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Re: We Only Eat At Texas Roadhouse
« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2019, 03:21:36 PM »
We somehow dubbed that restaurant “Texas roadhouse massacre”. Never been though so I can’t speak for how much death is actually on the menu, though with “Texas” in the name there probably is a lot.

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Re: We Only Eat At Texas Roadhouse
« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2019, 03:43:33 PM »
This can't be healthy, can it?

Depending on what they eat it might be fine.

I'm amused at the economics of it.

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The Watsons spend about $22 a day on their two meals, including tip. The 10 percent veteranís discount cuts the dining costs, which add up to about $540 a month for the couple.


This is way cheaper than what a lot fo folks spend on food for a couple per month...

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Re: We Only Eat At Texas Roadhouse
« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2019, 03:59:22 PM »
This can't be healthy, can it?

Depending on what they eat it might be fine.

I'm amused at the economics of it.

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The Watsons spend about $22 a day on their two meals, including tip. The 10 percent veteranís discount cuts the dining costs, which add up to about $540 a month for the couple.


This is way cheaper than what a lot fo folks spend on food for a couple per month...

lol that's cheaper than some people on this forum, even!

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Re: We Only Eat At Texas Roadhouse
« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2019, 04:19:41 PM »
This can't be healthy, can it?

Depending on what they eat it might be fine.

I'm amused at the economics of it.

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The Watsons spend about $22 a day on their two meals, including tip. The 10 percent veteranís discount cuts the dining costs, which add up to about $540 a month for the couple.


This is way cheaper than what a lot fo folks spend on food for a couple per month...

Assuming they fast on the seventh day, and eat only one meal per day. I find it more plausible to believe they do consume at least some other food.

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Re: We Only Eat At Texas Roadhouse
« Reply #5 on: March 20, 2019, 04:22:04 PM »
Reads like a weird horror story... The article kept focusing on how weird they are for their consistency, rather than the fact that it doesn't sound like either of them has eaten a single vegetable in years.

Lettuce is not a vegetable?

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Re: We Only Eat At Texas Roadhouse
« Reply #6 on: March 20, 2019, 04:55:31 PM »
This can't be healthy, can it?

Depending on what they eat it might be fine.

I'm amused at the economics of it.

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The Watsons spend about $22 a day on their two meals, including tip. The 10 percent veteranís discount cuts the dining costs, which add up to about $540 a month for the couple.


This is way cheaper than what a lot fo folks spend on food for a couple per month...

Assuming they fast on the seventh day, and eat only one meal per day. I find it more plausible to believe they do consume at least some other food.

"The couple enjoys the Texas Roadhouse so much, in fact, they have trained themselves to eat almost nothing else, day or night, except this meal. Not even morning coffee. Ron Watson will drink water with lemon through the day, while Diana Watson will drink a protein shake for breakfast"

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Re: We Only Eat At Texas Roadhouse
« Reply #7 on: March 21, 2019, 11:00:39 AM »
Honestly, I don't think they're that crazy. There is an active thread on this forum about eating the same meals to increase efficiency. The husband has PTSD and says their routine helps him manage his symptoms, so there is a mental health benefit. And there's this:
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The Watsons spend about $22 a day on their two meals, including tip. The 10 percent veteranís discount cuts the dining costs, which add up to about $540 a month for the couple.
This is way cheaper than what a lot fo folks spend on food for a couple per month...
My DH and I spend more than this on all food and drinks in a month.

I wouldn't want to do this, and I don't think the meals this couple choose are healthy, but it's working for them.

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Re: We Only Eat At Texas Roadhouse
« Reply #8 on: March 21, 2019, 11:11:37 AM »
There's probably a fairly good social dynamic to it too.

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Re: We Only Eat At Texas Roadhouse
« Reply #9 on: March 21, 2019, 11:16:26 AM »
There's probably a fairly good social dynamic to it too.
Yes. I'm quite sure if they didn't show up for a couple days someone from the restaurant would check on them.

