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Why Limit “Happy” to Just One Hour?

Try one of our Happy Rita's!

Our Firewater Rita’s are sure to make you Happy!!!


Hoffbrau Steak NEW and Improved Happy Hour(s)!!!!

Texas’ Best Steakhouse just got colder and better!   We’ve launched Hoffbrau Steaks brand new Happy Hour menu-which starts at 3:46 until 7pm (that’s right, 3:46pm)!   In our ever-continuing quest to be the BEST little beer garden in Texas (with a side of margarita!), we’ve started the happiest hour(s) you’ll ever have!  Hoffbrau Steaks "Happiest" Hours!

So, Why 3:46 p.m.?

Well, that’s pretty simple, actually.  Two reasons.  First, it’s always hard (unless you’re our great friendly staff) to remember exactly what’s on special, anyway.  This way, we give you a couple ways to remember all that.  $3 drafts, $4 margaritas’s, and $6 beer buckets.  Pretty simple, right?  It sure inspired us!  Secondarily, we just wanted happy hour to go a little longer.  More is better.  (Especially in Texas!)  One great “catchy” excuse.  

Log Off and “Lime In”

So go ahead, push that little button that says “shut down.”  No one will notice if you leave a little early….!  Better yet, bring the whole office with you; we do crowds just fine.  Starting at 3:46 p.m., Mondays all the way through Friday’s, and continuing until 7 p.m., we are serving $3 ice-cold drafts (try some of Texas’ best on tap!!) – $4 House Margarita’s (mmm….frozen or on the rocks-your choice!) and $6 famous Hoffbrau beer buckets (2 bottles, your choice). 


We’re Even Crafty…

We proudly serve many of Texas’ finest beers (we love Genuine Texas flavor!), as well as ice-cold imports and domestics!  Also, each location is a little different on selection, so you may find a great gem on tap that you’ve never discovered!  Ask around, we add seasonally and always listen to our guest’s “ice-cold counsel!”  We’re one of the best places to try out great craft beers, such as Rahr (brewed just blocks from our Ft.Worth location), Panther Island’s own “Real Good,” another Ft.Worth original, and Rabbit Hole, who teamed with Mike Modano to “craft” this great craft beer, and more!  

“My diet stops at Happy Hour!”

There’s not just cold drinks at Hoffbrau’s Happiest Hours, either.  Kids in tow, not sure if you should go?  Don’t wait, come “steak”….out your spot.  Our appetizers

Bam!  50% off too!!!!  3:46 to 7p.m.; Hoffbrau's Happiest Hours!

Bam! 50% off too!!!! 3:46 to 7p.m.; Hoffbrau’s Happiest Hours!

are ALL half-off from 3:46 p.m. to 7 p.m. as well!  Delicious, crispy brau chips, tangy sweetwater shrimp, and even our newest spicy-addition, candied bacon….they’re all priced just right, at 50%.  Best way to feed that crowd I mentioned earlier.  Whether yours is 4…or 40, we’ve got you covered.  

So, just remember, when you’ve “got 99 problems….beer solves all of ’em!”  We’re pretty sure that this goes for margarita’s, too…

 What’s your favorite Hoffbrau Steaks libation?  What do you use to quench that thirst?  Anything we should add?  We LOVE to hear from all of you!  Tell me all your favorites!  

 It’s Happy…”3 4 6″ time somewhere…

Quench Your Thirsty At Hoffbrau Steaks This Summer With Our New Margarita!

Prickly Pear Margarita; smooth and flavorful, with Ambhar Tequila

Prickly Pear Margarita; smooth and flavorful, with Ambhar Tequila


Prickly Pear Margarita!

