In late November last year, the Trail Boss Steak and Grill opened its doors to the community.
Owner Liu, who also owns the local China Bowl, a Bandera favorite for 23 years now, said it took over a year to develop the restaurant, which resides in the old butcher shop next to the 11th Street Bar.
Self-described as bright, elegant, and fresh, the eatery grills up T-bones and tomahawk steaks, as well as traditional ribeyes and sirloins steaks. Both prime and choice cuts of meat are sourced for their selected menu. They also feature a Brazilian chimichurri, seared scallops, gouda mac & cheese, brussel sprouts with balsamic reduction, and cheesecake.
Currently they are serving a Trail Boss Chili Cheese Fries special, which includes hand cut steak fries, gouda cheese, cowboy chili, shredded jack cheese, topped with green onions. Their bar offers a few signature drinks, such as favorites Sweet Tea Margarita and the Trail Boss Cherry Limeade.
“What a treat, the food was delish” and “Nice ambiance, yummy food, and friendly service” were some customer reactions of their Trail Boss experience
Restaurant Manager Luke said they would like to look into sourcing from local ranchers in the future.
“We’ve also talked to the guy that’s the head of the Texas Wagu Association. So, we’d like to maybe offer some Akaushi or Wagu beef,” he said.
Going forward, Luke indicated they may develop later night hours, where they would close the dining area down, keep the bar open and serve finger foods such as fries and nachos.
They do have a late night license but are not utilizing it just yet.
“Once Mardi Gras comes, I’m 99 percent sure we’ll be staying open until at least midnight,” said Luke. “Maybe we can call it Trail Boss After Hours.”
In addition to a dining room and bar, the Trail Boss has a small semi-private party room in the front and an outdoor patio that will eventually have seating and family games to house a general hang-out area.
Luke stressed Trail Boss wants to grow with the community and are always open to suggestions, critique or accolades, as long as they can accommodate the guests.
“We’re always looking to grow. We’re currently looking for management positions.” says Luke.
The Trail Boss Steak and Grill is located at 313 11th St, Bandera, TX. They are open 7 days a week, from 11 a.m. ‘til 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. Saturdays until 10 p.m.