The Big Texan Steak Ranch, Amarillo
The Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo, Texas, comprises of a Western-inspired motel and steakhouse restaurant, and is a must-stop along Route 66. The motel itself is designed to look like a main street in a Wild West town, complete with shuttered windows and an actual area for the horses! However: you don't visit The Big Texan to spend a lot of time in the rooms...
Which brings us nicely onto the restaurant. Where else can you get a free 72oz steak? There is, of course, a catch: it's only free if you can eat it within an hour! Don't forget to finish the shrimp Cocktail, baked potato, salad, and bread roll too - that's all part of the deal!
This pretty much sums up the entire attitude of the Ranch - big, extravagant and over the top! I stayed here on a Friday night and the place was buzzing with excitement: there were games and exhibits while you waited for your table, live music while you ate, and of course the occasional announcement that someone with eyes bigger than their belly was going to attempt the 72oz challenge.
The Big Texan opened in 1960 before relocating to it's current position on I40 in 1970. The style is typically "Texan" with white stretch limos featuring huge longhorn hood ornaments parked outside, massive portions and even a shooting range!
It's a great family-friendly venue, and a top night out for all.