low Calorie Options on Special Menu (sponsored)

Hubby and I like to have an appetizer. We always share because I only eat a bit of it. The steamed edamame is not new at Houlihan’s but it is so delicious. Hubby had never had them before and he even liked them. Edamame are young soybeans, they steam them and sprinkle with kosher salt and toasted sesame seeds. Some eat the outer pod, but I find it a bit chewy. Instead I pop it open just a bit, then dip it into the spicy shaoxing wine sauce they come with. Put it in your mouth and use your teeth to slide out the little beans inside and then discard the pod.

Steamed edamame with shaoxing wine sauce at Houlihan's (sponsored)

Now this next item is not on that light menu at all but it just is not a trip to Houlihan’s without a bite of their baked potato soup topped with bacon, cheddar and scallions. This is a total comfort food item – a rich creamy soup with just the right amount of potatoes and a heaping helping of those toppings. This is just a cup of the soup but it is a lot – we brought home leftovers of it.

Baked Potato Soup at Houlihan's (sponsored)

For my entrée I opted to try the new rice noodle salad with ginger-soy USDA Prime top sirloin with Napa slaw, basil, mint, snow peas, cilantro, scallions, roasted peanuts and a chili-lime dressing. This was really light and refreshing with all of the fresh herbs in it and the steak was hearty and savory enough to make it a substantial meal. The salad was actually quite large and I couldn’t finish it all. My steak was just a tiny bit on the tough side, but it still was very flavorful and I would order this again. Oh, and this is only 590 calories for the entire thing!

Rice Noodle Salad with Sirloin at Houlihan's (sponsored)

Hubby is on a weird kick lately and orders fettuccini Alfredo with chicken at a lot of places. Whatever floats his boat I guess. I like the dish, but I like trying different things. He was quite happy with this dish though and it was a decent sized portion for his manly-man appetite. This is on their regular menu.

Fettucini Alfredo with Chicken at Houlihan's (sponsored)

And who could end a meal without a dessert? We both love key lime so we opted to share a key lime mousse from the new special menu. Now this is 420 calories, but that still is not terrible for a dessert with a creamy key lime mousse, crystallized graham cracker crust and whipped cream! I had a couple of bites and Hubby obligingly woofed down the rest of it. They also have a chocolate mousse dessert similar to this, maybe next time we will try that.

Key Lime Mousse Dessert at Houlihan's (sponsored)

I have to mention also that our server, Lauren, was particularly great! We generally have good service at Houlihan’s in Creve Coeur, Missouri but she was better than most for sure. Thanks Lauren!

Our dinner was lovely. Hubby and I enjoyed trying new tastes and old favorites tonight. It is always nice to sit in a quiet booth with him and talk about our day and share bites with each other. We definitely will continue to dine at Houlihan’s and I am very happy about the new options on the menu!

There are just under 100 Houlihan’s locations across the country. You can check Houlihan’s website to find the one closest to you and see the full menus and specials. Make sure to sign up for their text messages and/or emails too because they send coupons and deals. You can also find Houlihan’s on Facebook, follow the Houlihan’s #SoEatingThis Pinterest board, check out Houlihan’s Instagram, and yes @Houlihans on Twitter of course!

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Rules: You may only enter the stated number of times per method listed above. No entering on behalf of others, using extra identities or others identities, no automated program entries, etc. If I catch you cheating you will be banned from this and all of my future giveaways! This giveaway is only open to those in the USA, ages 18+, living near a Houlihan’s restaurant. All entries must be received by 11:59 pm Central Time on Wednesday, March 12, 2014. I will pick a winner and email them and they have 48 hours to claim the prize. If no response, I will pick a new winner. Good luck!

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{ 103 comments }

1 Terry peter February 25, 2014 at 9:47 pm

I would love to try this restaurant and the salad and steak entry would be what I would choose to try

2 Linda Carmical February 25, 2014 at 9:49 pm

EVERY single time I get to Houlihan’s I get:
Tuscan White Bean Salad with goat cheese, tomatoes, balsamic and Tuscan toast (with extra balsamic of course!)
Lettuce Wraps with chicken saute, veggies and wonton strips

It is sooooo good. So good.

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3 joyceharrell February 25, 2014 at 10:54 pm

I would love to try the edamame

4 joyceharrell February 25, 2014 at 10:55 pm

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5 mom4everandever February 26, 2014 at 1:46 am

the miso grilled salmon is what I want to try

6 mom4everandever February 26, 2014 at 1:46 am

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7 Robin February 26, 2014 at 6:21 am

I would most like to try the chocolate mousse (of course). The new menu looks great!

