Join a loud, well-fed crowd at Texas Roadhouse

aluton@macon.comFebruary 24, 2012 

The minute I walked into Texas Roadhouse my ears were literally ringing. There was the cacophony of peanut shells being crunched on the floor, “Boot Scootin’ Boogie” blaring overhead and an occasional “Yee-haw!” that rang out from the wait staff signifying someone’s birthday. Add to that the claps from those attempting some sort of line-dance and a couple of loudmouths who’d had a few too many margaritas, and I think you get the picture.

If you’re looking for a quiet setting to woo your sweetheart over a romantic dinner, this is not the place for you. But if you want a place to stuff your face, the Roadhouse will do.

I’m usually skeptical of chain restaurants, but this one had advertised generous cuts of meat, hearty sides and cold mugs of beer. What more could a guy want? I had a New York Strip and my fiancee the Dallas Filet. Both were well cut and full of flavor, although my medium steak was slightly undercooked. But we didn’t stop there.

At the Roadhouse you can also add what’s called a “Sidekick” of half a rack of ribs or a shrimp skewer along with your meal. I had the ribs and they were sweet and flavorful, but not as smoky as some might like. They fell off the bone with the slightest touch and had a nice char-grilled texture to them.

We also had a shrimp skewer on the side, but it was nothing special. We concurred that they were a bit overcooked.

Among the side items with our meals, the green beans were prepared Southern style, with a ham hock/bacon flavor that was a bit too strong for my liking. The sweet potato we ordered was great. It was large, well-cooked and held true to its first name. The steak-fries were big and thick, but a little soggy and I felt there was nothing special about them. The same could be said of the steamed vegetables.

We thoroughly enjoyed our appetizers before our meal. In fact, shortly after being seated we were given fresh yeast rolls that were great (supposedly a fresh batch comes out of the oven every 10 minutes). The rolls were served with a flavorful cinnamon/honey butter that was delicious. I had to hold back so I wouldn’t ruin my meal.

After that, we tried a combo appetizer of boneless buffalo wings tossed in hot sauce, potato skins and something called Rattlesnake Bites, which were similar to jalapeño poppers. The boneless buffalo wings were too breaded for me, but were my fiancee’s favorite.

Our server was charming, attentive and had just the right amount of conversation. As we left she joked with us. “You two put away more than I thought you would,” she said with a giggle. At least that’s what I thought she said. It was kind of hard to hear her with all the racket in there.

Texas Roadhouse

Address: 5080 Riverside Drive, Suite 1500, Macon

Phone: (478) 477-3777

Hours: 4-10 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 4-11 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturdays, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sundays

Payment: Cash, credit

Smoking: No

Alcohol: Liquor, beer and wine

Kids menu: Yes

Noise level: High

Wheelchair accessible: Yes

Health rating: 92

Price range: $2.29-$20.99

Rating: 3 stars

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