Texas Roadhouse Steaks Ranked From Worst To Best - Mashed (2024)

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Texas Roadhouse is a wildly popular restaurant chain that was founded in 1993. With over 600 locations in 10 countries, this company gained popularity by taking its mission statement, "Legendary Food, Legendary Service," to heart. All of the food on their expansive menu is made from scratch, from the salad croutons to the country-fried steak.

Speaking of steak, it's hard to pass up a great cut of meat when you visit Texas Roadhouse. Why are their steaks so good? Part of the reason is probably that each location has an in-house butcher that hand-cuts every steak before it's cooked. You can even pick your own piece from a display case near the kitchen. Steaks are always fresh and never frozen, and employees are trained thoroughly in the art of perfectly cooking each cut. With all that information in mind, you can imagine how hard it was for us here at Mashed to rank the Texas Roadhouse steaks from worst to best. While some are certainly more indulgent than others, you really can't go wrong with a steak at this restaurant chain. Here are our top picks.

10. Road Kill

Let's first get the name out of the way: the Road Kill at Texas Roadhouse is not something the staff picked up in an alley out back. This menu item is simply a chop steak, which is essentially a burger made from various cuts of meat, including steak. We're not totally sure where the name choice came from, but it might have something to do with how the dish looks after the steak has been piled with sautéed onions, sautéed mushrooms, and jack cheese.

This Road Kill option can be cooked like all other steaks, which means it offers the options of being rare, medium rare, medium, medium well, and well. It's not a bad menu item by any means. "Order the road kill for lunch and you can't go wrong," wrote one TripAdvisor reviewer. "I tried the road kill here, it was pretty good. Seasoned well and was juicy. Overall a good dish," said another on Zomato. That being said, this is probably our least favorite steak option at Texas Roadhouse. Not because the flavor is bad, but because it feels like you're eating a burger, not steak. If we're looking for an authentic steak experience, we're not going to choose the chop version. That being said, if you're looking for a good meat dish for a great price, you'll be happy with Road Kill.

9. USDA Choice Sirloin

If you're looking for a good sirloin steak at an affordable price, Texas Roadhouse is the place to be. We have no major complaints about this cut of meat. In fact, it's a huge hit with most Texas Roadhouse customers. "​​I always get a sirloin steak and it is cooked just the way I like it," said one customer on TripAdvisor. The sirloin steak comes in four sizes (six-ounce, eight-ounce, eleven-ounce, and sixteen-ounce) and can be cooked in the way you prefer. At a good price, this dish is the most economical way to get an authentic steak experience.

However, with so many other juicy steaks on the menu, many Texas Roadhouse customers find this option rather lackluster. "I think I have tried everything on the menu and it would be hard to pick a favorite, but my least favorite would probably be the sirloin, but that's because the sirloin is just not the best cut of meat," explained a frequent customer on TripAdvisor. If you're on a budget you can opt for the sirloin. Otherwise, keep reading this list for even better options.

8. Prime Rib

Also called a standing rib roast, prime rib is a beautiful cut of meat that is known for being juicy, tender, and indulgent. Prime rib is typically slow-roasted and often expensive. Fortunately, Texas Roadhouse offers a tasty prime rib at a decent price. One reviewer from the blog Caliplate noted that while the dish "may not be the same quality as what you can get from some of the more high-end restaurants," it was definitely tastier than the prime rib from similar restaurants.

We also ranked this steak option lower on our list because it reviews are somewhat inconsistent. While some customers seem to love this dish, others find it disappointing. Another review by the blog Wichita By EB, noted that "the prime rib was also just alright... While it was a really thick cut, it could have been a little more rare. It also wasn't too fatty. Some of the prime rib was tough and other parts were really tender. Simply put, it was a decent prime rib but I've definitely had better." When it's cooked well, Texas Roadhouse's prime rib makes for an excellent meal. But if you want to ensure a delicious steak dinner, it may be best to choose another option.

7. Ft. Worth Ribeye

The Ft. Worth Ribeye is similar to a bone-in ribeye but without the, well, bone. This does give the steak less flavor than the bone-in version, which puts it lower on our list. However, it's still a great cut of meat that customers love. "The Ft. Worth Ribeye dinner is my favorite," wrote one person on TripAdvisor. "The steak is cooked to perfection and is so flavorful, juicy, and delicious it practically melts in your mouth."

With marbling throughout the steak, the Ft. Worth Ribeye is certain to make your mouth water. It's great on its own but is equally tasty when paired with some steak sauce. If you enjoy a good ribeye but don't like dealing with the bone, this is an excellent option. It also comes with two side options like most dishes at Texas Roadhouse, and we've found that the sweet potato fries and steak fries pair particularly well with this menu item.

