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!
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.
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