In our enduring quest for all things genuine Texas, we realized pretty early that there was no limit to the complexities and flavors our greatest of state’s provides.  Perhaps the Yankees that peek down at us from their snow-covered perches think it’s all just jalapeno’s and chili down here, but we know better.  With a diverse land, spanning a total length of 790 miles (yup, takes a couple of days….!), you better believe that “Genuine Texas” means a whole lot!  When we went on the hunt for new tastes, we made a couple new friends along the way…

Cactus….really?Prickly Pear Cactus

Cactus is a real Texas delicacy.  Not only is prickly pear cactus the official plant symbol of Texas, but its’ fruit is highly prized and absolutely edible.  In fact, you will find it labeled “tuna” in many groceries, and eaten as a vegetable.  Officially a part of the succulent family, it grows well in many of the more arid parts of our gorgeous state.  Both the leaves and the fruit are actually edible; but it’s the fruit we’re using for our delicious new Rita!

How’s That Going to Work?

Actually, in a light, melon and fig way that is pureed.  Short answer.  Part of the allure is the brilliant, almost fuchsia color that it’s fruit yields.  However, it’s the taste that will have you coming back for another.  Delightfully delicate, the flavor is nothing like the prickly outer skin would imply.  

A Margarita’s Best Friend is TequilaIce-Cold and Waiting For YOU at Hoffbrau Steaks!

The only thing to pair with this pear was a Genuine Texas Tequila…so we sought one out.  Our new friends at Ambhar Tequila, were just what we were looking for.  Their smooth and distinctive flavors were the perfect partner for the subtle sweetness we discovered in prickly pears.  Blended together, it only took one sip at the Bunkhouse for us to decide….this was the taste of Hoffbrau summers!

What’s your favorite margarita? A flavor we haven’t tried?  Tell us all about it!  You never know when your suggestion will show up…on your table! 


How Long Has It Been Since You Had a Date Night?

Granbury Steakhouse Food

We’ve got Your Gr8 Steak Dinner for 2, and a Cold Shiner Just Waiting…

Hoffbrau Steaks Has All the Hassle-Free Romance You Need to Put Back the Love!

Sometimes in life, we get so darn busy that 3 months will fly by before we realize that we haven’t looked deep into the eyes of the one we love…and just spent time with them. 

Hoffbrau Steaks celebrates all things love.  In fact, we’re all about love.  We know that traditionally, meal time is about families, and sharing; and never more important than between just…you two.  That’s the real secret between Steaks & Smiles.  We’re not really serving steaks here.  We’re serving memories that taste good. 

Having a great; and even more important, easy destination spot makes doing all that even easier, and more special. With incredible specials, such as our Texas Two-Step (2 incredible grilled

Dinner for 2 doesn't get better than a Texas 2 Step!

Dinner for 2 doesn’t get better than a Texas 2 Step!

Sirloins topping a bed of sizzling onions with all the sides and fixin’s for a complete dinner for two!) at only $25.00, and our Wine-Down Wednesday’s (Bottles are HALF-PRICE!!!! ), we can become a weekly stop without denting your pocketbook.  Special occasions are no problem either, with a 16 ounce Cowboy cut Ribeye (perfectly marbled!), and one of our filet’s for her.  Perfect with that bottle of Hob Nob Pinot Noir or a WIlliam Hill Central Coast Cab. 

I’d love to make it all easier…Hoffbrau Tips from Andrea

  • Join Hoffbrau Steak’s e-club before you go.  We will send you an appetizer or dessert gift to use on your visit. 
  • Join for multiple locations!  Haltom City might be home; but we’re never going to sell your e-mail, and EACH location has their own specials!!!
  • Try to go Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. (play hooky from work a little early, meet up…like the old days!) 


Setting aside a night, as a couple, is an important commitment to each other about your growth and caring for one another.  All kidding aside, whether you eat with us, or just picnic under the stars, remember to celebrate the BIG reasons in life.  One another. 

Who’s your special sweetie?  Tell us what makes your date nights…We love hearing from the one’s we love! 


Nobody Loves Potato Chips More Than Hoffbrau Steaks!

