They say everything is bigger in Texas. Here are 10 Texas-sized foods we’re sure are big enough to even satisfy Adam Richman’s appetite! (NOTE: The following images are NOT the actual items, but merely serve as examples.)
10. Texas Toast
These oversized slices of bread came about by accident. According to local legend, a bakery customer (Royce Hailey) ordered several loaves of wide-sliced bread for toasting at some restaurants he managed in the Beaumont area. The slices were too thick to fit into a toaster, so he and one of his cooks grilled them (with butter) instead. “They tested it on the customers, and they got an overwhelming response that it was very good so they said, ‘I think we’ve got a winner here,’ ” Hailey’s son told the Houston Chronicle.
The good news is that you don’t have to travel to Texas to get Texas Toast. Just take a trip to your local grocery store and you’ll be chowing down on these delicious, buttery bread slices in no time.
9. The Big Texan Steak (Amarillo, TX)
Go to the Big Texan Steak Ranch and Brewery and you’ll get a FREE steak dinner! So, what’s the catch? It’s a 72-ounce steak that comes with shrimp cocktail, salad, a baked potato, a roll and butter that you have to eat within ONE hour! If you can consume the entire thing, your meal is on the house. If you discover you’re not up to the challenge, be prepared to shell out $72. The rules, as listed on the restaurant’s website, are as follows:
1. Entire meal must be completed in one hour. If any of the meal is not consumed (swallowed)…YOU LOSE!
2. Before the time starts, you will be allowed to cut into the steak, and take one bite. If the steak tastes good and is cooked to your satisfaction, we will start the time upon your acceptable approval. The time will not stop, and the contest is on, so make SURE before you say “yes.”
3. Once you have started you are not allowed to stand up, leave your table, or have anyone else TOUCH the meal.
4. You will be disqualified if anyone assists you in cutting, preparing or eating of your meal. This is YOUR contest.
5. You don’t have to eat the fat, but we will judge this.
6. Should you become ill, the contest is over… YOU LOSE! (Please use the container provided as necessary.)
7. You are required to pay the full amount up front; if you win we will refund 100%.
8. You must sit at a table that we assign.
9. If you do not win the steak challenge, you are welcome to take the leftovers with you.
10. No consumption or sharing of the leftovers is allowed in the restaurant once the contest is over.
11. If you fail to complete the challenge, you must pay the full $72 dollars.
8. Dirt Road Cookers’ 8-Foot Pizza (Hondo, TX)
Dirt Road Cookers boasts the largest commercially available pizza in the world, measuring 92-1/2 inches in diameter and weighing a whopping 88 pounds! But, just in case you were having any doubts about ordering such a large culinary creation, Kurt Oefinger and the Dirt Road crew give you ten reasons why you SHOULD book a pizza party with them:
1. Everything is bigger in Texas!
2. You want the largest commercially available pizza according to the Guinness World Records Museum.
3. All your friends are doing it.
4. Dirt Road Cookers comes to you.
5. Mine’s bigger.
6. Everyone loves a pizza party!
7. mmmmm pizza…….
8. You want something to go with your ice cold beverage.
9. Bigger is better.
10. You don’t want to run out of food.
In case that wasn’t enough to convince you, we have one more reason to book a pizza party with Dirt Road Cookers: this pizza has endless toppings!
7. The World’s Longest Enchilada (San Antonio, TX)
It took 1,900 pounds of cheese, 400 rectangular corn tortillas, 20 restaurants, and 200 volunteers to make the world’s longest enchilada back in 2011. It weighed 1.5 tons (no, that’s not a typo) and was 300 feet long. Why would anyone want to make an enchilada this size? For bragging rights, of course! The challenge was to break the old record held by Mexico City. “The enchilada is one of the most popular, important items at Mexican restaurants in San Antonio,” Nick Garza, a retired caterer, told the San Antonio Express-News. “I told my friends, ‘San Antonio has to got to have this record.”
