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Ranchman's Cafe

₹₹ - ₹₹₹, American, Steakhouse
110 W Bailey St, Ponder, TX 76259-7035
+1 940-479-2221
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  • Excellent29%
  • Very good33%
  • Average18%
  • Poor12%
  • Terrible8%
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“baked potato” (12 reviews)
“pies” (7 reviews)
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Grill, American, Steakhouse
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110 W Bailey St, Ponder, TX 76259-7035
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Reviewed 18 October 2017

This is a Ponder institution. The food is good and widely varied. The service is friendly and the cooks know their business. Do not look for elegant ambiance but do expect a good meal. I eat here several times a week and have never been...More

Thank Samuel S
Reviewed 8 July 2017

They cook steaks, sides, and are famous for a mega potato you have to order in advance (didn't try it). Steak was barbecued, nothing exceptional, but done as requested. Friendly and efficient staff,

Thank amyzengrace
Reviewed 6 May 2017

I ordered the small rib steak as did my wife. We both ordered medium but they came out rare. In addition, this was the worst steak I have ever eaten. Absolutely zero taste. This rib steak was $21. The fried zucchini was good as was...More

Thank stan349
Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

This restaurant experience is one I hope to repeat. The atmosphere is true vintage. I had the small chicken fried steak and it was cooked to perfection. Only get the large if you have a huge appetite. The fries are cut from fresh potatoes. The...More

Thank agertojl
Dave R, Owner at Ranchman's Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 11 April 2017

Thank You, for the great review! We try our best and I can thank my team for keeping up the quality and being proud of their work. Hope to see you back soon to try more of our manu and the desserts. Dave

Reviewed 27 March 2017

Went for dinner this past Saturday and it had been a couple of years since visiting. We shared the 24 oz porterhouse steak that was cooked to perfection. We reserved a baked potato earlier in the day and my wife had french fries (which were...More

Thank chris s
Reviewed 14 March 2017

It is well worth searching out in downtown Ponder. It hasn't changed in 40 years - it was great then, it is great now.

Thank k1k22015
Reviewed 13 March 2017

After reading about this place in several publications, we decided to try it for lunch after finishing up some business in nearby Krum, We both decided to have the chicken fried steak - I had fries my wife had mashed 'taters. The CFS were delicious...More

Thank David E
Reviewed 13 March 2017

Cute place, service was fine. Fried green tomatoes were good. Rolls were cold and ... just strange. Not good. Steaks were terrible. Ordered cooked medium, and they both came out over well done. No seasonings on the steaks at all. They're not grilled, I'm not...More

Thank CSquared3237
Reviewed 14 February 2017

On another uoting thru Texas I had heard of this cafe thas been around a while. Great local flavor in the area. Nice way to stop and have a great meal.Lots of local ambiance refreshing way to escape big chains, Foemerly know as P0nder Steakhouse...More

Thank metooboohoo
Dave R, Owner at Ranchman's Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 16 February 2017

Metooboohoo, Thank you for the great review, glad you enjoyed your visit. One clarification, Ranchman's has always been Ranchman's, the customers gave it the name Ponder Steakhouse and in 1982 a restaurant opened next to the old bank with the name Ponder Steakhouse to steal...More

Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

My friend and I were passing through Ponder on our way to Decatur and this was one of the only options to eat. I'm a vegetarian so I'm not a big fan of steakhouses, but I'm so glad we stopped here. There were plenty of...More

Thank Melissa N
Dave R, Owner at Ranchman's Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 16 February 2017

Melissa, Thank you for the great review. We do get vegetarians and people with food allergies all the time and we accommodate them to the best of our ability. We don't use frozen French fries which are easy to get crispy because they are precooked,...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 5 - US$ 35
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Television, Highchairs Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 110 W Bailey St, Ponder, TX 76259-7035
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Ponder
  • Phone Number: +1 940-479-2221
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A Texas Steakhouse and Diner since 1948, with everything from scratch: Pies, Rolls, Salad Dressings and we cut our own (never Frozen) aged beef steaks from primal cuts and grind our choice beef for the juicy hamburgers. Slow down for a taste of what food used to taste like before the chain stores made it all the same. We are BYOB if you care for an adult beverage, we have wine glasses and bottle openers, coolers are welcome or we can put your beer in a bucket on ice. The setting is informal, but if you come in all dressed up, we'll know you must of had a good reason not to be comfortable. Get the city in your rear view mirror and come to Ponder where you can still see the stars at night.
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