The Texas Roadhouse Restaurant at 600 Gallery Road in Scarborough, Maine is a pretty darn good place to eat.
The Moose Head up over the door gives it a little flavor of Maine but it's definitely a country style restaurant with more Texas than Maine in the atmosphere.
The first Texas Roadhouse opened in 1993, oddly enough in Clarksville, Indiana. Since then, the chain has grown and restaurants can be found all over the United States and as far away as Dubai.
There are lots of tables and a lot of wood paneling in the Scarborough store. If you want, you can select the steak you want from the butcher-shop like meat window at the front of the store, or make your choice from the menu. And don't be fooled by the fact that they are referred to as a steakhouse; the menu does include a wide range of steak cuts at a variety of prices, but it also includes burgers, chicken, ribs, pork chops, and seafood.
One of the things I really like about the menu is the price range; if you're feeling you have a fat wallet, you can order entrees in the $20-plus price range, of if your budget is limited, you can find tasty choices in the $10 range as well. There is also a children's menu.
The first thing you see when you reach your table is a bucket of peanuts in the shells, as well as bucket to throw the shells in after you eat the nuts.
Then, while you are drooling over the menu, the waitress brings you a basket of warm crusty rolls and whipped butter. And they smell and taste wonderful!
We chose to start off with fresh green salad with tomatoes, peppers, onions, and crispy croutons.
Mr. Eva chose a small steak smothered with onions, mushrooms and cheese with a baked potato.
I chose a small steak with onions and mushrooms along with a sweet potato which was bursting with flavor.
I also opted for a side of barbeque baked beans--so delicious. Sadly, after downing these meals, there was no room for dessert!
The only thing I don't like about the Texas Roadhouse is the noise level. We try to go around 4:00 or 4:30 p.m. for an early dinner before the crowds fill the place. There's country music playing on the jukebox, and every now and then the waitresses break into a line dance. Add to that the voices of dozens and dozens of patrons, and you can forget the idea of a peaceful dinner! However, the food is great, and there's always an entree price to fit your wallet, so it is a good place to eat.
Note: I received no compensation for this revue; we paid for our dinners and the opinions expressed are mine alone.