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One of the best things about driving along Route 66 is stopping at all the quirky, historic stops along the way, and Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo, Texas, fits this description perfectly. Who can resist the challenge of the place–finishing a 72-ounce steak and all the fixings in one hour and getting the meal for free?

The Big Texan Steak Ranch

Turns out, we could resist, but that didn’t stop our family from stopping for lunch on a road trip out west. And let me tell you, the smaller steaks are delicious. Even if you’re not hungry, this place is worth a stop to check out the decor and roadside fun.

The Big Texan Steak Ranch and Route 66

The Big Texan Steak Ranch

The original location of The Big Texan Steak Ranch opened in 1960 along Route 66. When I-40 opened, the location was moved, though it’s worth noting that I-40 mostly runs along Route 66, often parallel to the Mother Road. After a fire, a new, larger restaurant was opened in 1978.

The Big Texan Steak Ranch Motel

In 1983, a motel was added to the property. The Big Texan Steak Ranch can be the perfect stop as you travel Route 66. Nowadays, you can also take a swim in the Texas-shaped pool or stay in one of their Airbnb rooms. This motel looks like the perfect place for quirky family fun that later becomes the cherished memories of an American road trip.

We weren’t at a place in our journey to stop for the night. Instead, we stopped for lunch on a rainy day in June, ready to sample some steak and get in on the fun.

Big Texan Steak House Amarillo

Our Experience at The Big Texan

We arrived a tad before noon, ready to try some Texas steak. Luckily, it wasn’t very busy yet.

The Big Texan Steak Ranch

We headed inside, eager to get out of the dampness.

The Big Texan Steak Ranch

Once you’re inside, you know you’re someplace truly unique.

The Big Texan Steak Ranch

We noticed a gift shop, a dessert counter, and other possible things to explore right away, We decided to grab a table and save the exploring for after lunch.

We also saw information on the 72 oz. steak challenge.

The Big Texan Steak Ranch

I’m sure it’s great fun for the right person, but we were not those people.

After checking with the hostess, we were shown to our table right away.

The Big Texan Steak Ranch

There are booths around the perimeter of the room, but our table was a long table in the middle. We were seated at the same table as another party, but we had some space between us. It was fine.

The Big Texan Steak Ranch

We ordered drinks and grabbed our menus. We took our cups with us; they came in handy on our trip, and we still use them at home.

The Big Texan Steak Ranch

Before long, the rolls came out. Yum!

The Big Texan Steak Ranch

They do have a lunch menu, so we ended up ordering off of that. The portions are perfect for lunch.

I went with the sirloin sandwich and a loaded baked potato. I ate the steak without the bun, though.

The Big Texan Steak Ranch

Jeff had the chicken-fried steak sandwich with waffle fries.

The Big Texan Steak Ranch

Kristin had her staple–chicken strips, waffle fries, and mashed potatoes and gravy.

The Big Texan Steak Ranch

Everything was a “thumbs up” from us!

While we dines, strolling musicians serenaded us, and every once in a while, someone would take the steak challenge. Those people got to sit beneath a timer on a stage in the middle of the dining room for all to see,

The Big Texan Steak Ranch

After Our Big Texan Lunch

After we ate our fill, we needed to walk off a bit of lunch before hopping in the car and continuing west. We walked past the dessert counter, but we were too stuffed.

The Big Texan Steak Ranch

There is also a bar next to the dessert counter if you aren’t interested in going into the restaurant.

The Big Texan Steak Ranch

If you continue walking past the bar, you’ll find the restrooms. And across from the bar is an old-fashioned shooting gallery.

The Big Texan Steak Ranch

Across from the dining room, you’ll find the gift shop. It was the perfect place to find our requisite magnet.

The Big Texan Steak Ranch

And, if you make your way to the back of the gift shop, you’ll find the resident rattlesnake.

The Big Texan Steak Ranch

We had a great time at our lunch stop. It was our first lunch on the road during this road trip, and the fun-filled restaurant helped us kick off our trip right. The food isn’t gourmet, of course, but it was tasty and kept us full until we stopped for the evening in Albuquerque. Give The Big Texan Steak Ranch a stop on your Route 66 adventure!

The Big Texan Steak Ranch
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  1. We visited the Big Texan Steak House several years ago on our way to the Grand Canyon. We did not attempt the 72 oz. challenge. That seemed a bit much! 😂 Happy trails!

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  2. The Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo, Texas looks like the perfect stop on Route 66. But know I wouldn’t even close to completing that challenge!

  3. I have drive by that restaurant more times than I can count and have never stopped! Good to know it is yummy!

  4. I have got to stop by and have a meal at the Big Texan Steak House when I visit my friends who just moved to Texas! Looks like such a fun atmosphere and I do love some good homestyle cooking! I don’t think I’ll be up for the 72 oz challenge though haha!

  5. The Big Texan Steak House looks like a great stop. Some fun & interesting things to visit for sure.

  6. I remembered seeing the Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo on a food eating competition type show before! As much as I love steak, I don’t think I could even attempt the 72oz challenge! I like the idea of going there for lunch like you did.

  7. Everything is bigger in Texas, right? The Big Texan seems to fit the bill.

  8. The Big Texan Steak House looks awesome! I would love to visit someday and try the steak challenge! I probably couldn’t do it, but I do love steak. Lol

  9. Cindy Moore Reply

    Big Texan Steak Ranch looks like a very unique place! I’d want to look at everything.

  10. Lisa, Casey, Barrett Dog Reply

    Amarillo is one place in Texas we have not visited. The Big Texan Steak House is a place we would feel right at home! That steak looks delicious!

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