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Re: We Only Eat At Texas Roadhouse
« Reply #10 on: March 21, 2019, 04:49:09 PM »
This can't be healthy, can it?

Depending on what they eat it might be fine.

I'm amused at the economics of it.

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The Watsons spend about $22 a day on their two meals, including tip. The 10 percent veteranís discount cuts the dining costs, which add up to about $540 a month for the couple.


This is way cheaper than what a lot fo folks spend on food for a couple per month...

Assuming they fast on the seventh day, and eat only one meal per day. I find it more plausible to believe they do consume at least some other food.

"The couple enjoys the Texas Roadhouse so much, in fact, they have trained themselves to eat almost nothing else, day or night, except this meal. Not even morning coffee. Ron Watson will drink water with lemon through the day, while Diana Watson will drink a protein shake for breakfast"

They eat at a different restaurant on Saturday, so it's probably safe to say that it's another $22 per week.

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Re: We Only Eat At Texas Roadhouse
« Reply #11 on: March 22, 2019, 04:23:34 AM »
I personally love this.  The early bird hours, the consistency, social element, that she works at a salvage antique shop, water with lemon. 

Whatís not to love?  I feel like the author was going out of their way to make them sound a little nutty.  Itís not nutty. 

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Re: We Only Eat At Texas Roadhouse
« Reply #12 on: March 22, 2019, 04:57:06 AM »
As others above have already said, I can't imagine myself doing this but if it works for them - great!

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Re: We Only Eat At Texas Roadhouse
« Reply #13 on: March 22, 2019, 09:25:49 AM »
The funny thing is that eating at Texas Roadhouse can actually be a surprisingly high-value proposition.  At least in my area, you can get a 6oz sirloin steak with two sides for $10.99.  I usually opt for a house salad (surprisingly good.  and big) and fries.  You also get free (er, included at no extra charge) rolls with that super yummy honey butter, plus peanuts while you wait.  That's a good full day's worth of calories, an almost-reasonably-balanced diet, and you don't have to cook or clean up.

Could you do it healthier and cheaper at home?  Sure, but if you're not eating any other meals, you're not paying as big a premium to eat out as you might think.

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Re: We Only Eat At Texas Roadhouse
« Reply #14 on: March 22, 2019, 10:10:10 AM »
Robert Atkins would approve.  But he died, so...

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Re: We Only Eat At Texas Roadhouse
« Reply #15 on: March 22, 2019, 10:46:01 AM »
The meals are big so they probably take home leftovers and eat them when hungry at home. 

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Re: We Only Eat At Texas Roadhouse
« Reply #16 on: March 22, 2019, 11:43:43 AM »
Robert Atkins would approve.  But he died, so...
When he tripped and fell and ended up with a traumatic brain injury.

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Re: We Only Eat At Texas Roadhouse
« Reply #17 on: March 22, 2019, 01:59:51 PM »
I thought it sounded adorable and surprisingly cost-effective. Plus, think of all the time and mental space they save not having cooking be a thing, too. It's not like pots and pans are free.

I mean, I would never live that way, but they seem like nice people and their habit doesn't hurt anyone (maybe it's higher in fat and sodium than ideal, maybe it could potentially cause heart trouble, but there wasn't any evidence of that in the article).

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Re: We Only Eat At Texas Roadhouse
« Reply #18 on: March 22, 2019, 04:00:38 PM »
I thought it sounded adorable and surprisingly cost-effective. Plus, think of all the time and mental space they save not having cooking be a thing, too. It's not like pots and pans are free.

I mean, I would never live that way, but they seem like nice people and their habit doesn't hurt anyone (maybe it's higher in fat and sodium than ideal, maybe it could potentially cause heart trouble, but there wasn't any evidence of that in the article).

From the article: "Once, in 2014, he suffered a heart attack at the Texas Roadhouse while eating his dinner.".

