2101 E. Southeast Loop 323
Tyler, TX 75701
Texas Roadhouse is a chain restaurant that is located off of the loop and Troup Highway. The place is decorated in a Rustic cowboy theme and they offer all you can eat peanuts as a snack/starter and encourage you to throw the shells on the floor. They servers also do some 'performance' with dancing/hooting/hollarin whenever a specific song plays.
The spread: Texas roadhouse is a steak joint that offers quality steaks at a decent price. The appetizers range from an onion blossom, bacon-cheese fries, fried pickles and a pretty decent chili. They offer a few salads that my wife tends to enjoy, however, their star is their meat. I usually gravitate towards the bone in rib-eye, however they offer the standard cuts: New York strip, T-bone, filet, prime rib, etc. They also do a pretty decent set of ribs and offer various combinations. They also offer chicken dishes, burgers and a myriad of sides.
The verdict: My family usually chooses this place because they offer quality food and are receptive to kids. It is noisy enough, so the rascals aren't too much of a distraction. The peanuts are always a hit, especially with the little ones. My son loves to crack the shells and throw them on the floor. The atmosphere is also nice as they put a good effort into providing good service and a little entertainment. I really enjoy their chili and their steaks are very good for the price. They tend to over cook their steaks a bit (usually one 'degree' off - so if you order a steak medium rare, it will come closer to medium more often than not). This is one of those places where I feel like I could cook a steak as good or better, but I am really going for the atmosphere/convenience. Their other food is solid, but not spectacular. They also have a full service bar, with your standard beers on tap. I would say that Texas Roadhouse is very similar to The Outback Steakhouse, and if I had to choose one over the other, I would go with Texas Roadhouse. I guess it is the peanuts that nudge the scales in Roadhouse's direction.
Edible Tyler Roses: 4 out of 5, good value for the money, go eat a steak and try the chili!