Review of TexAZ Grill in Phoenix, AZ
TexAZ Grill - What I Liked
- Large portions
- Small prices
- No pretenses
TexAZ Grill - Be Aware
- Not much that's healthy on this menu
Chicken Fried Steak at TexAZ Grill © Judy Hedding
TexAZ Grill - The Mood
TexAZ grill is a small restaurant on an unassuming corner in a fairly nondescript neighborhood in central Phoenix. This restaurant has been here for more than two decades. With fewer than 25 tables, most of which are booths (4 people in these booths will be snug) singles may be asked to eat at the bar during busy times. Groups that are larger than 4 people may be accommodated at one of the few tables that can be pushed together, and some of the booths have separators that can be removed to make larger booths.
The decor can only be described as stapled business card / old
license plate / baseball cap / nostalgia with a smattering of old
photographs, dollar bills, vintage posters and assorted whatevers. Not
much wall or ceiling is exposed. If there were windows, they are
covered over by now! Come dressed as you are; shorts, jeans, exercise
clothes, athletic gear -- it's all good.
TexAZ Grill - The Damages
The most expensive item on the TexAZ Grill menu is about $20, with most dinners in the $12 to $16 range. Dinners come with salad, potatoes, and rolls. There are no appetizers here per se, but the sides can fulfill that role and most of those are only 2 or 3 bucks. Desserts are $3.50. TexAZ Grill is also open for lunch and those prices are in the $6 to $7 range.
My Review of TexAZ Grill
Dinner was a busy time on the evening we stopped in to TexAz Grill in Phoenix. Leave your upscale attitude (if you have one) at home but bring your appetite to this Texas steakhouse that serves a variety of USDA Choice aged beef cut on the premises with homemade potatoes -- mashed or fried with skin on. The server didn't laugh at me when I asked about appetizers, but I think she wanted to! We ordered a few sides to try before our main dish. Fried okra ($3) was lightly battered and pop-in-your-mouth tasty. My cup of chili ($3) was meaty, but not warm so it was hard to judge. The rolls and salad (all lettuce) were fillers but nothing special compared to the rest of the meal.
My companion is not a fried food fiend, nor is he a true steak-eater. That made this menu limiting, but the Beef Kabob ($16) with tender filet, onions, tomatoes and mushrooms not only qualified as being not fried, but also provided nearly the only vegetables you'll see on a plate. Nary a green vegetable, aside from lettuce, was in sight on this menu!
The bar at TexAZ Grill © Judy Hedding
As I have indicated, vegetarians can get by here on lettuce salad, tomatoes, cottage cheese and the like, and non beef eaters can have chicken or fish, but that's not the reason to come here. It's the beef, and the specialty of the house, the Chicken Fried Steak ($12) was my choice. The plate has about a pound of meat on it! Although I can not in good conscious make any argument for health benefits that might be derived from it, it was delicious! It was so tender that I never used my knife; it cut easily with a fork. They didn't drown it in gravy, but you can request more if you'd like.
The desserts are home made. Not fancy. We ordered the Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce ($3.50) and the Peach Cobbler ($3.50). The bread pudding was dense, and you could taste the whiskey in the sauce. I liked it better than my friend, even though it is not traditional. The cobbler was good, with more crust than many cobblers. Each was well worth the price.
The people at TexAz Grill aren't focused on presentation or style so much as providing comfort food at a reasonable price in a friendly roadhouse sort of style. TexAZ Grill does what it sets out to do very well.
Long time residents will remember this place was originally called Lone
Star Steaks, but they had to change it when another establishment
claimed the rights to that name. TexAz Grill is not a chain, and
Phoenix is their only location.
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