The billboards that dotted the Interstate 40 called to The Husband and I. “Free 72. oz” steak it said. Its not that I was hungry (or maybe I was). Maybe The Husband was. But it said the magic word: “FREE” Who in their right mind wouldn’t want that?
And so we droned through hundreds of miles from Albuquerque, drove through the Cadillac Ranch and arrived at THE Big Texan, home of the free 72. oz. steak made infamous by them billboards and the show, Man vs. Food.
Of course, we knew that free could not be 100%. There should be a catch. There ALWAYS is a catch. No free lunch as it has been said.
And there were several caveats. The 72 oz. (2 kilograms) steak and you will not go on a solo date. No, no, no. It comes with his posse of side dishessss:a plate of shrimp cocktail, a full-sized, two fist big baked potato, a plate of salad (token), hamburger roll and gobs of butter, that must be finished in ONE HOUR to be eaten by ONE PERSON.
So how do you fit a meal that could feed a family of four, or even six, into one human stomach in sixty minutes?
Plus you’d have to eat on a stage like a freak show for everyone to see, unless you’re the type who enjoys a crowd gawking at you as you shove a spoonful of food in your mouth. Oh, no bathroom breaks allowed. Sorry. And that’s not all, puking post mammoth feast consumption is not allowed. Kick the bucket away mister.
The 72 oz. combo meal, when not finished, would cost you a hefty $72. Yikes. But the only good thing is you can actually bring home leftovers.
So were we ready to take on the challenge? Cue in cowboy duel music…
Nah. Instead of losing a challenge, risking public humiliation and putting a hole the size of Texas in The Husband’s still fresh-off-the-boat pockets, we decided to settle for a smaller steak, a 24 oz one, split between the two of us.
I know. Shame for being Big (adopted) Texan sissies both of us. But I say YAY for being the level-headed, bang-for-buck sissies we are.
The Big Texan
7701 I-40 East
Amarillo, Texas USA 79118
+1 (806) 372-6000