When the Texas Roadhouse came to Western New York, local residents were ready to pull out their two-gallon hats and try some of the restaurant’s award-winning barbeque. Finding good barbeque around Buffalo, New York can be a challenge in the land of Buffalo Wings. Texas Roadhouse was the answer. The restaurant is so popular on the weekends, that long waits are almost certain for guests who try to walk in at prime dinner hours. Texas Roadhouse will allow diners to call ahead, however, and put their name on the wait list to save bench time when they arrive for dinner.
Texas Roadhouse Atmosphere
Everything about the Texas Roadhouse is Texas-sized. The lobby area has two entire sections of wooden benches for a waiting area. A large wooden barrel sits at the entrance, filled to the brim with peanuts in the shell. Proper etiquette at Texas Roadhouse is carefree, and guests may snack on the free peanuts while waiting and then relish the thrill of tossing the shells on the floor.
A large glass case features the best cuts of steak, near the front of the restaurant. Guests may hand select their own filet, strip steak, or other prime choices of beef. The prices are indicated on a sign above the showcase. Texas Roadhouse prides itself in their quality, hand cut selections of beef. Fresh bread is made constantly at Texas Roadhouse, and there were bakers near the front of the restaurant assigned to making, baking, and placing hot, fresh bread with a special cinnamon butter in baskets for the servers to disperse to diners.
Seating at Texas Roadhouse is plentiful, though the restaurant seems to be filled during the dinner hours. Large wooden tables are designed as booths for seating, with some extra large tables available to seat six people. The tables all have little metal buckets filled with peanuts for guests to snack on.
Texas Roadhouse Specialties
Texas Roadhouse is known for their tender, fall-off-the-bone barbeque ribs, and their high qualtity selection of steaks. The server informed our table, that the ribs are cooked for eight hours to achieve the desired tenderness. After ordering a “Sidekick of Ribs” for $6.49 with my “Road Kill” entree (chopped steak, smothered with mushrooms, onions, and cheese for $7.99), I am convinced that these are the best barbeque ribs north of Texas. The side order of ribs was about a half slab, with large, meaty, and tender ribs that fell apart when pulled with a fork. A barbeque rib basket is also featured with a side of fries on the appetizer menu, for those that want to try a sample. The “Road Kill” was the best tasting chopped steak I’ve ever had, with generous portions of mushroom buttons and thick, sweet, onion slices.
Other diners in our party of seven ordered a chicken and rib combo, smothered chicken, filet medallions, and the full slab of ribs. Comments from the diners in the party included:
“This is the best tasting road kill I’ve ever had”
“These ribs are amazing!”
“This is my new favorite restaurant”
“I need a to-go container, the portions are big enough to share”
Prices are reasonable at Texas Roadhouse, especially considering the large portions, quality food, and freshly made side dishes. Entrees range from just $6.49 for a burger and fries, to $19.99 for a 22 ounce bone-in ribeye steak. The dinner selections all come with a choice of two side dishes. Some of the side dishes include a house salad, green beans, mashed potatoes, a baked sweet potato, steak fries, and fresh vegetables.
The kids menu features meals that start at $2.99 for a hot dog meal with drink. Ranger Meals are available for kids with larger appetites, for $5.99 and $6.99 including a drink and a side dish. The Ranger Meals include Andy’s Steak ($6.99), Ranger Rib Basket ($6.99), and a Chicken Critters Basket ($5.99).
Texas Roadhouse is popular for a good reason. The food would make any cowboy happy, and the portions are well worth the menu prices. This is a good restaurant choice for a family dinner, night out, or celebration. Birthday celebrations will prompt the servers to bring out the wooden horse and saddle. The VIP birthday star gets to sit on the saddle while the servers and restaurant guests shout out a Texas-sized happy birthday. Texas Roadhouse is worth a visit.
The Buffalo area Texas Roadhouse is located at 900 Young Street, Tonawanda, NY 14150. The phone number for call-ahead reservations is (716) 692-0457. Texas Roadhouse is open from 4:00-10:00 pm on Monday through Thursdays; 4:00-11:00 pm on Fridays; 11:00 am until 11:00 pm on Saturdays, and 11:00 am until 10:00 pm on Sundays.