I’ve been resisting the urge to review my favorite restaurant because I figured I would be too easy on them. However, after the meal my husband and I had there recently, I realize that I can’t be too complimentary of this restaurant because they just plain deserve it! Texas Roadhouse offers the best of just about everything. The best steak. The best baked potatoes. The best rolls. The best salads. The best service. Need I really say more? Yes, I will. They also offer a great deal of fun.
My grandson has loved to go out to restaurants since he was old enough to hold his head up. So in celebration of his very first birthday, and my 54th, we went to Texas Roadhouse. We figured that we would end up having more fun than he would. After all, we were drinking the most delicious margaritas this side of Mexico. However, as usual, we were wrong! He had a ball! He not only enjoyed his “hot potato” as he now calls it, but he was flirting with every waitress in the joint. Consequently, when 6:00 p.m. rolled around and it was time for them to do their Texas line dance, they opted to do it right in front of our table. My grandson was bobbing his head, and smiling the biggest, brightest smile I’d ever seen.
Texas Roadhouse offers a relaxed and fun atmosphere that draws both families and singles. They have a full service bar where they serve beer, wine, and mixed drinks in an area set apart from the dining area. The lighting is subdued after 6:00 p.m. and it is pleasant without being too bright prior to that.
The servers are, for the most part, quite excellent. As with any restaurant, you will occasionally run into a waiter or waitress that doesn’t measure up but they keep them few and far between at the Roadhouse. When you walk through the doors you are greeted by hostesses who welcome you and flash their best Texas smile before asking you questions designed to seat you where you will be the most comfortable. They even give you the option to pick out your own steak from the meat case, if you so desire. Once seated, it is usually only seconds before your server is there to take your drink order. When they return with your drinks they bring you a basket of the Roadhouse’s world famous yeast rolls. They are almost always piping hot and melt-in-your-mouth delicious. Appetizers and meals also arrive piping hot and in a reasonable amount of time.
The menu at the Roadhouse is excellent. They offer appetizers, salads, steaks, ribs, combination plates, chicken, pork chops, veggie plates, catfish, shrimp, salmon, sandwiches, and of course desserts. Below is a cross section of Roadhouse specials
Just for Starters (Appetizers ranging in price from $2.79 to $7.99):
- Cactus Blossom, a tasty sliced onion fried golden brown and served with a special Cajun horseradish sauce;
- Buffalo Wings in mild or hot sauce, served with celery and ranch dressing;
- Grilled Shrimp seasoned to perfection and drizzled with garlic lemon pepper butter;
- Chicken Critters of all white meat tenderloin strips hand dipped in their signature batter, fried to a crispy brown, and served in a basket with fries;
- Cheese Fries in a heaping mound with melted cheese and bacon on the top;
- Rattlesnake Bites consisting of rounds of jalapenos and jack cheese, hand battered and lightly fried; served with Cajun horseradish sauce;
- Tater Skins topped with cheddar cheese, bacon, and sour cream;
- Killer Ribs together in a basket of fries; and
- Texas Chili made from scratch and topped with cheddar cheese and red onion.
Salads (ranging in price from $3.99 to $8.49):
- House with fresh greens, tomato, eggs, cheddar cheese, and made from scratch croutons;
- Grilled Chicken Salad with crisp cold greens, strips of marinated chicken, jack cheese, egg, tomato, bacon, red onions, and fresh croutons;
- Caesar Salad of crisp hearts of romaine, fresh parmesan cheese and made from scratch croutons tossed together with a zesty Caesar dressing;
- Chicken Critter Salad of host crispy strips of chicken piled high on a bed of greens along with jack and cheddar cheese, egg, tomato, and bacon; and
- Chicken Caesar Salad with tender strips of grilled chicken tossed with crisp hearts of romaine, fresh parmesan cheese, fresh croutons, and a zesty Caesar dressing.
Hearty Steaks (ranging in price from $7.99 to $18.99), served with a choice of two side items:
- USDA Choice Sirloin in 6, 8, 11, or 16 ounce portions;
- Ft. Worth Ribeye in 10, 12, or 16 ounce portions;
- Texas T-Bone (16 oz);
- New York Strip in 12 or 16 ounce portions;
- Dallas Filet in 6 or 8 ounce portions;
- Filet Medallions with three tender filets (9 oz total) topped with a choice of peppercorn or portebello mushroom sauce, served over a bed of rice:
- Sirloin Kabob of marinated sirloin with onion, mushroom, tomato, red pepper, and green pepper served on a bed of seasoned rice along with a side of your choice;
- Road Kill, a 10 oz chopped stead with onions, mushrooms, and jack cheese; and
- Prime Rib in 10, 12, or 16-ounce portions.
