Remarkable Quality and Taste

Remarkable Quality and Taste

TEXAS CATTLE COMPANY

BY MARIALICE QUINN

A mainstay for 40 years, Texas Cattle Company attracts a varied clientele, including an extremely loyal following of regular patrons, steak aficionados, and tourists. They enjoy the restaurant’s remarkable range of USDA grade prime steaks and the freshest seafood available.

Texas Cattle Company’s signature steaks are cooked over a natural wood fire using only two types of wood – a citrus and oak combination. The oak gives Texas Cattle Company’s steaks their smoky flavor and the citrus provides the heat that burns hot enough to sear in the juices and flavor.

These amazing steaks come from Harris Ranch, a cattle farm in California specializing in antibioticand hormone-free cattle. The steaks are aged in the restaurant for four to six weeks and cut in-house every day by the manager. Every steak and fish plated and served is cut by the manager, even the prime pork chops, which are cut with a band saw.

tccLL-food_spreadIn addition to serving award-winning steaks, Texas Cattle Company also serves very highquality seafood. Wild Atlantic salmon and Florida grouper are flown in fresh daily. Shrimp is bought locally; giant sea scallops come from Georges Bank, Connecticut; and Australian lobster or Maine lobster tails are served, depending on which is at the height of the season to offer the best quality lobster available.

General Manager Deidre White, who has been at Lakeland’s Texas Cattle Company for 20 years, ensures you receive personal, attentive service.

Consistency is an important part of providing quality meals; and when a restaurant has been in business for 40 years, with 20-year employees, customers know that they will get the same quality meal every time they visit Texas Cattle Company.

Founded in 1974 by the father and son team of Charley and Ron Woodsby, Talk of the Town Restaurants, Inc. now encompasses 10 restaurants in the Central Florida area. The privately owned, Orlando based company has a long-standing history of success in the restaurant industry.

From 1963 to 1983, Charley Woodsby was a coowner of Gary’s Duck Inn in Orlando. In 1968, Charley, along with William Darden, opened the first Red Lobster in Lakeland; expanding to five in Florida with franchises in Georgia and South Carolina.

In 1970, they sold Red Lobster to General Mills, Inc. Ron worked alongside his father opening franchises for General Mills.

tccLL-dining The Woodsbys opened the Talk of the Town steakhouse in 1973 in Lakeland, later expanding to four locations in Winter Haven, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, and Orlando. In 1984, the names of the restaurants were changed to Texas Cattle Company and the Orlando location was renamed Charley’s, after the family’s patriarch.

Charley Woodsby has semi-retired, while Ron continues his father’s legacy of having the best restaurants in the business.

Community involvement is important to the Woodsbys, and they continue to prove their love of Lakeland through their support of local charities.

Texas Cattle Company is perfect for business dinners, romantic evenings, birthday celebrations and a family-friendly night out. For 40 years, Texas Cattle Company has offered a free steak on your birthday. Between the St. Petersburg and Lakeland locations, more than 1 million birthday steaks have been enjoyed by customers.

Texas Cattle Company is located on Lake Mirror at 735 E. Main St., in Lakeland. Phone 863-686-1434 for reservations or visit  www.TexasCattleCompany.net.