Tri-Citians love Texas Roadhouse, and they should feel lucky to know that the Kennewick restaurant is the only Washington location of the steakhouse chain. Although Texas Roadhouse opened its doors in the Tri-Cities in 2011, the first one was opened by founder Kent Taylor in Clarksville, Indiana in 1993. There are now 500 nationwide.
On average they serve 5,500 people a week. Managing Partner Steve Dunn says they have a full-time butcher who hand-cuts all steaks. Their popular Wild West Wednesday dinner deal includes an 8-ounce sirloin steak with two sides for $9.99. No boxed spuds here, they peel potatoes to make their mouthwatering mashed potatoes. Their steaks come from the Midwest, and the cows are grain fed.
Each table comes with a tin of peanuts and they don’t mind if you leave some shells on the floor. Smothered steaks are very popular with choices like shrimp, blue cheese jalapeño, onions and mushrooms. If steak isn’t your thing, the menu also includes pork chops, ribs, seafood, chicken, salads and burgers. Every half hour you are sure to be entertained by staff as they line dance to country music or a happy birthday shout out for guests. Dunn said each server is limited to just three tables so that guests get the best customer service possible.
Texas Roadhouse is big on community involvement, from helping to build homes for Habitat for Humanity to donating meals for community events, including Second Harvest and free kids meals for reading programs.
1. Texas Roadhouse
845 N. Columbia Center Blvd., Kennewick, 509-783-1288
2. Budd's Broiler
450 Columbia Point Dr., Richland, 509-946-8178
3. Outback Steakhouse
6819 W. Canal Drive, Kennewick, 509-735-9304