6. Filet Medallions

It's not uncommon for smaller cuts of meat to be overcooked and tough, but that's not the case with Texas Roadhouse's filet medallions. This dish comes with three 3-ounce filets that are each cooked to perfection just how you like it. They're also served on top of deliciously seasoned rice, which is only offered with a couple of the steak dishes. Top everything off with a tangy peppercorn sauce or rich portobello mushroom sauce and you've got a unique steak dinner that you'll love. "The filet medallions melted in our mouths," said one happy customer on TripAdvisor.

What are the downsides to this meal? You only get nine ounces of steak total without the option to increase your portion size. A lot of that plate space is taken up by the seasoned rice, so if you want as much meat as possible, we'd recommend going with another steak option. However, this is a great dish for people who aren't huge carnivores and want a little more to their meal.

5. Steak Kabob

Similar to the filet medallions, you might expect a kabob to be tough and overcooked. If we were at a family barbecue we might agree with you, but kabobs are done differently at Texas Roadhouse. This steak is marinated and cooked to your desired temperature, giving it an ideal flavor and texture. It's also served with onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, red pepper, and green peppers on the kabob, as well as the same seasoned rice that comes with the filet medallions.

"My husband loves the Kabobs. Oooooo yum! Whatever the kabob sauce is, well...it's a little slice of YUM! You can't go wrong with this dish. Really, it's that good!" wrote the enthusiastic food blog Devour Dinner. If you want a variety of flavors and textures in your steak dinner, this is a great option to choose. However, you are looking at less meat than a standard cut of steak on some of the other dishes, which isn't ideal for people who want to eat as much meat as possible in one sitting.

4. New York Strip

A New York strip is cut of beef from the short loin of a cow. This makes the meat super tender and flavorful. Fans consistently rave about Texas Roadhouse's take on this classic, which comes in an 8-ounce thick cut or 12-ounce traditional cut. "Excellent new York strip," one reviewer said on TripAdvisor. "Really neat how you pick your steak cut as you walk in and [it's] cooked to perfection." Another reviewer called this cut "superb" and "done to perfection."

The New York strip tastes similar to the sirloin but offers more tenderness and flavor. Consider it a tastier (and slightly more expensive) upgrade. This dish also comes with the choice of two sides. Everything goes well with a strip steak, so choose whatever looks good to you on the menu. The only downside to this cut of meat is that it isn't as tender as some of the remaining cuts. If you don't mind a little chew, this is a great pick.

3. Porterhouse T-Bone

The Porterhouse T-Bone is extremely appropriate for this restaurant. The cut of steak is a whopping Texas-sized 23 ounces per meal. If you accept the challenge, you'll be rewarded with a delightfully juicy piece of meat that will impress everyone around you. "I ordered the Porterhouse T-Bone steak," one TripAdvisor reviewer said about a previous trip. "It was so juicy and had so much flavor. I enjoyed it very much."

With so much flavor and meat packed into this dish, you might be wondering why it isn't ranked as our number one option. This really comes down to the bone inside, which causes a couple of potential issues (via TEYS Group). Having a large bone stuck in the middle of your steak requires a bit more maneuvering with your steak knife than a boneless option. The bone also makes it a little trickier to create an even cook throughout the steak, so you may find yourself enjoying medium-rare bites alongside well-done bites. Still, it's a fantastic item that we'll definitely be ordering again in the future.

2. Bone-In Ribeye

This dish is similar in many ways to the Ft. Worth Ribeye, except for one key element. The bone-in ribeye keeps the rib bone attached to the meat while it's cooked. While this does create the potential for some uneven cooking, it adds so much additional flavor that is 100% worth it. This menu item comes in a hefty 20-ounce portion and can be cooked to your liking.

"Bone-in ribeye steak was great and delicious as what I had in New York City," one customer said on TripAdvisor. "Amazing bone-in ribeye," said another. "The 20 oz bone-in was amazing, perfectly tender, and cooked just right." Tender, juicy, packed with flavor, and comes with two delicious sides? You really can't go wrong with this menu item. It loses out to our number one pick, but just barely. We promise you'll leave Texas Roadhouse satisfied if you put your faith in this dish.

1. Dallas Filet

According to the Texas Roadhouse website, the Dallas Filet is their "most tender steak that is lean and melts in your mouth." They aren't exaggerating. This steak is by far the best thing you'll find on the menu in this restaurant, which is saying a lot. It's unbelievably tender and packed with authentic flavor. It's also seasoned well without overpowering the meaty flavor you look for in any steak dish. "The Dallas filet always melts in our mouths," wrote one reviewer on TripAdvisor. "It is seasoned nicely and not too salty."

Although it's one of the most expensive cuts of meat per ounce, you're still getting a great deal for the quality of the dish. Paired with two sides (we recommend the steak fries and sautéed mushrooms to bring out the meatiness), you've got yourself a fabulous meal that will hold its own against fancier restaurants. Trust us, this is one of the best steaks you'll eat without spending a fortune.


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