Amarillo Home of the Cadi Ranch and 72-oz Steaks.
Amarillo, originally named Oneida, got its name from a kind of yellow grass that grows around the city. The city and the surrounding landscape have been used as a filming location in many popular movies like Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
The Big Texan Steak Ranch
The Big Texan Steak Ranch serves a 72 ounce steak and they promise that anyone that can eat the dinner completely in less than one hour can have the dinner for free. Viewers of Bob Phillips’s Texas Country Reporter voted the Big Texan the “No. 1 Steakhouse in Texas”. It’s more than just a steakhouse- you should go and visit if you can!
Navigation: 7701 Interstate 40 Access Rd, Amarillo, TX 79118
Phone: (806) 372-6000
The Big Texan Steak Ranch is a steakhouse restaurant and motel located in Amarillo, which opened on the previous U.S. Route 66 in the 4500 block of East Amarillo Boulevard in 1960. It relocated to its present location on Interstate 40 in 1970. Fire gutted the west wing of the restaurant in 1976 and destroyed $100,000 in antiques. The restaurant reopened as a larger facility in 1977. The building is painted a bright yellow, with blue trim. A large bull statue advertises their “free” 72 oz. steak.
The Big Texan
The Big Texan is best known for its 72 ounce (4.5 pounds or 2.04 kg) steak, nicknamed “The Texas King.” The steak is free to anyone who, in one hour or less, can eat the entire meal, consisting of the steak itself, a bread roll with butter, a baked potato, shrimp cocktail, and a salad; otherwise, the meal costs $72.
Those who have successfully consumed the Texas King meal have their names recorded and posted at the restaurant. Those who take on the Texas King challenge are required to pay for the meal in advance and, if they are successful, their money is refunded. The steak is cooked to the participant’s preference, and the challenge takes place at a table for six on a raised platform in the middle of the main dining room.
Big Texan Motel
Located adjacent to the restaurant on The Big Texan Steak Ranch property is the 54-unit Big Texan Motel. The cinder-block construction motel is designed to resemble a main street in an old west town, and features Texas-themed decor and a Texas-shaped pool. In 2004, a 20-stall stable was added behind the main motel building.