One of Amarillo's tourist gems is the Big Texan Steakhouse.

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It's a must-stop while traveling through Amarillo on I-40. The Big Texan is most known for the 72 oz steak challenge. The challenge is that you have to finish a 72 oz steak, baked potato, salad, roll and butter, and shrimp, all in less than 1 hour. Many have tried and failed and many have tried and succeeded.

Lori Crofford
Lori Crofford

Currently, Molly Schuyler holds the title for eating The Big Texan Steak challenge the fastest. However, someone is vying for her title and is coming after it.

The Big Texan is a cool place to visit but unfortunately, it may not be the healthiest.

According to an article on Eat This, Not That, The Big Texan Was Named for Texas in the Unhealthiest Restaurant Orders in Every State.

Everything is bigger in Texas, including the portion sizes and calorie counts. The Big Texan outdoes itself by serving up slabs of ribs, full orders of fried mountain oysters, 56-ounce bone-in ribeye steak, and loads of grilled meat.


We can't be really sure how legit this really is because The Big Texan is known for its 72 oz steak, but this says a 56 oz bone-in ribeye, but their menu says they only have a 32 oz bone-in ribeye unless you are going for a Tomahawk ribeye that could be the 56 ouncer they are talking about. If they are talking about the steak challenge, then yes, the whole meal in itself is over 4500 calories.

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Lori Crofford/TSM

Now they do sell a lot of other things including full slabs of ribs, an enormous chicken fried steak, and yes, the delicious fried mountain oysters, (not sure why they are on the menu as mountain oysters we call them calf fries in this neck of the woods). Those aren't exactly healthy, but they aren't meant to be healthy. They are even more delicious and more unhealthy if you dip them in ranch or cocktail sauce. They do have some things on the menu that are healthier, like the salmon. You could pair that with a salad and know you ate somewhat healthy at the Big Texan

It's the Big Texan, it really isn't meant to be healthy. It's a fun place to stop while you're traveling, and if you're traveling and on vacation, you probably aren't worrying about what you're eating.

Big Texan

The Big Texan is a sight to see, especially during the holidays. They know how to decorate. Even the bear that greets you at the front door likes to get into the holiday spirit.

Check Out the Brand New Cabins at The Big Texan in Amarillo

Did you know just up the road from the famous Big Texan Steakhouse with the free 72 oz steak, they have a RV Park? They just upgraded their cabins and here is what they look like.

The Best Chicken Fried Steaks Come From These Texas Restaurants

If you're looking for someone to make you a really, really good chicken fried steak, you should plan a quick trip to one of these twelve locations throughout Texas, according to TasteAtlas. To see the ranking of which one is the best, just drop on over to TasteAtlas

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