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Re: We Only Eat At Texas Roadhouse
« Reply #19 on: March 22, 2019, 04:10:09 PM »
I thought it sounded adorable and surprisingly cost-effective. Plus, think of all the time and mental space they save not having cooking be a thing, too. It's not like pots and pans are free.

I mean, I would never live that way, but they seem like nice people and their habit doesn't hurt anyone (maybe it's higher in fat and sodium than ideal, maybe it could potentially cause heart trouble, but there wasn't any evidence of that in the article).

From the article: "Once, in 2014, he suffered a heart attack at the Texas Roadhouse while eating his dinner.".

Oh, whoops, I missed that part. But at least he's eating chicken. Also worth noting that he mentions PTSD and finds his routine to be good for his mental health.

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Re: We Only Eat At Texas Roadhouse
« Reply #20 on: March 25, 2019, 03:17:35 PM »
When I visit my family in Minnesota and we're in the mood to eat out, Texas Roadhouse is one of our usual places, especially when I'm trying to eat healthy.

The early bird special is a nice piece of meat, not too big and 2 sides.  There are loads of sides to choose from and there are several vegatable choices.  I usually get a 6 oz steak and 2 veggies or 1 veggie and a salad.  There are also salmon and chicken dinners. 

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Re: We Only Eat At Texas Roadhouse
« Reply #21 on: March 28, 2019, 06:35:58 PM »
There is also a cost of driving to the restaurant 6 days/week instead of just eating at home.

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Re: We Only Eat At Texas Roadhouse
« Reply #22 on: March 29, 2019, 11:24:00 AM »
If thatís their only entertainment no big deal.

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Re: We Only Eat At Texas Roadhouse
« Reply #23 on: April 06, 2019, 05:13:57 PM »
The meals are big so they probably take home leftovers and eat them when hungry at home.
  Probably take home a pocket full of peanuts too!

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« Reply #24 on: April 11, 2019, 02:32:55 PM »
Interesting - they have essentially adopted intermittent fasting while outsourcing their cooking time and energy and eating in a pleasant (for them) environment.

Honestly, if not for the fact that it just seems super boring, I could be on board with that. 

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« Reply #25 on: April 11, 2019, 02:51:28 PM »
I would never last 23 hours between meals.  I would also miss eating (and making) birthday cakes, morning coffee on foggy days, and summer evenings grilling out with my family and a beer in my hand.  I need variety.

On the other hand, they aren't just controlling their food costs, but all of the associated costs.  Just like the true cost of commuting isn't just what you spend on gas, but what you spend on maintenance, on time, on parking and storage, depreciation etc.  This couple never cooks at home, so they could convert their kitchen into some other useful space.  They don't need to own a fridge or a stove.  They never do dishes, so they don't need to own a dishwasher.  They never comparison shop grocery stores, or even go grocery shopping at all.  Most of us spend a significant fraction of our week on food-related matters (hopefully because we're getting better food), and they spend none.  That's an attractive proposition.

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Re: We Only Eat At Texas Roadhouse
« Reply #26 on: April 11, 2019, 05:05:59 PM »
I'm pretty sure the cheapest I have seen the Early Bird Special is $9.99. How are they getting two of those and a beer plus tip for $22?

I think the article mentioned a 10% discount, but they still must be tipping hardly anything.

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Re: We Only Eat At Texas Roadhouse
« Reply #27 on: April 12, 2019, 09:31:34 AM »
I'm pretty sure the cheapest I have seen the Early Bird Special is $9.99. How are they getting two of those and a beer plus tip for $22?

I think the article mentioned a 10% discount, but they still must be tipping hardly anything.

You are correct, $9.99 early bird special.  I would hate to be the waitperson that serves them daily. 

I agree with Sol, as I love foods of all kinds and this would get old really quick.  But it's their life, so...

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Re: We Only Eat At Texas Roadhouse
« Reply #28 on: April 12, 2019, 10:03:25 AM »
I'm pretty sure the cheapest I have seen the Early Bird Special is $9.99. How are they getting two of those and a beer plus tip for $22?

