Thursday, February 13, 2014

The Big Texan

We couldn't help ourselves.  On our drive to Taos, New Mexico last week, we decided to hit up one of the Texas Panhandle's biggest tourist traps: The Big Texan in Amarillo, TX.

You may have seen this place on The Travel Channel's Man vs Food. We had.  And after driving six hours, we couldn't wait to stretch our legs and bellies on a steak dinner.

The Big Texan is known for its steak challenge: "If you can eat a 72 oz steak, you can have it for free."
We passed on the challenge and stuck to splitting our 12 oz filet between the three of us, but we did enjoy the spectacle of watching a group of Aussies try to finish their challenging meal.  The rules: you have to eat a 72 oz steak, salad, baked potato, and roll with butter within 60 minutes. If you throw up, you lose.  If you can't finish, you owe the restaurant $72.
As you can imagine, Palmer was VERY interested in watching the food competitors and told us he was going to compete when he got bigger.  (I don't doubt this!)
Meanwhile, we enjoyed the over-the-top, stereotypically-Texan pit stop.  Every employee donned cowboy hats and boots.  There were fake cowboy statues all over the place and the walls were filled with animal heads.  It was the perfect stop after a long day of driving.

Palmer and I practiced our rifle shooting on the way out.
And back on the road, we headed for Taos.  Palmer was SUCH a good sport in the car.  Between a stack of movies in the DVD player, the iPad, books, and sleeping, Palmer really did spectacular during the 12-hours out and 12-hours back to Texas.

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