Texas Roadhouse Nutrition Facts: Menu Choices & Calories

Best and Worst Health Choices at Texas Roadhouse

Texas Roadhouse Nutrition Facts
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When you visit Texas Roadhouse, you're probably not expecting to enjoy a diet-friendly meal. In fact, the casual dining venue is known for providing hearty dishes for hungry eaters. But there are a few choices that can help you to maintain your healthy eating plan.

Analyzing the Texas Roadhouse Menu

Finding nutritional information for the food you'll enjoy at Texas Roadhouse can be a bit of a challenge.

According to the company's website, "Since we make our food from scratch — including the bacon bits, croutons, and dressings — it is next to impossible to provide exact nutritional information because of slight variations that depend upon whomever prepares the food."

The company goes on to explain that they have had problems in the past for providing incorrect nutritional data (including threats of legal action) so they no longer give specific details or provide a gluten-free menu.

But that doesn't mean you should ditch your diet aspirations when you dine at Texas Roadhouse. There are still a few things you can do to keep your healthy eating plan on track when you eat there.

First, you can check calorie counts online. An interactive menu is provided on the website and estimates of calorie counts along with short food descriptions are listed with general serving size information. While you may not get exact calorie counts, you can see which items are more diet-friendly and which are less so.

Next, you can control portions. Full entrees at most restaurants—including this one—are much larger than they need to be. In order to avoid over-indulging at Texas Roadhouse, choose a healthy, hearty item that you enjoy and share it with a friend or two.

Most Popular Texas Roadhouse Food

While everyone in your dinner party will enjoy a different part of the Texas Roadhouse menu, it's likely that a few popular items will tempt almost everyone.

Popular items are likely to include:

  • The Cactus Blossom, a large battered and fried onion that is served with dipping sauce. The onion provides 1450 calories and the sauce provides an additional 240 calories.
  • Tater Skins are popular on every menu. The order at Texas Roadhouse provides 1290 calories and is topped with cheese, bacon and sour cream.
  • Award-winning Fall-Off-The-Bone-Ribs are popular everywhere. The barbecue style, slow-cooked dish comes in two different sized and comes with two sides. The smaller size (half slab) provides 660 calories and the larger size (full slab) provides 1040 calories.

As you can see, these popular items are likley to provide more calories than you need to stay on a healthy eating plan. 

Healthiest Options on the Texas Roadhouse Menu

Your best bet for a healthy meal at Texas Roadhouse is finding a few small items and putting together an a la carte plate. Choose from these healthier menu options to keep your food plan in place. 

  • The Grilled BBQ Chicken is a marinated half breast that is basted in barbecue sauce. It provides 250 calories. 
  • A House Salad includes fresh greens, cheddar cheese, tomato, eggs, and croutons for just 230 calories. (Note: if you add dressing, add another 220-320 calories or dress your salad with lemon for zero additional calories).
  • If you love steak, a six-ounce Choice Sirloin provides only 250 calories as long as you don't load it up with toppings like butter.
  • A cup of Texas Red Chili provides 230 calories and comes topped with cheddar cheese and red onions will satisfy your cravings for southwestern spicy food.

Unhealthiest Options on the Texas Roadhouse Menu

The highest calorie and highest fat choices on the Texas Roadhouse menu will be items that are either battered and fried or very large (or both).  

  • The 16-ounce Prime Rib provides 1610 calories. The steak comes with two side dishes of your choice and those will add additional fat and calories to your meal.
  • The Road Kill is a 10-ounce chop steak smothered in onions, mushrooms and cheese. It will add 1010 calories to your total calorie intake and also comes with two side dishes that will add more calories to your final tab.
  • The BBQ Roasted Chicken With Ribs is a combo platter that comes with two sides. The meat alone provides 1480 calories. Add extra fat and calories for the side dishes you add.
  • And if you think a salad with chicken sounds healthy, think again.  The Chicken Caesar Salad with strips of grilled chicken, croutons and dressing totals 1140 calories.

Lastly, the desserts will send your calorie count over the top. The Big Ol' Brownie is topped with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce. This single dessert provides 1220 calories and plenty of fat and sugar. And even though Granny's Apple Classic includes fruit and sounds like it might be more healthy, it is still loaded with calories. This homestyle pie topped with with vanilla ice cream and honey cinnamon caramel sauce provides 1260 calories.

A Word from Verywell

Everyone should be able to indulge once in a while. If you love to visit restaurants that offer higher calorie food, it's not necessarily smart to avoid them completely. If you do a little bit of research about Texas Roadhouse nutrition before you go, you're likely to keep your eating plan on track. When you don't feel deprived, it's easier to stick to a healthy eating plan for the long-term to not only reach but also maintain your health and wellness goals.

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