I think the article mentioned a 10% discount, but they still must be tipping hardly anything.

I'm such a nerd I went and looked it up and did the math. The internet says the early bird is $9.49 and Kansas has a 6.5% sales tax.

So 2 X 9.49 = 18.98 - 10% discount (1.89)= 17.09 +6.5% tax (1.11) = 18.20 So they're leaving a $3.80 tip which is a bit over 20% that's pretty good.

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Re: We Only Eat At Texas Roadhouse
« Reply #29 on: April 12, 2019, 10:05:15 AM »
I'm pretty sure the cheapest I have seen the Early Bird Special is $9.99. How are they getting two of those and a beer plus tip for $22?

I think the article mentioned a 10% discount, but they still must be tipping hardly anything.

You are correct, $9.99 early bird special.  I would hate to be the waitperson that serves them daily. 

I agree with Sol, as I love foods of all kinds and this would get old really quick.  But it's their life, so...

https://forms.texasroadhouse.com/NMotion/Menus/Menu%20(1903-3-KW-T2-A).pdf

That says $9.49, so $17.08 after 10% discount for two meals. I have no idea what beer costs in Kansas (or most places really, as it's not my thing) but it's a Texas Roadhouse in Kansas so it can't be much. $3? If so, $9.49 x2 + $3, minus 10% discount, plus 7.5% sales tax makes for $21.27...or a 73 cent tip.

If beer is $2, we're at $20.30 for a $22.33 bill (about $22) with a mere 10% tip.

Yep, not great!

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Re: We Only Eat At Texas Roadhouse
« Reply #30 on: April 12, 2019, 10:06:16 AM »
I'm pretty sure the cheapest I have seen the Early Bird Special is $9.99. How are they getting two of those and a beer plus tip for $22?

I think the article mentioned a 10% discount, but they still must be tipping hardly anything.

I'm such a nerd I went and looked it up and did the math. The internet says the early bird is $9.49 and Kansas has a 6.5% sales tax.

So 2 X 9.49 = 18.98 - 10% discount (1.89)= 17.09 +6.5% tax (1.11) = 18.20 So they're leaving a $3.80 tip which is a bit over 20% that's pretty good.

Haha, hello doppelganger :D

It seems Sedgewick County adds another 1% so tax is slightly higher, but the beer is what tips it over the edge. Perhaps that wasn't included in the article's math.

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Re: We Only Eat At Texas Roadhouse
« Reply #31 on: April 12, 2019, 11:40:31 AM »
I'm pretty sure the cheapest I have seen the Early Bird Special is $9.99. How are they getting two of those and a beer plus tip for $22?

I think the article mentioned a 10% discount, but they still must be tipping hardly anything.

I'm such a nerd I went and looked it up and did the math. The internet says the early bird is $9.49 and Kansas has a 6.5% sales tax.

So 2 X 9.49 = 18.98 - 10% discount (1.89)= 17.09 +6.5% tax (1.11) = 18.20 So they're leaving a $3.80 tip which is a bit over 20% that's pretty good.

Haha, hello doppelganger :D

It seems Sedgewick County adds another 1% so tax is slightly higher, but the beer is what tips it over the edge. Perhaps that wasn't included in the article's math.

Doh! Didn't see the mention of the beer. I bet they probably didn't include it in the cost. Right after it says she orders a beer with her food it says "The Watsons both drink water with lemon." Interesting about the extra sales tax, that would really piss me off if I lived there.

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Re: We Only Eat At Texas Roadhouse
« Reply #32 on: April 12, 2019, 03:07:18 PM »
I know if they get a water and not a beer then the tip is 20%, but there should still be a minimum acceptable tip for a sit down meal for two people. I would think 5 dollars would be an absolute minimum.

And I say this as being someone that hates tipping culture. I usually tip $5 or 15%, whichever is more.

