Big Texan: A Real Big Treat in Texas

Howdy y’all. That’s what the homepage says in big, obnoxious yellow lettering. The Big Texan is a world of its own. It’s hard to miss. No really. On your drive from Dallas to Amarillo, you will see lots of signs advertising the Home of the FREE 72 oz. Steak. Not only is it a motel and a horse hotel, but it also has a restaurant that offers up a challenge: Eat the 72 oz. steak in its entirety and it’s free! Stella and I traveled across the US via Couchsurfing, staying with friends and family, and camping. But when we saw the opportunity to stay at such a unique place, we just couldn’t resist.

Waiting to check in at the Big Texan

Here are some statistics from the steak challenge that you just might find interesting:

The oldest person to complete the challenge was a 69-year old grandmother. The youngest was an 11-year old boy. (Oh dear god, that boy must eat his parents out of house and home.) A couple from Nevada has completed the meal at least 10 times. And the record for the fastest eater was 8 minutes and 52 seconds.

Big Texan restaurant and limo service

While we didn’t attempt to eat the 72 oz. steak, the experience was great. From the swinging bathroom door that reminded me of an old saloon, to watching from our hotel window all of the overstuffed people walking out of the restaurant, it was quite entertaining. We only stayed at one other hotel on the trip, and my oh my, that is another interesting story. Stay tuned.

My personal favorite… the Texas-shaped pool!

5 thoughts on “Big Texan: A Real Big Treat in Texas

  • I’m impressed you were able to travel with free accommodation — didn’t think there would be as many agreeable CS hosts across the country. Will want to learn your secrets for finding hosts :-)

    I can’t believe a couple has done this 10+ times. HOW?!?!

    • We had 5 couchsurfing hosts on this trip. The whole CS thing deserves a post on its own… or multiple ones for that matter. It was DEFINITELY an experience ;)

  • Great plaice! I wouldnt resist to :-)
    the record of the fastest eater was 8 minutes and 52 seconds – wow!!!
    Thank you for the story. Very nice place!

  • Amarillo is a planned overnight stop on the 6 month road trip I am taking with my husband in 2012. And I think you just gave me the place we have to stay! I love all things quirky & offbeat.

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