Cuisine: Steak, Chops & Ribs
Restaurant Features: Bar, On-Site Parking
Location: Coon Rapids, MN
Address: 2780 Main Street NW Coon Rapids, MN 55448 (763)862-3389
Links: Texas Roadhouse Website * Texas Roadhouse on Facebook
Atmosphere: Downhome FUN! As you walk in the front door, the first thing to greet you is a stand of cute, bubbly hostesses (make sure you Call Ahead to put your name on the list and get a confirmation number;the Texas Roadhouse is always PACKED). Adjacent to the hostess stand is a juke box stocked with classic & popular hee-haw music; play a few of your favorites (complimentary) and listen to them play throughout the large U-shaped restaurant (bar is in the middle of the restaurant). Although the restaurant is quite large, the Roadhouse literally packs ‘em in, table-to-table with just a small path to the “Outhouse” at the back of the restaurant. The bathroom is not really an outhouse, but it does have only 3 stalls and a line almost out the door.
Apparently, the Texas Roadhouse is a popular spot for birthday celebrations; we knew this because no less than 6 times did the entire wait staff come together to serenade the birthday guest. It was actually kind of funny to see, while being sung to, the birthday guest had to sit on a wooden “horse” complete with saddle, with the chandelier doubling as a “spotlight” on said guest. (In this case the guy with in the black sweater (back to camera) on the left side.
Beside the steaks pictures above, other popular menu items include Fall-off-the-bone ribs, chicken- fried-chicken, BBQ or smothered chicken, grilled porkchops, catfish and walleye. If you’re hungry while looking over the menu, enjoy the peanuts and hot buns with sweet butter…they’re sure to tide you over. Texas Roadhouse Menu
What I ordered:
The menu proclaimed its famous “made-from-scratch-recipe” Texas Chilli, so I chose that as one of the two sides that came with my steak. I mistakenly assumed that “made from scratch recipe” meant homemade, but unless my taste buds deceive me, this chili tasted like it came straight out of a can. Besides the chunky tomatoes and mildly-spicy kick, I was highly disappointed with the chili. Next time I would defintely get the side house or ceasar salad as one of my sides instead.
Since the Texas Roadhouse is known for their steaks, I decided to go with the 12oz ribeye (medium) smothered with muchrooms, onions and jack cheese, with texas steak fries as my second side. The flavor of the mushrooms and the seasoning on the steak had a hint of garlic, pepper and salt. The ribeye was cooked exactly to medium, but I thought it should have been more tender than it was, as it was a little on the tough side. The fries were slightly crispy and nice and hot on the inside, lightly salted.
My companion ordered the 16oz prime rib (medium rare). The cut was thick and tender as can be, with a slightly aged flavor. The au jois was also very flavorful. Probably the best large prime rib you will find for $17.99!
Service: Other than having to call ahead 2-3 hours before you’d like to dine-in, the service was very good. As I mentioned earlier, the staff was very fun and friendly. Our server did an excellent job keeping up with refilling the drinks for our party of six and kept bringing additional baskets of the warm buns. Our food took approximately 30 minutes to arrive, but the peanuts and buns (not to mention good company) made the time pass extremely fast.
I will definitely go back to the Texas Roadhouse in the near future.