Friday, February 12, 2010
Restaurant Review: Texas Roadhouse in Grand Prairie
Offering a special for Valentine's Day weekend called "Lasso Your Lover."
GRAND PRAIRIE Fittingly, Texas has the most Texas Roadhouse locations of any state in the country, nearly 50! Grand Prairie's location has been in business since January of 1998, and has recently expanded the dining area, due to the large crowds. Despite being a dinner-only establishment during weekdays, business has been so brisk that a remodel was necessary. According to one manager, this was completed in November, 2009.
Texas Roadhouse is not headquartered, nor was it founded, in Texas, but they sure have that Lone Star State taste down to a science. From seafood to ribs, and stuffed jalapenos to fully-loaded sweet potatoes, the menu is guaranteed to please.
Unshelled peanuts, and dinner rolls with cinnamon butter are complimentary. A classic Southern dish, Chicken-Fried Steak ($10.49), is upgraded at Texas Roadhouse with sirloin instead of chopped meat. This means no grisly or unchewable parts. Steak is never frozen here, so your steak is cut and cooked on site. Most entrees include two side dishes. One of those sides is a baked potato, which you can load up with sour cream, cheddar cheese, and bacon bits, for 99 cents more.
Road Kill ($8.99) is not an item served in a backwoods dive. Here it is a 10-ounce chopped steak with sauteed mushrooms, onions, and jack cheese. Perhaps for one of the sides with this meal, you would choose a sweet potato. This potato can also be loaded it up with marshmallow and caramel sauce, for 99 cents more.
From February 11 through 14, Texas Roadhouse is offering the "Lasso Your Lover" special. For $31.99, you and your significant other can try to polish off: A Cheese Fries appetizer, BBQ Chicken and Ribs, a 12-ounce Ribeye, and the four sides that come with those meals. This is a savings of about five dollars off the regular menu price. If you still find it bit steep for your budget, you may want to dine Monday - Thursday, before 6pm. The Early Dine for $7.99 applies to 10 dinner-sized meals, including the aforementioned Road Kill.
For the little ones, hot dogs, mac & cheese, and mini-burgers could be just the thing. However, if your "little ones" are not so little, they may want to order from the "Ranger Meals" menu, which includes steak, ribs and chicken dinners.
To wet your whistle, a slow-brewed, sweet, iced tea may hit the spot. But if you like something with more kick, margaritas and beer are available.
On a busy weekend, the lines may still be long. This is why Texas Roadhouse, like many similar restaurants, offers call-ahead seating. You can call 972-206-0860, put your name on the list, find out how long the wait will be, and show up a few minutes before your name is called.
WARNING: Do not step in to this restaurant if you are allergic to peanuts. The shells are all over the floor. This is considered part of the charm by most folks, but if you are sensitive to the legumes, it should probably deter you.
Pegasus News Content partner - Michael Clark, Grand Prairie Restaurant Examiner
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