8 Robin February 26, 2014 at 6:26 am

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9 scottsgal February 26, 2014 at 7:20 am

their almond crusted tilapia is really good at Houlihans

10 scottsgal February 26, 2014 at 7:20 am

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11 kelly February 26, 2014 at 8:41 am

I would like to try the Tuscan White Bean Salad.
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12 kelly February 26, 2014 at 8:42 am

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13 sandra February 26, 2014 at 8:44 am

i want to try the roasted chicken entree

14 sandra February 26, 2014 at 8:44 am

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15 Susie King February 26, 2014 at 3:16 pm

I want to try the BBQ BABY BACK RIBS with choice of vegetable and french fries.
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16 Susie King February 26, 2014 at 3:17 pm

I’m a subscriber.

17 Susie King February 26, 2014 at 3:21 pm
18 Kristen February 27, 2014 at 3:08 pm

I’d like to try the Rice Noodle Salad with Ginger Soy Top Sirloin.

19 mami2jcn February 27, 2014 at 7:27 pm

I’d like to try the miso grilled salmon.

20 mami2jcn February 27, 2014 at 7:28 pm

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21 Christie February 28, 2014 at 7:57 am

I would love to try their baked potato soup, it looks so good!

22 Christie February 28, 2014 at 7:57 am

I already subscribe to your feed

23 Christie February 28, 2014 at 7:58 am
24 JessieC February 28, 2014 at 8:47 am

I would like to try Lemon & Herb Grilled Chicken

25 JessieC February 28, 2014 at 8:47 am

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26 JessieC February 28, 2014 at 8:48 am

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27 Solducky February 28, 2014 at 6:59 pm

The miso grilled salmon!

28 Ann February 28, 2014 at 9:07 pm

I’d love the Seared Gerorge Banks Scallops

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29 Wild Orchid March 1, 2014 at 8:58 am

I would love to try the lemon and herb chicken!

Thanks for the chance to win!

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30 Wild Orchid March 1, 2014 at 7:59 am

I am an email subscriber!

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32 Angel Burce March 1, 2014 at 8:32 am

Would love to try the huge panko breaded shrimp. YUMMY

33 Angel Burce March 1, 2014 at 8:33 am

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34 Angel Burce March 1, 2014 at 8:34 am

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35 Raquel Perez-Espinal March 1, 2014 at 10:05 am

I would try the Grilled Petite Fillet Mignon Yum!

36 Raquel Perez-Espinal March 1, 2014 at 10:06 am

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37 Raquel Perez-Espinal March 1, 2014 at 10:13 am

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38 taryn tener March 1, 2014 at 10:48 am

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39 taryn tener March 1, 2014 at 10:49 am

I want to try the key lime mousse, the mac and cheese, and the white bean salad! Thanks for the chance to win!

40 Christie March 1, 2014 at 12:08 pm
41 gkran March 1, 2014 at 5:03 pm

The Disco Fries and Top Sirloin.

42 gkran March 1, 2014 at 5:03 pm

I’m an email subscriber.

43 Donna March 1, 2014 at 8:26 pm

the lemon and herb chicken!

44 M. L. Cottingham March 1, 2014 at 10:56 pm

Craving the Rice Noodle Salad with Ginger-Soy Top Sirloin

45 M. L. Cottingham March 1, 2014 at 10:59 pm

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46 M. L. Cottingham March 1, 2014 at 11:01 pm
47 rachel March 1, 2014 at 11:10 pm

I’d try the chocolate mousse!! Yum!

48 Holly B March 1, 2014 at 11:32 pm

The Rice Noodle Salad with Sirloin looks great!

49 Christie March 2, 2014 at 10:58 am
50 Laura Ari March 2, 2014 at 12:27 pm

I’d love to try the key lime mousse. Dessert first!

51 Alaine March 2, 2014 at 6:47 pm

the grilled miso salmon sounds great.
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52 Christie March 3, 2014 at 8:41 am
53 Liz Newsome March 3, 2014 at 8:51 am

I want to devour the key lime mousse!

54 Liz Newsome March 3, 2014 at 8:51 am
55 Marie Shaff March 3, 2014 at 4:58 pm

I WOULD LIKE TO TRY THE LEMON HERB CHICKEN

56 coriwestphal March 3, 2014 at 6:53 pm

I’d love the give the Chicken Fettuccine a try! Yum!