Fall-Off-The-Bone-Ribs (half slab at $11.99; full slab at $18.99):
Texas Size Combos (ranging in price from $12.99 to $16.99):
- Sirloin Steak and BBQ Chicken;
- Ribs and BBQ Chicken;
- Sirloin Steak and Ribs; and
- Ribeye Steak and Ribs.
Chicken Specialties (ranging in price from $8.99 to $9.99);
- Country Fried Chicken with tender all white meat chicken breast, hand battered and fried golden brown with country gravy;
- Oven Roasted Chicken, one half chicken trimmed and uniquely seasoned with slow roasted to perfect tenderness;
- Chicken Critters of all white meat chicken strips, hand-dipped in a signature batter and fried to a crispy golden brown;
- Grilled BBQ Chicken, a marinated ½ pound of breast basted in BBQ sauce;
- Smothered Chicken, a marinated chicken breast topped with sautéed onions and mushrooms and country gravy; and
- Portobello Mushroom Chicken with fresh, marinated chicken breast grilled to perfection and topped with portobello mushroom sauce, jack cheese, and parmesan.
Country Dinners (ranging in price from $7.99 to $10.99):
- Grilled Pork Chops with fresh, hand-cut boneless chops, seasoned, and grilled Texas style;
- Country Fried Sirloin with hand battered, fresh-cut sirloin served crispy and golden, topped with country gravy;
- Sirloin Beef Tips of tender pieces of sirloin with sautéed mushrooms and onions in a brown gravy served with seasoned rise or mashed potatoes and the choice of another side; and
- Country Vegetable Plate with your choice of four sides;
Dockside Favorites (ranging in price from $9.99 to $11.99):
- Fried Catfish, lightly breaded in southern cornmeal, deep-fried and served with Creole mustard sauce;
- Grilled Shrimp with two skewers of shrimp, seasoned and grilled and then drizzled with garlic lemon pepper butter and served on a bed of rise;
- Grilled Salmon, a filet of salmon grilled moist and tender and topped with special lemon pepper sauce.
Made-From-Scratch-Side options included baked potato, sweet potato, house salad, Caesar salad, cup of chili, fresh vegetables, mash potatoes, seasoned rice, green beans, baked beans, and steak fries. They also offer sautéed onions or sautéed mushrooms as an add on to any entrée for an additional $1.99.
Smokehouse Sandwiches (ranging in price from $5.99 to $6.99):
- Burgers with 1/2 pound of fresh ground chuck, served plain or with cheese;
- Smokehouse Burger with mushrooms, BBQ sauce, and onions with jack and cheddar cheese;
- BBQ Chicken Grill, marinated and grilled and then baked with BBQ sauce; and
- Mushroom Jack Chicken Grill with sautéed mushrooms and jack cheese.
“Texas Roadhouse” offers both Kid’s Meals and Ranger Meals at a reduced cost. Kid’s Meals, for children 12 years or younger include a choice of hot dog, cheeseburger, chicken critters, sirloin bites, or macaroni and cheese. These range in price from $2.99 to $4.99. Ranger Meals are for children under the age of 12 who have a larger appetite. Choices here include chicken critters, steak, or ribs and range in price from $5.99 to $6.99. These meals are served with a drink (milk, juice, tea, or soft drink), choice of potato (fries, mashed potato, or baked potato), and another choice of side from fresh vegetables, green beans, or baked beans.
Desserts, ranging in price from $4.49 to $4.99, include apple pie, cheesecake, or brownie.
My husband and I have tried a lot of items on the menu. Our favorite appetizer is the Cactus Blossom, which is always served hot and crispy. Although we have only tried the house and Caesar salads, they are crisp and cold, fresh, and absolutely the best buy in town. We attest to the fact that the Roadhouse ribs are, indeed, fall-off-the bone scrumptious. My husband still prefers TGI Friday’s Jack Daniel ribs over these by a hair. For me, it’s a toss up. The steaks are nearly always perfect BUT should they not get it right, they are very conscientious about fixing the problem. The grilled pork chops are to die for which is saying a lot for me because I do not care of pork chops. The country-fried steak is huge, crisp, tasty, and melt-in-your mouth good. My husband even loves the veggie plate; often opting for that over his usual meat choices. The truth is the only thing I have found that I don’t care for at the Roadhouse is the smothered chicken. However, I suspect that is just a personal choice. It was tender and hot and cooked as specified.
The thing we like most about the Roadhouse is their “Two Fer” specials. Monday through Thursday from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., they offer a variety of items at two dinners for $13.99. It’s a bargain for sure!
If I haven’t gotten my point across yet, Texas Roadhouse is always worth the trip. If you have one close to you, give it a try. If it is anything like ours, you won’t regret the visit!