I cannot tell a lie: Texas Roadhouse is not my favorite place to dine. However, when dining with a number of family members, I am outnumbered. So I go along, bring my earplugs, let them pick out their steaks, and enjoy a couple of favorite dishes.
And if I get stuck with the check, it doesn’t send me to the poorhouse. Because we only go there in groups of six or eight, we can call ahead, get our name on the list, and get a table in the corner. While the gang fills up on the free peanuts, I wait for the delicious, hot, honey-sweet rolls.
Appetizers are ordered for the table and I fight for a few greasy slices of the Cactus Blossom, that deep-fat-fried onion that will satisfy my caloric needs for the day.
Last time we tried the fried pickles with Cajun horseradish ($3.99). They are a bit tart and salty, but thinly breaded and crisp. They are also addictive and will lead to a second beer.
Steaks run from a six-ounce sirloin for $9.99 to a 23-ounce porterhouse T-Bone for $24.99, and they usually cook them as you ordered. The consensus is that they are very good and reasonably priced. Not being a steak lover and liking my meat ground up for me, I turn to two great entrees. First is their meatloaf, which at $8.99 is a generous portion and has a great taste. It comes with fine pieces of onion, pepper and spices mixed in, plus a tasty tomato-based glazing. The other is the strangely named Road Kill, and most certainly will turn off some diners. But it’s great. At $9.99, it is a 10-ounce piece of chopped steak with onions, mushrooms and jack cheese.
Their ribs are on a par with most of the other steak houses. All the meals come with two sides, including a variety of veggies, potatoes and salads. What happened to the baked beans?
There is a Texas Roadhouse in Cranston off Route 10 and another in Warwick next to the Showcase Cinema. Hours are Monday through Thursday, 3:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday to 11 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-11 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.