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.




Route 66 Roadhouse: Chili Fix

Chili Fix

Route 66 Roadhouse

Serves 6-8

2 pounds boneless pork loin, cubed
1 pound beef stew meat, cubed
8 ounces bacon, chopped
1 large sweet Vidalia onion, chopped
1 tablespoon cooking oil
5 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced
black pepper
1/4 cup chili powder
10 1/2 ounces golden pork gravy
10 1/4 ounces beef gravy
8 ounces tomato sauce
4 ounces lager beer
14 1/2 ounces tomatoes and green chilies
15 ounces kidney beans
4 ounces crushed yellow corn tortilla chips

Brown the meats and bacon with onion and garlic with oil in an extra large skillet.
Transfer to A crock pot and stir in remaining ingredients, except crushed corn chips.
Cook on low for 7 to 8 hours, then add chips and cook another half hour to hour, until chips have incorporated into chili, thickening it somewhat.
Serve hot with oyster crackers or tortilla chips and a selection of hot sauces on the side.

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