Texas Roadhouse is an American steakhouse with more than 300 locations across more than 45 U.S. states, according to its website. Each restaurant makes dishes from scratch. Some of the chain’s most popular items include steaks, ribs, chicken, bread and rolls. The company does not post specific nutritional information for its products, but says that it used to provide limited nutrition facts.
Texas Roadhouse specializes in steaks, including sirloin, ribeye, T-bone, strip and prime rib. Bone-in ribs, served with barbecue sauce and a seasoning rub, are the restaurant’s other signature dish. Additional menu options include buffalo wings, shrimp, cheese fries, chili, grilled chicken, catfish, salmon, burgers, rolls and beer.
According to the official Texas Roadhouse website, the restaurant once offered limited nutritional information but then switched to offering none after some customers complained that there weren't enough details. The company also says that some customers had its food tested and threatened legal action when results differed from stated values. From the limited information provided in the past, it’s known that four ribs from the 1/3 rack of barbecued ribs have about 330 calories, 22 g fat and 10 g carbohydrates. An 8 oz fillet steak has 880 calories, 72 g fat and 56 g protein, and a roll has about 230 calories, 11 g fat, 340 mg sodium, 23 g carbohydrates, 2 g fiber, 1 g sugar and 2 g protein.
Along with refusing to release detailed nutritional information, Texas Roadhouse does not provide ingredient lists for its dishes. The company states that it’s difficult to do so because each restaurant makes items from scratch, so standard information may be imprudent to provide when slight variations are a possibility. If you contend with food allergies or sensitivities, the company urges you to speak with your server for detailed information so that you can make an informed decision about menu items.
Texas Roadhouse is far from the only steakhouse option for dining in the United States. Although not every other steakhouse provides nutritional information upon request, many do, so it’s worth contacting others if you have specific dietary considerations. Another alternative is to prepare steakhouse-inspired food in your own kitchen. Use an online calorie counter and nutritional tool to add up ingredient totals and divide by the number of servings to get nutrition facts for your dishes.
MyPyramid encourages you to choose whole, nutritious foods over restaurant meals, as prepared foods often contain more calories, fat, sugar and sodium. For the best nutrition and health, form the foundation of your diet from the USDA’s recommended whole grains, vegetables, lean proteins, fruits and nonfat dairy products.