Brau Cjhips and MargaritasHappy National Hoff”Brau” Chip Day!! 

(OK, we might be taking this one over a little too much)  Technically, it’s National Potato Chip Day, each and every March 14th.  But what better day to celebrate that craveable, still slightly hot appetizer you just can’t visit us without?  (The proof’s in the pudding…we sold orders last year alone!)  Nothing’s better riding side-saddle to our big burgers, and they make the best to-go’s you’ll ever have.

National Potato Chip Day celebrates the ever popular potato chip. Potato Chips are America’s #1 (might come in second only to jalapeno’s in Texas!) snack food. We’d argue that nothing goes better with Ranch.  Mmmm….

Make your own Brau chips! It’s actually pretty easy to do. provided you aren’t making 50 to 100 pounds at a time…like we do! 


The lowdown on these thin cut cuties?

  • Regular (or plain) potato chips are by far the most popular.

  • Other popular flavors are barbecue, sour cream & onion, oil & vinegar, and ranch.

  • In America alone 1.2 billion pounds of potato chips are savored every year.

  • Potato chips expanded and begun to be sold in bags in the early 20th century.

  • The flavored chips weren’t first manufactured until the 1930’s. Don’t you wish you had THAT idea?

  • Potato Chips originated in 1853 and were discovered by accident. They were invented in Saratoga Springs by an Irish chef named George Crum. The story goes that Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt was vacationing in New York and was dining in a restaurant. He had ordered fried potatoes but he was not satisfied with them and kept on sending them back to kitchen complaining that they were too thick. George Crum, the chef in the restaurant, got irritated and he decided to cut the potatoes in thin slices, fry them in oil, salt them and send them to the customer. He never knew that it would be liked instantly and become a huge favorite. The restaurant became well known for potato chips.

Hoffbrau Steak’s Own Brau Chips…HomestyleBrau Chips


  • 3 to 4 washed whole potatoes, regular type
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper, ground, both white and black
  • Garlic seasoning (if you can only find garlic salt, eliminate using extra salt).  However, separate garlic and salt will capture a more authentic flavor. 

Preparation  Directions:

  • Peel potatoes, or leave unpeeled as desired.  (We don’t peel ours!!!) 

  • Slice potatoes very thin.  Use a mandolin for this step.  They’re cheap and easy to find.  You’ll have 4 taters cut in as many minutes! 

  • Put sliced potatoes into ice cold water, and set into the refrigerator for 30-60 minutes.   This is key.  You can even refrigerate overnight, as needed.  This removes the starch from potatoes which will affect texture (key to taste!) 

  • Drain potatoes and dry very thoroughly with paper towels. Any water can cause dangerous splattering of hot oil.

  • Heat oil to 375 degrees in a fryer.

  • Place a layer of potato chips into the fryer.

  • Fry chips to a light brown.  Take them out before you think they’re ready!  They burn fast!  I estimate in a small Fry Daddy you should fry less than one and a half minutes.  Stir them as they cook, if possible, with a set of tongs. 

  • Drain basket and pour chips onto paper towels.

  • Mix your seasonings together and place in a shaker.  This will be an excellent compliment to almost anything, so save it.  No shaker?  Use a plastic baggie and season with your hands.  Use equal quantities of each! 
  • Season lightly to taste, tossing as you season!

Tip: Only put a few chips into the fryer at a time to avoid them sticking together.

Even Better Tip:  Drop by Hoffbrau and order anything.  Ask for extra, extra Ranch to go.  (So you have a dip, silly!)  Somethings just can’t be replicated….

Celebrating National Potato Chip Day is easy…. eat potato chips during meals and snacks.  How do you take your Brau Chips?

Hoffbrau Steaks Is Proud of Our Military Service Personnel

Military Pride is the Texas Way

Veterans Special at HoffbrauPerhaps in the lower 49, they wait for specially marked holidays,  but Genuine Texas to Hoffbrau means  remembering those who gave to our nation with patriotism, and love.  As a  family-owned restaurant, Hoffbrau Steaks values tradition and service above all.

