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.

www.bigtexan.com

2 comments on “The Big Texan Steak Ranch, Amarillo”

  1. Loved our time here. The end of a long days driving and we were chuffed to get a room. Cooled off in the Texas shaped pool before going to see Cadillac Ranch, one of the highlights of our trip. Came back and had dinner in the steakhouse while watching someone trying, and failing, to eat a 72oz steak. Great gift shop here. Spent a fortune!! The went back to our 'cowboy themed' room that opened up onto an outside corridor and the windows had wooden shutters 🙂

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