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57 coriwestphal March 3, 2014 at 6:54 pm

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58 coriwestphal March 3, 2014 at 6:54 pm

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59 Christie March 4, 2014 at 8:38 am
60 Catie March 4, 2014 at 9:24 am

I’d love to try the fish tacos! They look amaaazing and they are my favorite thing to order anywhere I go!

61 Christie March 5, 2014 at 8:18 am
62 Christie March 6, 2014 at 7:33 am
63 Kathy Fleming March 6, 2014 at 10:15 am

My husband loves salmon, he’s from Washington state and used to catch them there. I am so excited that Miso Grilled Salmon is on the new menu. If I win, I’m giving him the card to use while he’s on the road trucking. The new menu could help him stick to his diabetic diet and lose the weight that truck drivers often gain. ingliskf@gmail.com

64 Kathy Fleming March 6, 2014 at 10:18 am

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65 Kathy Fleming March 6, 2014 at 10:20 am

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66 Mary Allen March 6, 2014 at 11:44 am

https://twitter.com/Hollysweeps/status/441630135255441408! I would love to try the Miso Grilled Salmon!!

67 Christie March 7, 2014 at 9:37 am
68 Em Mahr March 7, 2014 at 11:41 am

I’d love to try the lemon and herb grilled chicken and the key lime mousse

69 Crystal Ward March 7, 2014 at 6:38 pm

I’d love to try the chocolate mousse! Yum!

70 Jamie March 8, 2014 at 1:05 am

The lemon herb chicken looks wonderful!

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71 Gina Hiskes March 8, 2014 at 9:56 am

I absolutely love their salads, especially the Ahi Tuna salad. And I usually get the key lime pie martini but I’d love to try the X-rated moscato martini.

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72 Christie March 8, 2014 at 8:03 pm
73 jen peak March 9, 2014 at 8:05 am

I would go for the miso grilled salmon!

74 jen peak March 9, 2014 at 8:11 am

Following on Twitter

75 jen peak March 9, 2014 at 8:11 am

Tweeted the giveaway

76 jen peak March 9, 2014 at 9:15 am
77 Daria Kennedy March 9, 2014 at 8:18 am

thai grilled chicken

78 Christie March 9, 2014 at 9:12 am
79 Christie March 10, 2014 at 7:18 am
80 Em Mahr March 10, 2014 at 11:10 am

I’d love to try the lemon and herb grilled chicken

81 Raquel Perez-Espinal March 10, 2014 at 1:36 pm
82 Christie March 11, 2014 at 11:41 am
83 tanya holland March 11, 2014 at 5:40 pm

I would love to try the ultimate nachos.

84 tanya holland March 11, 2014 at 5:41 pm

I subscribe

85 MnLady March 11, 2014 at 8:56 pm

The Spinach Salad with Grilled Chicken sounds Awesome!

86 MnLady March 11, 2014 at 8:57 pm

I already subscribe.

87 MnLady March 11, 2014 at 8:57 pm
88 liz l March 12, 2014 at 4:54 am

The salmon looks awesome

89 Raquel Perez-Espinal March 12, 2014 at 7:18 am
90 Debra Guillen March 12, 2014 at 11:38 am

I want to try the Almond Crusted Tilapia at Houlihans. dguillen at kc dot rr dot com

91 Debra Guillen March 12, 2014 at 11:41 am

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92 Debra Guillen March 12, 2014 at 11:42 am

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93 Em Ma March 12, 2014 at 2:06 pm
94 Tara March 12, 2014 at 2:21 pm

I would order the Lemon & Herb Grilled Chicken. tara.huff(at)gmail(dot)com

95 Just Heather March 12, 2014 at 5:21 pm

I love the parm fries like nobody’s business.

96 joyceharrell March 12, 2014 at 6:43 pm

I would love to try the Baked Potato Soup

97 joyceharrell March 12, 2014 at 6:43 pm

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98 Raquel Perez-Espinal March 12, 2014 at 7:20 pm
99 Jessica B. March 12, 2014 at 7:28 pm

Lemon & Herb Grilled Chicken sounds yummy. jj250@aol.com

100 ashley cossette March 12, 2014 at 8:49 pm

I’d love to try the lemon and herb chicken…yum!

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101 ashley cossette March 12, 2014 at 9:49 pm

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102 ashley cossette March 12, 2014 at 8:50 pm

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103 Nate March 15, 2015 at 9:50 am

looks so tasty

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