Texas Roadhouse, Inc. operates a chain of casual-dining restaurants catering to blue-collar families, offering a menu of steak, chicken, side dishes, and made-from-scratch rolls. Texas Roadhouse operates 182 restaurants in 34 states. The company's restaurants feature a southwestern décor, hand-painted murals, neon signs, and jukeboxes, offering patrons a free, unlimited supply of peanuts and inexpensive entrées. The per guest check average is $13.53, roughly two-thirds less than the per guest check average of the company's largest competitor, Outback Steakhouse, Inc. Texas Roadhouse targets secondary markets for expansion, preferring communities with populations above 60,000 and a high concentration of working-class families. The company is controlled by its founder and chairman, W. Kent Taylor, who owns approximately 60 percent of Texas Roadhouse stock.
Loaded Cheese Fries
Texas Roadhouse Copycat Recipe
4 cups frozen steak fries
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
6-8 slices of bacon; enough to make 1/2 cup once cooked
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Cook bacon in a medium-sized frying pan over medium-high heat.
Take out bacon when crisp and put on a paper towel to dry. Pour bacon grease into a bowl and allow to cool slightly. Add garlic salt, onion powder, and seasoned salt to the grease and stir to mix. Set aside.
Arrange the fries on a greased baking sheet and bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until slightly golden.
Set oven to broil. Brush the bacon oil and seasoning mix onto each fry. Place fries in an oven-safe bowl.
Spread the cheddar cheese over the fries. Crumble bacon slices, then sprinkle over cheese. Place dish in oven for about 5 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbly. Remove from the oven and allow to sit for a few minutes, then serve.