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I just ate at Texas Roadhouse for the first time, and it lived up to the hype

Business Insider Logo By Irene Jiang of Business Insider | Slide 1 of 36: 
  
    Texas
    Roadhouse is 
    America's favorite steakhouse chain, according to a Market
    Force survey from earlier this year.
  
  I visited a Texas Roadhouse location in Teterboro, New
  Jersey, to see how the chain earned its dedicated fanbase. 
  
  I was blown away by almost every aspect of my experience,
  from the friendly and attentive service to the tender and juicy
  steak.
  
  
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  Texas Roadhouse is neither from
  Texas nor a true roadhouse. However, it does have 
  a loyal following of fans who swear by its steaks, which are
  cut on-site by in-house butchers.

  There are even some people out there who 
  eat nothing but Texas Roadhouse. Ron and Diana Watson made
  the news in March because they only eat Texas Roadhouse food -
  according to the Washington Post, they fast during the morning
  and go for the early-bird special between 3 and 5 p.m. Every.
  Single. Day.

  The chain has been performing well financially, too. In April
  Texas Roadhouse reported that comparable sales were up 5.2% at
  company-owned restaurants for the first quarter of the year.

  
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  I tried the signature burgers from 5 major fast-food chains, and
  the winner was obvious.
  

  Influenced by dedicated fans like Diana and Ron and a taste test by
  YouTube stars Rhett & Link, I decided that the
  not-so-Texas, not-quite-a-Roadhouse restaurant was probably worth
  a visit of my own.

  So I packed my bag with nothing but my camera and my lactase
  pills and hopped on a long-distance bus to the heartland of
  America: Teterboro, New Jersey, home of a small airport and a
  Texas Roadhouse:

  • Texas Roadhouse is America's favorite steakhouse chain, according to a Market Force survey from earlier this year.
  • I visited a Texas Roadhouse location in Teterboro, New Jersey, to see how the chain earned its dedicated fanbase.
  • I was blown away by almost every aspect of my experience, from the friendly and attentive service to the tender and juicy steak.

Texas Roadhouse is neither from Texas nor a true roadhouse. However, it does have a loyal following of fans who swear by its steaks, which are cut on-site by in-house butchers.

There are even some people out there who eat nothing but Texas Roadhouse. Ron and Diana Watson made the news in March because they only eat Texas Roadhouse food - according to the Washington Post, they fast during the morning and go for the early-bird special between 3 and 5 p.m. Every. Single. Day.

The chain has been performing well financially, too. In April Texas Roadhouse reported that comparable sales were up 5.2% at company-owned restaurants for the first quarter of the year. 

Influenced by dedicated fans like Diana and Ron and a taste test by YouTube stars Rhett & Link, I decided that the not-so-Texas, not-quite-a-Roadhouse restaurant was probably worth a visit of my own.

So I packed my bag with nothing but my camera and my lactase pills and hopped on a long-distance bus to the heartland of America: Teterboro, New Jersey, home of a small airport and a Texas Roadhouse:

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