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You guys know that everything is bigger in Texas, right? This saying extends to steak as well. Don’t believe me? Check out this 72 ounce steak. That’s just over 2 kg, people!

The Big Texan in Amarillo: 72 ounce steak

And it’s free… wait for the fine print… if you manage to eat it in one hour. Oh, and of course you have to eat all the sides too: a baked potato, a salad, a dinner role, and a shrimp cocktail. If you finish everything within 60 minutes you don’t have to pay anything and get a T-shirt, a mug, and a certificate. And you get to write your name on the “Wall of Fame”. I’ve seen that wall and there’s an impressive number of people on there. They write their name, the time it took them to finish, and a little sentence… Most write things like “Oh my God, I’m full!!!” If you don’t finish on time, you have to pay $72 (as of June 2011) and can take the leftovers home. However, I doubt that anybody wants to eat steak leftovers after eating a good part of the 72 ounce steak…

There are plenty of people who win this challenge, but there are even more who fail. I’ve actually seen a few take part in the Big Texan steak challenge when we were eating there a few years ago. It kind of fun to watch while you’re slowly enjoying your own steak which invariably seems tiny in comparison. It turns out that one of the guys we were watching was a semi-famous German guy who attempted the challenge for a TV show. I talked to him briefly when the 60 minutes were up and he said that the steak wasn’t really the problem, but that he couldn’t finish all the sides… And that guy’s name in JUMBO! I’ve read about other people who say that it is key to eat everything in the first 30 minutes before your stomach realizes what you’re trying to do. Who knows! I just know that I won’t attempt the steak challenge at the Big Texan.

Marco and I brought our family and friends here after a jeep tour in the Palo Duro Canyon and before heading over to the the Amarillo Cadillac Ranch. It was a pretty Texan day, y’all 🙂 By the way, in case you’re wondering, yes, the Big Texan in Amarillo is a very touristy place. When you walk in you’re greated by a souvenir shop to your left and slot machines ahead of you. The actual restaurant part kind of looks like a saloon and the waiters and waitresses are (dressed like) cowboys and cowgirls. Most of them have a pretty strong Southern drawl and they have a somewhat tough time understanding foreigners. My sister’s British fiance was a little peeved because the waiter didn’t understand him when he ordered a Sprite. Yet, he got it on the first try when I “translated” for him. What can I say, I’ve been living here for a while 🙂 The food is really, really good. They know how to prepare a mean steak – and you don’t have to go for the 72 ounces. Their menu has smaller steaks (starting at I think 8 ounces), chicken fried steak, a BBQ platter, and so much more. Fun fact? Their salads are served in metal skillets 🙂 Amarillo is kind of in the middle of nowhere, but it’s a fun touristy thing to do if you’re in West Texas anyways. And so far, all of our visitors have enjoyed visiting the Big Texan steakhouse. They love the food there, they like the saloon-feel and the cowboys inside, and they take pictures in the oversized rocking chair that fits two to three people and has you up in the air dangling your feet. So, go ahead, indulge, and be a real tourist for a few hours at the Big Texan in Amarillo 🙂

There are some pictures below and more in a Facebook album.

The Big Texan in Amarillo: from the highway

The Big Texan in Amarillo

The Big Texan in Amarillo

via Wikimedia

The Big Texan in Amarillo: decor/couch

The Big Texan in Amarillo: the steak challenge

The Big Texan in Amarillo: the restaurant


The Big Texan in Amarillo: the steak challenge countdown

The Big Texan in Amarillo: the menu

The Big Texan in Amarillo: our food

Big Texan in Amarillo: view outside

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  • R. Sherman says:

    A few years back, we stayed overnight in Amarillo coming home on I-40. We didn’t eat there, this time, but my first visit was in 1967 at age 7 with my parents. We drove to California on old US Route 66. I think they have limo service to/from the various motels on I-40 for tourists.

    Great steaks, though.

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    • Sabrina says:

      I think you’re right about the limo service. I’ve seen ads for that around the area I think. Have you ever visited some of the old Route 66 shops in Amarillo? They’re listed as a good place to check out, but I’ve never had the time and kind of wondered if they’re worth it…

    • Sabrina says:

      I just added another picture that actually have some of the white limos in front of it 🙂

  • Ana says:

    I saw that challenge on Man vs Food! How fun! Was the steak really good? I ask because we ate at Salt Lick, a BBQ place featured on that show and was pretty disappointing.
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    • Sabrina says:

      That’s too bad. I have when you follow a recommendation and it doesn’t pan out. Such a letdown. The steak at the Big Texan is really good. I’ve been maybe 3-4 times and always really enjoyed what I ordered – and so did our visitors. We’ve been to two other places we saw on Man vs Food: the Barking Crab in Boston and a place in New Orleans. The first was amazing and the second pretty good.

  • I have always loved the stories from the “if you can eat it in under an hour it’s free” restaurants. I think this is a totally US thing, right? I’ve never heard of this in any other culture. We should be so proud 🙂
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    • Sabrina says:

      I agree, these food challenges are probably most prevalent in the US 🙂 Crazy, but fun! I would never participate, but enjoy watching them.

  • I have heard about these humongous steaks but have never actually witnessed it. I had to chuckle when looking at your pictures because I think I’ve seen that decor in other places in Texas 🙂 Sounds like a fun adventure.
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    • Sabrina says:

      It’s kitschy, isn’t it? But it’s also so fun. Sometimes I just enjoy being a tourist and the Big Texan fulfills so many cliches all in one place 😉

  • Sabina says:

    Anybody who can eat that in under an that deserves a certificate, I think. And maybe some type of monetary award. 😉 It’s mazing that anyone can do it.

    • Sabrina says:

      No kidding! And it usually is some tiny guy who manages to eat it all and not the huge guys that you’d expect. I think they should offer the winners and night in the neighboring motel – who could do anything by sleep and rest after eating that much?! 🙂

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