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.




Steakhouse Filet Salad

Most of the major steak chains offer some type of steak salad.  The Texas Roadhouse salad contains salad greens drizzled with Italian dressing, topped with tender filet strips, bleu cheese crumbles, bacon bits, red onions, tomatoes and croutons, and served with a side of creamy bleu cheese salad dressing. (If you'd like to make their homemade dressings see sidebar for recipes.) If you plan for left overs when grilling your dinner steak this is a great way to stretch a food buck by making a salad for lunch the next day.

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