What started in 1993 with a goal of just owning a house, has already over 400 branches in the US alone and is present in Taiwan, Dubai and now, Texas Roadhouse is finally in the Philippines. They're quite famous for their hand-cut steaks, award winning ribs, fresh-baked bread and huge Texan serving.
Upon entering, we were instantly greeted by their enthusiastic servers and heard country music in the background. The restaurant has all the elements you see at diners that we see on movies -- neon signs, booths and a lot of wood elements.
The branch at Uptown Mall is 500sqm including the outdoor sitting area with a seating space for 300 people to watch the restaurant's trademark line dancing that happens every hour. Here are dishes to look out for at Texas Roadhouse for when you visit on April 28.
Starting with the restaurant's fine reputation, we finally got to try the oh-so-special basket of Fresh Baked Bread which are made every five minutes in small batches so the rolls are guaranteed hot and fresh when served. Don't forget to coat the fluffy bread with their homemade honey cinnamon butter!
A personal favorite, the Rattlesnake Bites are balls of diced jalapeños and jack cheese that are hand-battered and lightly fried. It's served with Ranch dressing to ease up the heat from the jalapeños.
Try the Crispy Chicken Salad if you want a healthier way to start your meal; it has crispy strips of chicken piled high on a bed of fresh greens topped with shredded jack and cheddar cheese for that sharp taste. There are actually a variety of salads and they're tossed in homemade dressings like ranch, honey mustard, Italian and blue and Caesar.
Go big or go home with their Appetizer Combo which has all their must-tries on one plate -- Buffalo Wings (bone-in or boneless) and comes in mild or hot, Rattlesnake Bites and Potato Skins filled with cheese and bacon bits (two of our favorites!).
The smallest steak available at Texas Roadhouse is the 6oz Sirloin which comes in just the right size for when your craving for some good ol' steak. It is cooked to order so it's oozing with juice and is tender when you cut a chunk of it.
You can choose among a number of made-from-scratch sides which you can pair with your meals: steamed white rice, seasoned rice, steak rice, mixed vegetables, mashed potatoes, buttered corn, coleslaw, baked potato, sweet potato, steak fries, house salad and Caesar salad.
Grilled on an open fire to achieve that wonderful smoky taste and just the right amount of char, their steaks come in a variety of premium cuts which you may choose from. This 22oz bone-in Rib Eye is the biggest cut they have and is the highlight of our meal if you ask me. We are told that these slabs of meat are chilled and never frozen even if they're all shipped from the US and are aged between 21 to 48 days. Their Rib Eye steaks are its most flavorful and juicy pieces of meat because of the even marbling throughout the meat.
The Texas Sized Platter is only available in the Philippines and has different combinations which you can choose from. This particular platter has roasted chicken, beef steak tips on top of their mashed potato and pork chops.
While Texas Roadhouse claims of having the best steaks, they're also known for its other dishes and specialties like the Award Winning Ribs which are named like that for a reason. It's their blue ribbon fall-off-the-bone ribs that are slow cooked with a unique blend of seasoning until fork tender and slathered with their signature barbecue sauce that has the right amount of sweetness to it the Filipinos will love. Down it with any of their frozen margaritas and sangrias (comes in iced or frozen) served in huge goblets.
You can never go wrong with burgers. They have a couple of choices on the menu -- All-American Cheeseburger, Mushroom Jack Chicken, Buffalo Burger and Sliders to name a few. We had the Smokehouse Burger which has 6oz of ground sirloin for its patty, sauteed mushrooms, onions, topped with BBQ sauce for that flavor we don't usually find in our burgers and it's oozing with American and jack cheese.
Also available only in the Philippines, the Frozen Turtle Pie has an oreo crusted tart filled with salted caramel ice cream topped with roasted pecans for an added texture, drizzled with hard cracked chocolate and toffee sauce. Definitely the perfect meal-ender to a protein-filled meal.