Have a big-time brunch at The Big Steer

Have a big-time brunch at The Big Steer

Sunday brunch is back at The Big Steer, but this time is here to stay. The Big Steer has offered breakfast items in the past for special occasions such as Mother’s Day or Easter, but since September, every Sunday can be just as special.

When following GPS directions, a big cow statute to my left made it easy to find my destination. You better love meat if you come here, because it’s the first thing you’ll smell as you enter. This is very much a hometown, western restaurant. The wooden floors and furniture, the country music, plus the paintings of cattle and prairie life evoked a western movie feel.

The waitress greets me with a ‘howdy’ and asks to take my order. Decisions, decisions… at the Sunday brunch you can order anything from the regular menu as well as breakfast items. My eyes went straight to the biscuits and gravy ($5.95) My second choice would have been the creme brulee french toast ($8.95), but I decided to go with my first instinct. My drink of choice for the meal was a classic orange juice.

As I waited, I kept myself entertained by being a silent observer to a birthday party that was next to me. My meal arrived shortly, only about 10 minutes after ordering. I was a bit disappointed that my meal was proportionally more like a side dish, as I was expecting more of an entree size. The biscuits were quite small. I started reconsidering my second option, but when I tasted the dish I somewhat changed my mind. The biscuits were buttery and flaky and the homemade gravy was creamy and flavorful. I devoured the dish in an instant and was still hungry for more. I topped off the dish with a couple of eggs ($1.50).

After my meal, I had the chance to chat with the kitchen manager. He says for my next brunch visit to try the chicken fried steak, which is made with a filet and topped with homemade country gravy. If I’m coming for dinner, he suggested the prime rib, which he believes to be the best dish at The Big Steer. The meat is slow cooked for more than eight hours a day. He says people from out of state come just for the prime rib and many times there isn’t enough for everyone.

The Big Steer

Find it: 1715 Adventureland Dr., Altoona

When to brunch: 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. Sundays

Hours: 5 p.m.- 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 5 p.m.- 9:30 p.m. Friday, 4:30 p.m.- 9:30 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. Sunday

Info: 515-967-6933, or The Big Steer on Facebook.

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Stephanie is a contributor to Juice.

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