The King of Food Challenges at The Big Texan Steak Ranch

The restaurant invites you to take on the Texas King for your shot at glory

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The Big Texan serves one of the country's most famous food challenges.

So do you fancy yourself an eating machine? Do you laugh at a huge plate of food when lesser ones would cower and beg for mercy? Well, Texas has the food challenge for you!

The Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo has long been a destination on food tourists' maps. The Big Texan is an absolute legend in the eating world, known for its free steak dinner. Free, that is, if you can finish it.

The Texas King challenges the diner to attempt to eat the entire steak meal in one hour or less. If you can do that, then the meal is free. I know what you’re thinking, "Hey where do I sign up for that?! I’ll crush it!" All you need to do is hop in your car and head on over to Amarillo, Texas, and tell the good folks at the Big Texan that you want to take the Texas King challenge.

Oh, we forgot to mention that the steak itself is a little on the large side. It’s 72 ounces, to be exact. That’s 4 1/2 pounds of flame-roasted steak goodness done to your preference to be consumed in one hour. Sound doable? Don’t forget that there are the sides that go along with it. Those have to be finished within the hour, too. In case you were wondering, the sides are a massive baked potato, a bread roll with butter, shrimp cocktail, and ranch beans.

Think you’re up to the challenge? Head on out and give it a shot already! And appropriately enough, the Big Texan Steak Ranch is also a motel, so that way after your meal you don’t have to go anywhere. You just have them wheel you to your room so that you can recover.


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