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Stockyard Cafe

100 S. Manhattan St., Amarillo, TX - (806) 374-6024
Posted By Michael Stern on 4/18/2015 6:26:00 AM
Located in the big sale barn at the heart of the vast Amarillo stockyards, where several thousand head of beef cattle are auctioned every week, the Stockyard Cafe is one sure-as-shootin’ cowpunchers’ haven.

Starting at six am, truckers and meat men come to talk business over honest hash-house breakfasts: steak and eggs, breakfast burritos, salsa-garnished huevos rancheros, and stacks of flapjacks. Some mornings, as you walk from your car to the café building, you will be surrounded by mooing cattle and the clear panhandle Texas air will be perfumed by their farmy scent. Once inside the restaurant, though, all you smell is coffee brewing, bacon sizzling, and steaks on the grill.

Dinner is served Friday and Saturday nights, and although our steaks here have ranged from tasty-tender to ornery-tough, it’s always a pleasure to sit in a booth surrounded by old-fashioned westerners (gentlemen will feel underdressed without a Stetson or at least a well-weathered farm cap), if for no other reason than to browse the tabletop advertisements for important local products and vendors: cattle wormers, feed mixers, and custom killers.

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3 - Overall: Excellent - Worth a Detour
Overall: Excellent - Worth a Detour
huevos rancheros
steak 'n' eggs
Chicken Fried Steak
Biscuits and Gravy
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The chicken fried steak isn't on the menu, though the waitress informed it is always available for breakfast.  Note how the thick cream gravy sits below the meat.
"The chicken fried steak isn't on the menu, though the waitress informed it is always available for breakfast. Note how the thick cream gravy sits below the meat."
Cliff Strutz





These are heavier, denser biscuits, which paired well with the excellent gravy.  These automatically came with my meal.
"These are heavier, denser biscuits, which paired well with the excellent gravy. These automatically came with my meal."
Cliff Strutz


In the late-afternoon shadows, a cowboy/trucker inspects a load of tasty-looking hay.
"In the late-afternoon shadows, a cowboy/trucker inspects a load of tasty-looking hay."
Michael Stern


Chicken fried steak before I topped it with their fabulous cream pepper gravy
"Chicken fried steak before I topped it with their fabulous cream pepper gravy"
BSamuelson


The door to Stockman's is just down the hall from the door to the arena where the auction takes place.
"The door to Stockman's is just down the hall from the door to the arena where the auction takes place."
Michael Stern


To Texans in the beef business, this building is the place to be.  The cafe is just inside.
"To Texans in the beef business, this building is the place to be. The cafe is just inside."
Michael Stern


Git yer boots cleaned up right outside the restaurant. They can handle all manner of exotics.
"Git yer boots cleaned up right outside the restaurant. They can handle all manner of exotics."
BSamuelson


The cook was apologetic for breaking one of my over medium eggs and brought over a completely unnecessary replacement.  These are nice people.
"The cook was apologetic for breaking one of my over medium eggs and brought over a completely unnecessary replacement. These are nice people."
Cliff Strutz


The back wall of Stockyard Café.  It doesn't get much more Texas than this scene.
"The back wall of Stockyard Café. It doesn't get much more Texas than this scene."
Cliff Strutz


One of the many cowboy photos on the wall.
"One of the many cowboy photos on the wall."
Cliff Strutz



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