6. Big As Texas Burger (Montgomery County, TX)
Although not open anymore, the Grandstand Sports Bar at the Del Lago Resort on Lake Conroe was once home to the Big As Texas Burger. Eight inches in diameter and more than a foot tall, the Big As Texas Burger was made using two pounds of beef and was topped with lettuce, tomato, onions, fried onion rings, 1 pound of cheese, and 1/2 pound of bacon. It weighed five pounds in total and could feed three to four people. It sold for $17.95.
5. Three-Pound Cinnamon Rolls (San Antonio, TX)
One of the good things about these cinnamon rolls (aside from their enormous size) is that you can get them any time, day or night. Lulu’s Bakery & Cafe, the makers of these sweet buns, is open 24 hours a day. Another good thing is that you don’t have to live anywhere near San Antonio to get your lips on these mouth-watering confections. Order them online and get them via snail mail for $11.99 + tax with Flat Rate Shipping. International delivery is also available.
4. The Salt Lick BBQ (Driftwood, TX and Round Rock, TX)
A Texas legend since 1967, the Salt Lick BBQ restaurant serves sliced or chopped beef brisket sandwiches “as big as Texas”. They can be topped with pickles, onions, and Salt Lick BBQ’s special sauce. For those of you with a sweet tooth, you’ll be happy to know that these sandwiches aren’t the only things Salt Lick serves that are as big as Texas. Their Texas-sized desserts include a 1/2 tray or whole tray of blackberry or peach cobbler. For those with a smaller appetite, dessert is also available by the slice.
3. Hickory Hollow’s Chicken-Fried Steak (Houston, TX)
If you thought food didn’t come any bigger than “Texas size”, think again. Hickory Hollow’s “Large Rancher” is a 22-ounce chicken-fried steak served with made-from-scratch Texas River Bottom Gravy. In case you were wondering how big this steak is, one customer compared it to the size of a manhole cover. Another customer compared its size to a pizza pan.
The Large Rancher is a size up from Hickory Hollow’s “Medium Hired Hand” chicken-fried steak, which, according to their menu, is “Texas Size”. For the lunchtime crowd, the restaurant offers the “Small Plowman” chicken-fried steak. Each steak comes with two sides.
2. Round Rock Texas Sized Donut (Round Rock, TX)
Have you ever been to a restaurant and ordered an item (a burger, perhaps) that was too big for your mouth, so you had to end up cutting it into pieces just to eat it? We’ve all been there. Now, imagine a menu item that’s not only bigger than your mouth, but bigger than your entire head? Of course we could only be talking about the Round Rock Texas Sized Donut. According to Roadside America, these mammoth pastries weigh two pounds each and cannot be consumed in one bite (no matter how big your mouth may be, LOL). They sell for $7.98 apiece and are available glazed or covered in chocolate.
1. Crowdpleaser Ice Cream Explosion Bowl (Dallas, TX)
The Crowdpleaser Ice Cream Explosion Bowl at Creme de le Cookie is definitely a crowd-pleaser. It takes six people to eat it and comes chocked full of so many different confections, we’re sure there’s a little something in there to satisfy everyone’s taste buds. Included in this frozen treat is chocolate and vanilla Blue Bell ice cream, caramel sauce, fudge, chocolate, red velvet cake balls, Ultimate Fudge Brownies (Nutella swirl brownie, raspberry swirl brownie, peanut butter swirl, lemon bars & more), OMG Cookies, Screamin’ O’s (Creme de le Cookie’s signature fudge brownie tower, dipped in luscious chocolate ganache), whipped cream, and amarena cherries. Whew, that’s definitely a mouthful–in more ways than one!
By the way, the Crowdpleaser Ice Cream Explosion Bowl costs $25!
Now you know why they say everything is bigger in Texas! By the way, if anybody out there has tried any of the foods on this list (or the many others too numerous to mention here), please tell us about it. We’d love to hear about your culinary adventures! Happy eating!