We also know that there is no greater act of love than that of service to another.

Our Gratitude for Service

In the spirit of gratitude, and family love, we continue our own tradition, on the 11th of every month, of honoring all veterans with 50% off their favorite dish.  After several years of instituting this tradition, each and every month, it has become a favorite for staff and guests alike. 

5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

“Have dined here about 15 times now and the food and service is always great. Hoffbrau also discounts meals monthly for veterans and has great specials when you join their email program. One of my favorite restaurants in Granbury.”

~One Of Our Favorite Regulars, Jim

Bone-in Ribeye

Texas favorite…Bone-in ribeye Texas “Cowboy Cut” is the perfect cut for our HEROES.

The opportunities we’ve had to meet and thank our veterans of past service, or current service personnel have been incredible!  In 2014 alone, we served over 1600 meals at 50% off.  THAT’S one number we’re extra proud of!!

From our great restaurants in Amarillo, to Ft.Worth, we’ve had the most amazing time taking care of those who so lovingly cared for us.  Any military personnel will receive this discount, and it is off any entree, from our least expensive burger, to our greatest Cowboy Cut! All you need to do is show a military ID, even expired, or tell us about your service. 

There are no time restrictions, other than our business hours.  We got the “all day,” “every month” idea from you incredible vets.  Isn’t that how you served?

Please pass this on!  Forward this link to all your family and friends who can benefit!  The more, the merrier!  Let’s double that 1600 meals this year!!

Who is your hero?  Who will you honor this Memorial Day?

Ft.Worth Stock Show and Rodeo and Hoffbrau Steaks

…and Hoffbrau Steaks Is Always a Winner! 

Ft. Worth horse visting Hoffbrau SteaksShowing now and through February 7th, is the 119th showing of the annual Ft.Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, an event we Hoffbrau-ians wait all year to celebrate!  The first jingle of spurs and towering crowns of tall Texas ten-gallons are some of the most welcome sights and sounds entering our cobblestone foyer. 

Even if you didn’t get tickets this year, locals know that some of the best people watching outside of the Will Rogers Coliseum is just down the street at our historic

Bone-in Cowboy Ribeye

Bone in Cowboy Ribeye

(and equally legendary!) University location.  With our great value, home-made menu items, and choice steaks, we’re the best choice in Ft.Worth for great steaks, especially for out of town guests who largely reside for these three weeks in area hotels. 

On top of all that, Hoffbrau Steaks is located just down the street, less than 2 miles from the Will Rogers Center.  

Every year, the show (officially titled the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show) brings in more than 900,000 viewers.  Every rodeo and livestock category is represented, and it’s truly an exceptional event; much more than you could ever imagine. 

All about the FWSSR

The grounds encompass 45 acres, with accompanying sound and light shows that will rival any rock show you’ve ever seen.  Handicap accessible, and open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., each day of the 3 weeks, the grounds themselves are worth the entrance fee.  You’ll find a carnival midway, guests from international venues, and speaking of rock shows, in years past the 2,856 seat auditorium has hosted a wide variety of talent including Jack Benny, Benny Goodman, Glen Miller, The Vienna Boys Choir, and the Rolling Stones! 

All about Ft.Worth’s Greatest Steak House….Hoffbrau!  (Show Specials!)

With all day and night events, visitors, vendors, and showmen and women alike flock down the street to Hoffbrau Steaks over these three weeks to enjoy some of our best lunches and dinners.  We feature a daily lunch special menu, with a featured $6.50 item you should ask your server about-otherwise you might not be in the know!  Here’s a few of my favorites…

$6.50 Hoffbrau Lunch Specials


Tuesday-Chicken Fried Steak, with a huge Texas-sized portion!

