El Paso, TX
West Texas Chophouse first appeared on my radar screen at the beginning of 2023 when it had two locations, both in east El Paso. It is a local chain that appears to be different from Great American in that all the menus and the food are the same and it has not gone the franchise route as far as I can tell. As of December 2023 there were four locations and the two I have tried have the same food. One of the locations is in Las Vegas, so this might be a preview of the restaurant’s ambition for expansion.
I was extremely impressed by the value here with steak quality very high on the scale (and I think maybe equal to Cattleman’s) and prices lower than that of most competitors. One reason may be the ambiance which reminded me of Amarillo steak houses that cater more to cowboys than businessmen on an expense account.
Bread is free and seems to be pretty generic, although I like it here better than some places I know such as State Line.
The Porterhouse was an excellent deal that is literally enough food for two people. My dining companion wanted the filet part of the cut so I do not have a review of this portion of the meat. Instead, I asked the staff to cut off the New York strip portion and give it some extra cooking time. I thought it was comparable to the same cuts I have had at well known steakhouses such as Cattleman’s outside of El Paso or Cattlemen’s in Oklahoma City. The only thing it took to make two meals out of one steak was an extra baked potato, and of course this is optional,
Steaks here are dry or wet aged, which is not uncommon for steak houses. I think that here, though, they are not trying to get every dime they can out of the customer for this privilege.
Steak here seems to be about as good as anywhere I have tried it. I thought the meat and seasoning was on point.
The build your own burger on the lunch menu (which I tried at another location) gave me on of the best green chile cheeseburgers I have found in El Paso.