I'm a big fan of our local restaurants, but not going to lie, sometimes, I just want to stuff rolls in my mouth in an environment that doesn't judge me.
- That's where Texas Roadhouse comes in.
My problem: Literally, all of you have the same idea and want to bring your second cousins too. Ugh.
- I refuse to wait more than 40 minutes for a dinner spot. This is Des Moines, okay? We get through the airport in under 20 minutes.
Yes, but: Like the cowboys do, sometimes you have to giddy up and just go.
On a Tuesday night (one of the least busy times), I went to the Johnston location around 6:30pm.
- The wait time: One hour. Nope.
I thought ahead and jumped on the online waitlist for the new West Des Moines location before driving over.
- About 30 minutes after my initial reservation, I was able to get in.
The experience: Honestly, everything that I wanted. Cheeky Western decor. Cheap prices. Giant cut of meat that was actually cooked rare. Super friendly server.
- The cherry on top was the four birthdays that night and watching people sit on a saddle and yell a Texas Roadhouse cheer.
Between the lines: I talked to the hostess about the packed house and asked if having two locations now has alleviated the congestion.
- Not at all, she said. Figures.
Recommended reading: If you're a secret chain restaurant connoisseur like me, learn about the life of Texas Roadhouse's late CEO, who recently died by suicide after suffering from long-term COVID symptoms. (NPR)
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