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Re: We Only Eat At Texas Roadhouse
« Reply #33 on: April 12, 2019, 04:20:45 PM »
I know if they get a water and not a beer then the tip is 20%, but there should still be a minimum acceptable tip for a sit down meal for two people. I would think 5 dollars would be an absolute minimum.

And I say this as being someone that hates tipping culture. I usually tip $5 or 15%, whichever is more.

If it's relevant to your perspective at all, keep in mind that the cost of living where you are is double that of Wichita.  Basically $2.50 in Wichita = $5.00 in Orange County.

https://www.bestplaces.net/compare-cities/anaheim_ca/wichita_ks/costofliving

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Re: We Only Eat At Texas Roadhouse
« Reply #34 on: April 12, 2019, 04:55:26 PM »
I know if they get a water and not a beer then the tip is 20%, but there should still be a minimum acceptable tip for a sit down meal for two people. I would think 5 dollars would be an absolute minimum.

And I say this as being someone that hates tipping culture. I usually tip $5 or 15%, whichever is more.

If it's relevant to your perspective at all, keep in mind that the cost of living where you are is double that of Wichita.  Basically $2.50 in Wichita = $5.00 in Orange County.

https://www.bestplaces.net/compare-cities/anaheim_ca/wichita_ks/costofliving

Fair point.

Counterpoint though: in California servers get full minimum wage (often more) plus all their tips. In Wichita I am pretty sure they are getting like $2/hr plus tips.

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Re: We Only Eat At Texas Roadhouse
« Reply #35 on: April 12, 2019, 05:01:47 PM »
I love this thread and this article.  Someone noted that you have to figure in the cost of gas, :)

This couple is fab.

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Re: We Only Eat At Texas Roadhouse
« Reply #36 on: April 13, 2019, 09:36:29 AM »
The best deal I use is Take Out at Golden Corral.
The cost is $4.99 per lb during weekday lunch time.
I fix up a salad that weighs almost a pound and it's under $5.
 It is enough for two salads, so it lasts me two days.
 I do use my own garbanzo beans and dressing, because
the beans are dense and costly. :-)
  The have everything I like in a salad.

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Re: We Only Eat At Texas Roadhouse
« Reply #37 on: April 13, 2019, 10:26:34 AM »
I used to live in Wichita and everything is so cheap.

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« Reply #38 on: April 14, 2019, 01:35:47 AM »
Texas Roadhouse just opened its first restaurant in Shanghai (and perhaps itís the first in all of China), so after reading this thread and happening upon its ad in a local magazine, of course we had to go there for lunch.

OMG...the portions are huge! We couldnít finish the meal, but then we did gorge ourselves on free peanuts and bread. Three meals totaled USD $47. We drank water and tipping is not culturally accepted in China, so no tip. We have enough food for lunch tomorrow as well.

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Re: We Only Eat At Texas Roadhouse
« Reply #39 on: April 14, 2019, 10:31:19 AM »
I doubt that they are going 23 hours between meals. The portions are so big they are probably taking home the leftovers.

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Re: We Only Eat At Texas Roadhouse
« Reply #40 on: April 15, 2019, 10:12:33 AM »
I'm pretty sure the cheapest I have seen the Early Bird Special is $9.99. How are they getting two of those and a beer plus tip for $22?

I think the article mentioned a 10% discount, but they still must be tipping hardly anything.

I'm such a nerd I went and looked it up and did the math. The internet says the early bird is $9.49 and Kansas has a 6.5% sales tax.

So 2 X 9.49 = 18.98 - 10% discount (1.89)= 17.09 +6.5% tax (1.11) = 18.20 So they're leaving a $3.80 tip which is a bit over 20% that's pretty good.

Haha, hello doppelganger :D

It seems Sedgewick County adds another 1% so tax is slightly higher, but the beer is what tips it over the edge. Perhaps that wasn't included in the article's math.

