You know you’re good when you invent a new genre of food. That new genre, thanks to Tom Perini, has become known as “cowboy gourmet”. We recently travelled to the legendary Perini Ranch Steakhouse to delight our tastebuds and overwhelm our senses with the infamous steak that has fed presidents and heads of state since 1983. Arriving at the ranch involves driving across a cattle guard, down a dirt path, passed the iron armadillo and parking underneath Mequite trees. Stepping inside the building is like stepping inside of an old bunk house from the 1800s. Everything is weathered the natural way. This is no ordinary steakhouse.
We started with the jalapeño poppers, a bacon wrapped slice of jalapeño filled with cream cheese. The steaks, however, are the main attraction. There isn’t a bad one on the list. You’ll pay top dollar for a filet, but it’s worth every penny. The peppered strip is highly touted and as delicious as it is plentiful. Good luck finishing the whole thing. Wash it down with a Texas-brewed Shiner Bock and maybe some jalapeño cheesecake or bread pudding for dessert. You can’t go wrong!
Tom Perini’s love for ranch life began as a young boy, growing up and working on his family’s ranch. In 1973 he turned that passion into a career and has since become America’s quintessential cowboy gourmet. After perfecting the traditional cowboy cuisine and creating a few recipes of his own, Perini moved from the back of the chuck wagon into his own restaurant on the family’s working ranch. Since 1983, Perini Ranch Steakhouse has served as home to the best chuck wagon style food in America. Perini Ranch Steakhouse is proudly located on the Perini Ranch in Buffalo Gap, Texas (population 463).
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