We just recently celebrated Valentines’ day and it made me start thinking about some of the Valentines celebration in the past. Since Gene was working nights for quite a few years we tried to take a 3-day weekend somewhere to just get away and enjoy some time together. One year, we spent three days in Amarillo and had a blast. Dinner on Valentines found us at the Big Texan Steak Ranch.
We had heard about the Big Texan, and it wasn’t easily missed. They are on Historic Route 66 and have signs all over the town. After seeing so many of these signs, we were eager to check it outWe made it to dinner and I was pleasantly surprised at the place for several reasons. This first thing was the HUGE cow out front of the restaurant. It draws quite a crowd. Its head was so high that Gene could barely touch the top of it. We also couldn’t help but notice the building which is painted a bright yellow, with blue trim. It is definitely an eye catcher.
You also couldn’t help but notice the sign for its 72 ounce (4.5 pounds) steak, nicknamed “The Texas King.” The steak is free to anyone who, in one hour or less, can eat the entire meal, consisting of the steak itself, a bread roll with butter, a baked potato, shrimp cocktail, and a salad; otherwise, the meal costs $72. Those who have successfully consumed the Texas King meal have their names recorded and posted at the restaurant. Of course, most people aren’t successful. Gene joked about trying it, but he didn’t 🙂
As far as the restaurant itself, it was bigger inside than I expected, and has two levels. The other thing I didn’t expect was how thick the steaks were. I had them butterfly mine and it was still thick. I usually like my steak thin, but it was ok, I will have to try something else next time we are there. However, I do have to say that the BBQ was delicious, the rolls were great, and the waiter was very helpful. I would love to go back again if we are in Amarillo. We both enjoyed the live musicians strolling around playing music. I am not sure if this is a normal occurrence, or if it was only because it was Valentines’ day. Either way, it was very enjoyable.
Like I said earlier, it is a really cool restaurant, but it is so much more than that. They also have a motel, gift shop, and brewery. The motel is designed to resemble a main street in an old west town. It even has a blacksmith shop attached to it. Right in between the hotel and the restaurant is a caged in area for dogs, including a fake fire hydrant, lol. Our dogs had a great time running around. It was nice to have a place where they could run and be safe. Kudos to the Big Texan. We took a lot of good pictures as well as some silly ones. Would definitely enjoy another visit the next time we are in Amarillo.
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