Doh! Didn't see the mention of the beer. I bet they probably didn't include it in the cost. Right after it says she orders a beer with her food it says "The Watsons both drink water with lemon." Interesting about the extra sales tax, that would really piss me off if I lived there.
If beer = Bud/Miller/Coors Light, then same same. Rather drink water over the taste of those 3.
I'll stick to Yuengling brewed 15 minutes down the road. Cheap and good.

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Re: We Only Eat At Texas Roadhouse
« Reply #41 on: April 15, 2019, 10:22:39 AM »
I'm pretty sure the cheapest I have seen the Early Bird Special is $9.99. How are they getting two of those and a beer plus tip for $22?

I think the article mentioned a 10% discount, but they still must be tipping hardly anything.

I'm such a nerd I went and looked it up and did the math. The internet says the early bird is $9.49 and Kansas has a 6.5% sales tax.

So 2 X 9.49 = 18.98 - 10% discount (1.89)= 17.09 +6.5% tax (1.11) = 18.20 So they're leaving a $3.80 tip which is a bit over 20% that's pretty good.

Haha, hello doppelganger :D

It seems Sedgewick County adds another 1% so tax is slightly higher, but the beer is what tips it over the edge. Perhaps that wasn't included in the article's math.

Doh! Didn't see the mention of the beer. I bet they probably didn't include it in the cost. Right after it says she orders a beer with her food it says "The Watsons both drink water with lemon." Interesting about the extra sales tax, that would really piss me off if I lived there.
If beer = Bud/Miller/Coors Light, then same same. Rather drink water over the taste of those 3.
I'll stick to Yuengling brewed 15 minutes down the road. Cheap and good.


15 minutes???
@jinga nation  get off my lawn!!!  :D

I like coppertail too. good stuff.

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Re: We Only Eat At Texas Roadhouse
« Reply #42 on: April 15, 2019, 10:27:24 AM »
I'm pretty sure the cheapest I have seen the Early Bird Special is $9.99. How are they getting two of those and a beer plus tip for $22?

I think the article mentioned a 10% discount, but they still must be tipping hardly anything.

I'm such a nerd I went and looked it up and did the math. The internet says the early bird is $9.49 and Kansas has a 6.5% sales tax.

So 2 X 9.49 = 18.98 - 10% discount (1.89)= 17.09 +6.5% tax (1.11) = 18.20 So they're leaving a $3.80 tip which is a bit over 20% that's pretty good.

Haha, hello doppelganger :D

It seems Sedgewick County adds another 1% so tax is slightly higher, but the beer is what tips it over the edge. Perhaps that wasn't included in the article's math.

Doh! Didn't see the mention of the beer. I bet they probably didn't include it in the cost. Right after it says she orders a beer with her food it says "The Watsons both drink water with lemon." Interesting about the extra sales tax, that would really piss me off if I lived there.
If beer = Bud/Miller/Coors Light, then same same. Rather drink water over the taste of those 3.
I'll stick to Yuengling brewed 15 minutes down the road. Cheap and good.


15 minutes???
@jinga nation  get off my lawn!!!  :D

I like coppertail too. good stuff.
Used to 10 minutes when I studied at USF.
Coppertail is a blast. Sadly their bottled offerings (sold at Publix and ABC) miss the mark. Drink fresh or drink waste.

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Re: We Only Eat At Texas Roadhouse
« Reply #43 on: April 15, 2019, 10:38:56 AM »
Robert Atkins would approve.  But he died, so...
When he tripped and fell and ended up with a traumatic brain injury.

Atkins death was unrelated to his history of heart attack, congestive heart failure and hypertension, or to his personal obesity.  It's probably worth talking about those issues if we're going to discuss the Atkins diet that he both created and followed though.

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Re: We Only Eat At Texas Roadhouse
« Reply #44 on: April 15, 2019, 10:41:29 AM »

Used to 10 minutes when I studied at USF.
Coppertail is a blast. Sadly their bottled offerings (sold at Publix and ABC) miss the mark. Drink fresh or drink waste.

oh yes. draft if at all possible!!