Unless you’re a staunch vegetarian, chances are you appreciate the wonders of a really good steak. Knowing where to turn when your craving for a thick and juicy hand-cut beef masterpiece kicks in is an important life skill for meat lovers. Texans love their steak, and in the areas surrounding Killeen, there are more than a few great restaurants that are firing up some of the best ones around. Read on for a sampling of a few favorites in the area.
Johnny’s Steaks & BBQ
This place oozes Texas hospitality. Its rustic setting and mesquite wood-fire-grilled steaks join forces for a dining experience you won’t soon forget. Johnny’s specializes in USDA Choice Certified Angus Beef steaks, all hand-cut and cooked to order. Enjoy your rib-eye, filet, or sirloin with sautéed onions and mushrooms for a slight upcharge and you’ll be in carnivore heaven. Johnny’s Steaks & BBQ is located at 301 Thomas Arnold Road, Salado TX 76571. One reviewer calls it “hands-down one of the best places I have ever been to in Central Texas. Their steak is on par with any of the fancy steakhouses I have ever been to.”
The Barton House
Housed in a character-laden historic building constructed in 1866, The Barton House serves up delectable dishes in its lovely setting. The combination of atmosphere and quality food makes for a perfect dinner destination. Steak lovers rave over the 21-day aged grilled filet mignon with diablo butter, offered in 10-ounce or 6-ounce portions. Other menu favorites include the grilled ribeye topped with red wine demi glace and the Zabuton, a sublime 7-ounce Wagyu Denver cut steak. The Barton House is located at 101 North Main Street, Salado, TX 76571.
Conveniently located alongside the Shilo Inn at 3701 South W.S. Young Drive in Killeen, TX, Shilo Restaurant serves fantastic food in a laid-back atmosphere. Steak fans have a mouthwatering array of options on a menu that features a Lone Star and Cowboy ribeye, New York strip, filet of sirloin, flat-iron steak, and filet tenderloin. Here’s what one happy diner had to say: “The steak was cooked to perfection! Everything was so lovely and the atmosphere was amazing. This is the perfect spot for couples to eat!”
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