One of the things Texas is known for is their beef. People can’t seem to eat enough of it in the lone star state. A new restaurant born in El Paso, West Texas Chophouse, is now occupying the former Famous Dave’s BBQ in the vast parking lot of the Henderson Galleria at Sunset.
The transfiguration from Dave’s to the new steak emporium was quick. Employees told us that the revamp was done in two weeks. Not only is the place now totally transformed but a whole new upscale ambiance has been established.
There is a large wine storage area that is visible as you enter. Also, inviting cuts of beef populate an aging chamber that also catches your eye.
The appetizer list is creative. Hickory-smoked Bacon is house-cured and served with custom-made steak sauce. Roasted Bone Marrow is delivered with corn tortillas. Creamed Spinach Dip includes artichoke hearts in a creamy cheese sauce.
If you are in the mood for soup you might want to order the Chicken Tortilla edition with tomatoes, onions and celery garnished with tortilla strips, cheese, avocado and cilantro. A Mango Salad features dried cranberries, Manchego cheese, caramelized pecans, jicama and salad greens with a balsamic honey dressing.
Of course, steaks are the highlight and all of them are silver premium that are butchered in house, aged and seasoned with custom spices. A baked potato topped with chives, butter and sour cream is included with every cut of meat.
If you have a party of 3 or 4, I recommend the West Texas Feast. A gargantuan platter of goodness includes a 20-ounce Porterhouse, two chicken breasts either grilled or fried, and a choice of two Tilapia fillets or two shrimp skewers. Charro beans, mashed potatoes and corn brulee are included. The brulee is a kind of corn casserole that is well seasoned.
They also have a couple of seafood entrees that are intriguing, like 10-12 ounce lobster tails traditionally served with butter and lemon plus seasonal vegetables. A spicy prawn brochette is enhanced with jalapenos, red onions, bell peppers and tomatoes.
A creative array of sides includes mac and cheese, sauteed mushrooms, onion rings and a baked sweet potato.
If you just want a sandwich, they can accommodate with a Rib Eye edition with 8 ounces of thinly sliced beef on a toasted buttery hoagie. A Mac & Cheese version features a half pound bacon cheeseburger with lettuce, bacon mayo and crispy onion strings.
They have an expansive collection of specialty cocktails like the Tamarindo Margarita that is one of the most popular in El Paso and is featured here. It is a mix of Tamarindo puree, Hornitos tequila and house-made sweet and sour served in a tin mug with a spicy tajin rim.
Happy Hour prices are great with $5 martinis, $4 glasses of wine and $4 craft pints.
According to employees, the Henderson location is just the start of what could be a lot of chophouses coming to the area. They are off to a good start!
West Texas Chophouse, Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. 651 Mall Ring Cir., Henderson. (702) 433-0013. www.westtexaschophouse.com.