Eating at The Big Texan

Posted: October 26, 2022 in Personal, Travel
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It was a short walk from my room in The Big Texan motel to the restaurant of the same name…minus “hotel” of course. 😉. I’d already looked at the menu online and for once decided what I’d order before I got there. But I wasn’t going for the free 72-ounce steak! Free? Yes, if you can eat it and all the accompaniments in one hour.

You do not need to make reservation for challenge attempts. When you’re ready, we’re ready! Challenge attempts available during all regular business hours. 72-ounce Steak Dinner Challenge Includes: Shrimp Cocktail, Baked Potato, Salad

There are a number of rules that you can find here but even without anything else, 72-ounces of even the best steak would be a challenge…a Texas-sized challenge!

The restaurant is enormous, filled with all sorts of Western decorations.

Everything on this trip runs along or nearby Route 66. There are museums, souvenir shops, and sections of the actual route everywhere, even in The Big Texan.

While I was there, a two-man musical group came on, playing guitar and singing.

I ordered a Whiskey Barrel Stout to go with…

…my meal of smoked BBQ beef brisket, side (salad for me but there are lots of other choice), and two rolls for only $14 plus $7 for the pint of beer. There was so much meat that I finished the rest of it tonight at the motel with one roll while the other was part of my breakfast. Pretty good deal. The meat you can see here was just the meat on top. There was just as much underneath. I did NOT eat the jalapeño!!

I know I haven’t told you about the motel yet but I will. Today’s trip took me through hundreds of miles of endless deciduous trees all changing colors. It was gorgeous. I arrived early and have spent the afternoon and evening watching “Midsomer Murders” and “Hart to Hart”, plus did a few other things. Nice to relax a bit. Tomorrow it’s on to Naperville.

  1. DeWetsWild says:

    I first had to convert 72 ounces to kilograms before I could decide whether or not to take up the challenge! And now that I have I don’t think I’ll go for it either. I love meat, but it seems a tad gluttonous for one person to eat a whole cow!
    Your alternative choice looks a good option for me as well.

  2. lifelessons says:

    I love this kind of place.

  3. Sheree says:

    Those are « large » portions!

  4. bushboy says:

    I agree with everyone else That is a huge bit of meat. I don’t even buy that much steak from the butcher when shopping!! That’s around $US70 of steak here and then you have to cook it.
    Nothing else to do in town but watch TV?

  5. Sue says:

    Ouf! I couldn’t eat all that meat, or even a quarter of it!

  6. peggy says:

    Ah the Big Texan – I have been by there many times. Never had a hank-er-in to eat that huge steak meal. Ha- You certainly did get your money’s worth on your meal.

  7. That’s how I remember it! Did they still have the shooting gallery in the other room with more stuff?
    I bought a couple of boot glass mugs for our souvenirs while we were there. I wonder if they made the cut when I was downsizing things for the move? I’ll have to look and if I kept them get em chilled and have an ice cold beer in one. I’ve got Blue Moon or Pale Moon whatever it’s called in the house this week.
    Safe journey and thanks for reawakening those memories!

  8. oh, goodness – that place just brings up smiles (even the signs ahead of it). Been there forever – and certainly a must see place.
    Enjoy the ride

  9. I really enjoyed these photos. Coincidently, last night I was watching something about Rt 66 and it mentioned this place and the huge steak deal. (One of my unfinished novels is set along Rt 66. I was hoping to finish it this year… not sure if that will happen.) Hugs on the wing.

    • What a fun coincidence, Teagan. Route 66 is really such an interesting, fun place. I shouldn’t really say place but there’s just so much in so many states all about it. Now I’m in the Chicago area and one end of Route 66 is in downtown Chicago. 😉

  10. Amy says:

    Great photos of the Big Texas! That is a huge meal.

    • The 72 ounce steak challenge is just a ridiculous thing, but such a Texas thing. My meal was really good and really big and for the price, I thought it was amazing.

  11. Leya says:

    Ouh…I am stuffed only by looking at it!

  12. Marie says:

    Love this – great memories – we were there in ’07… had a table up on the balcony with a great view of the 72 ounce table and clock. We saw the end of one hour, a full hour and then a bit of a third one …. it was fascinating to watch!!!

  13. Wind Kisses says:

    What a great stop over. I would sure give the steak my best try and then get the to go box. Since we don’t eat it much it is always a treat. I love all the photos from this place, and that it is along RT. 66. Such a great adventure. I know you are loving in. You must be “home” in Naperville by now.

    • If you don’t eat the whole steak and all the meal, you have to pay $72 for it, but you can get a regular steak of course. 😉. I have a really good time on the drive and yes I’m at “home” in Naperville now. Had a great evening with friends and with praise team at church.

  14. Ally Bean says:

    I miss big old restaurants like this one with ridiculously large plates of food. I like “Midsomer Murders” but haven’t seen any in years. As for Napierville, I’ve never been there so am anxious to see what you see. We might head to Chicago one of these days.

  15. belocchio says:

    Dinner, a snack and breakfast! Bravo.

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  17. Looks like quite the adventure, Janet. Route 66 is amazing! Glad you got to see so much autumn foliage!

  18. Looks good – that is one of the fun things about traveling trying food in unique places

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