Thursday-Chopped Steak, with creamy mashed potatoes.  Mmm.  Delicious.  Get it with onions!

Friday-Catfish is a must try.  Also featuring our Spicy Pan-Seared Tilapia

…and these are just a sampling! Visit one of our homestyle steakhouses for a complete lunch menu!

Hoffbrau’s Happy Hour!

Nothing says Texas like an ice-cold beer, and we have some of the gr8test happy hour specials too!  With a huge selection of Texas drafts (We LOVE Texas!!!!), bottles, and fantastic wines to accompany that Cowboy cut



$2 Lonestar Ice Cold Drafts

$3 Shiner Bock Ice Cold Drafts…mmmm!

$2 well drinks

$4 Best Margarita in Texas!!!

$4 House Wines

AND….1/2 off all of Hoffbrau Steaks amazing appetizers! 

Oh my.  I can almost taste those pickles.  Or, maybe the jalapenos?

So what are your favorite stock show traditions?  What’s your favorite event to see?  Tell me all about it and send pictures!  We love to see your smiles!


Make the Perfect Prime Rib for the Holidays

Hoffbrau Prime Rib

The Secret to Perfect Holiday Roast Beef, or “At Home Prime Rib!”

As with all steaks you eat, the first secret is going to be what you buy.  Technically, prime rib is roast beef, but also a very specific cut of beef that generally refers to a rib roast; also known as a standing rib roast. Additionally,  it’s a rib roast using USDA Prime meat, which is the highest grade you can buy. 

Buying Your Beef!

If there’s anything Hoffbrau’s an expert on (other than smiles!), it’s this!  When you go shopping for your cut, decide how much you want to spend.  At a low cost big box center you can expect to pay prices starting at $9.99/lb for the Choice Seasoned Prime Rib (bone-in) and $16.99 for Prime Seasoned Prime Rib (bone-in).  Plan on about 3/4 pound, or about 12 ounces per person, unless you add in another entree.  (Great way to add a little value!)  If these cuts are still a little out of your price range, try a nice roast cut, which you should find for a reduced price if you buy the whole roast, and probably priced at $5.00/pound.  Try sirloin or top rump. 

More Truly Texas At-Home “Prime Rib” Hoffbrau Tips!

  • Start by crusting your roast in kosher salt.  Use liberally, and we love to combine with cracked peppers as well.  One secret to any well-cooked Hoffbrau Steak?  Fresh cracked white and brown peppercorns.  Use any grinder at home, on a coarse setting, if you have it!
  • Let your roast come to room temperature before you cook it; about 1 hour.  This is crucial.  Your roast will be infinitely more tender and flavorful when cooked from a slightly warmer temperature. 
  • Dust your roast lightly in flour and sear in oil in a pan large enough to accommodate.  About 3 minutes on each side will produce a delicious and flavorful brown crust that will delight!
  • Temperature is key.  We rarely go more than 225 degrees when slow roasting our famous Smoked Sirloin. “Slow and low” is a great mantra when it comes to your oven-cooked roasts.
  • Last, let it sit!  Don’t slice into this perfect masterpiece until it has relaxed for about 10 to 20 minutes out of the oven.  This final touch will ensure flavorful juiciness!

More At Home Steak…Cheats!

Need an easier out?  We can do it for you…at home.  Our delicious Smoked Sirloin provides all the flavor, with a hickory smoked twist of a delicious prime rib at a fraction of the cost.  We can pack it up and send it home and you can take all the credit.  Any of your friendly neighborhood Hoffbrau folks can help you work out how many pounds, and send you packing.  You can even add delicious home-cooked sides, like our macaroni and cheese, that will please the whole crowd at a great price! 

Even easier?  A trip to one of our great restaurants!  Call ahead, we’ll set you up, and make you look oh, so good!  Join our e-club for a free gift before you go, and even buy some gift cards (it’s bonus time!)  We’d love to serve you!



What are your holiday favorite recipes?