Texas is known for its many triumphs and defeats. There’s the Space Center in Houston, and the Alamo in San Antonio. There’s the SXSW Festival in Austin and Dealey Plaza in Dallas.
Perhaps the only place that has seen both triumphs and defeats is The Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo. A steakhouse restaurant and motel, The Big Texan Steak Ranch is home to the “Texas King”- a 72 ounce (4.5 pounds) steak which 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 have their names recorded and posted at the restaurant. As of October 2016, more than 9,500 out of 59,000 have accomplished this feat.
In 1960, R.J. “Bob” Lee opened The Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo on Route 66, the “Mother Road.” Its distinctive architecture soon became recognized across the Mother Road as a good stopping place for great steaks grilled over an open flame.
Today the restaurant feeds almost half a million people each year from all over the world. It has also been featured in countless TV shows, movies, magazine, and newspapers throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia. What’s more, it has received many honors such as being named to MAXIM Magazine’s list of Top Ten Steak Houses in America.
The Big Texan Brewery – located in the steak ranch- started serving beer in 2011. Brews include Honey Blonde Ale, Texas Red Amber Ale, Rattlesnake IPA and Whisky Barrel Stout.
The record holder for “The Texas King” is 125-pound competitive FEMALE eater Molly Schuler, who polished off the meal in just 4 minutes and 48 seconds and came back for seconds for a total of 14 minutes and 57 seconds for two meals! You go, girl!
Exterior of the Big Texan Steak Restaurant
Interior of the Big Texan Steak Restaurant
Molly Schuler as she breaks and sets the record for consuming
TWO “Texas King” dinners!