The first Texas Roadhouse was opened in 1993 in Clarksville, Indiana and from the beginning, the goal was to provide a family friendly atmosphere and good food at affordable prices. Today, the western themed chain has about 450 restaurants in almost every state, as well as some overseas locations, including the Philippines and Saudi Arabia. The restaurant chain’s motto is ‘legendary food, legendary service’ and it sometimes seems as if its warm bread rolls and free peanuts are almost as popular as some of the menu items.
Prices on the Texas Roadhouse menu are in line with its several competitors, allowing a family of four to eat for well under $100. Just about everything at Texas Roadhouse is cooked from scratch, and the chain is also known for its larger than usual portions. A variety of gluten friendly meals is offered, as well as a range of children’s meals that are available on the menu, including mac and cheese, hot dogs and chicken tenders. Many restaurants offer an ‘early bird’ promotion, discounting the prices on menu items for customers dining before 5pm or similar.
The steak meals are probably the best known items on the Texas Roadhouse menu, with choices typically including sirloin, bone in ribeye, New York strip, prime rib and porterhouse. Prices for steak entrees typically range from about $14 to $25. Other menu items include a variety of burgers and sandwiches, including a smokehouse burger, mushroom burger and pulled pork sandwich. Prices are about $9 to $12. There are usually several chicken dishes on the restaurant menu, including Portobello mushroom chicken and grilled barbecue chicken.
Other menu options at Texas Roadhouse include a half or full slab of ribs, fish dishes such as grilled shrimp or grilled salmon, and several country style meals. These might include beef tips or a pulled pork dinner, ranging in price from around $10 to $12. The chain usually has several ‘Texas size combos’ from which to choose, which range in price from around $16 to $24, and include such options as shrimp and ribs, sirloin and chicken, and ribs and chicken. There are about a dozen side dishes to choose from, including a loaded baked potato, green beans, sautéed mushrooms and loaded steak fries.
Texas Roadhouse offers several appetizer options, and all customers are given a basket of warm rolls as well as endless free peanuts. Typical appetizers on the menu include fried pickles, boneless buffalo wings, cheese fries and a cactus blossom, a large onion deep fried and sliced. There are usually several desserts to choose from on the menu, including a brownie or strawberry cheesecake. Appetizers cost between $5 and $10, and there are also several salad options including chicken Caesar and steakhouse filet.
Drinks available include soda and tea with free refills, as well as a good selection of domestic and imported beers, wines and spirits. Texas Roadhouse locations offer call ahead seating for customers, as well as the ability to purchase gift cards and check the balance online.