The Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo is more than just a restaurant, it’s a Texas-sized destination! It’s one of the places you need to visit, either to sit down for a steak or just to “take a look around”! Either way, you’ll never forget your visit!
1. Know Before You Go
The Big Texan Restaurant is open daily from 7 am (yes, they serve a breakfast buffet) until 10:30 pm. It’s ALWAYS bustling, but even when there is a wait (holidays and weekends), there is so much to see and do that you won’t mind!
If it’s your birthday, you get a FREE prime rib or chicken fried steak dinner!
If you are staying in Amarillo, you can call the Big Texan and they will send a genuine longhorn embellished limo out to pick you up and bring you to the restaurant, and take you back for FREE! If you are just passing through, you can leave your car at one of the truck stops in town, and they will pick you up there as well. In fact, they will even pick you up from Starbucks on I-40! Your kids will love it! Click HERE to read more about it!
2. The Steak Challenge
All along I-40 and Hwy 287 headed to Amarillo, you will see signs advertising the Big Texan Steak Ranch FREE steak Challenge! It’s also been featured on endless television shows, must-do list and travel magazines! The challenge is to eat a 72 oz. steak meal in 1 hour and it’s FREE! It sounds hard enough, but you also have to eat the salad, bread, potato and everything else that comes with the meal, while sitting on the stage as people watch you, cheer and take your picture! Incredibly, people do it ALL THE TIME, and most of them finish it in under 30 minutes! WOW!!
Having eaten in the past week, none of us felt up to the challenge, but it was certainly fun to watch as this guy tried!
3. The Big Texan Singers
We REALLY enjoyed the trio of cowboy crooners who came around, taking request to serenade us as we ate! Not surprisingly, Amarillo By Morning was the most requested song!
4. Kid’s Meals
Each kid’s meal comes inside a child size cowboy hat, you choose either red or blue!
5. The Amazin’ Big Texas Maze
In the back of the restaurant is a Beer Garden, and the Big Texan’s newest attraction, a maze! Bummer, it’s closed during the winter!
6. Zombie Shooting Gallery
Zombie Shooting Gallery, need I say more? Oh, but I can, it’s only a $1.oo.
There are copious confections, and fresh fudge!
8. Gift Shop
There are aisles and aisles of fun gidgets and gadgets, road souvenirs and more in the gift shop, but the best attraction is the LIVE rattlesnake!
9. The Big Texan Motel and Texas Shaped Pool
Across the parking lot from the restaurant is the Big Texan Motel, built to resemble an old west town. Enjoy comfortable rooms with king size or double queen size beds. However, the MUST STAY attraction is taking a swim in the huge, Texas shaped swimming pool during the summer!
10. Nearby Attractions
Cadillac Ranch is one of the funkiest and funnest art installations/road side attractions you’ll ever see, and a place you’ll always be able to say, “I’ve been there”! Click HERE for more information!
Route 66 Historical District offers visitors who walk or drive down the brick road a glimpse of the countries highway hey days! The Big Texan Steak Ranch began on Route 66! Click HERE to read more about it!
Palo Duro Canyon State Park is located approximately 30 miles away, and is the 2nd largest canyon in the county, second only to the Grand Canyon. To read more, click HERE.
Panhandle Plains Historical Museum is the largest historical museum in Texas! Located in Canyon, just 10 minutes from the Palo Duro Canyon State Park! Click HERE to read more about it!
Big Texan Steak Ranch
7701 Interstate 40 Access Rd, Amarillo
Click HERE to visit their website.
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