On the way back from Yellowstone National Park, we drove through several states towards Salt Lake City, where we were to catch our flight home. We stopped for lunch at Maddox Ranch House in Perry, Utah as my travel companions were intrigued by this restaurant which has been around since 1949. Named “Utah’s Original Steakhouse” this family-style restaurant serves up hearty American cuisine at very affordable prices.
We arrive around 2pm and were seated almost immediately, even though the restaurant was bustling and packed with people, with more filtering in every few minutes.
Our server was super patient with us as we maneuvered through the menu trying to figure out what to eat. The lunch menu was still available and we decided to take advantage of that.
All entrées are served with a salad – garden salad, with your choice of dressing, or seafood salad. I highly suggest the Ranch dressing if you’re choosing the garden salad. I’m not a Ranch fan, but this is unlike any Ranch dressing I’ve ever had. It is rich in flavor, and thicker in consistency than any Ranch dressing I’ve ever come across.
But before you start, a basket of warm rolls arrives with whipped butter, and house-made raspberry butter. Slather some onto the warm rolls and watch it melt into the crevices. They are good… REALLY good, and very hard to resist. Underneath the rolls, you’ll find several corn bread sticks which are perfect in texture, and packed with robust corn flavor.
The restaurant has a reputation for being Utah’s original steakhouse with “the world’s finest beef”. The other thing Maddox is famous for is its unique skinless famous fried chicken. Since there were several at the table ordering beef, I decide to check out the fried chicken. Famous Fried Chicken ($12.95) I.B. Maddox’s original skinless recipe consists of a breast and thigh plus your choice of side. The chicken breast is dry, and frankly, not the best fried chicken. The thigh is slightly better, but I wouldn’t suggest you order this.
Ground Beef Steak ($11.95) is an 8oz USDA choice chuck that’s ground fresh in the restaurant’s meat shop. The beef is topped with sautéed onions and very flavorful. The mashed potatoes are insanely good, especially with the accompanying gravy. Definitely order as a side for a stellar meal. I wish they would serve it with a scoop of rice plus gravy to make it a loco moco.
Fresh Atlantic Salmon ($14.95) is baked and served with lemon and house tartar sauce, plus your choice of side. If you are pescatarian, this salmon will suffice, but if you’re not, then opt for the beef, hands down.
The piece de resistance was the Top Sirloin ($14.95) an 8oz steak cooked to your perfect temperature. It is a solid piece of steak with great meaty flavor and a steal at that price!
If you’re passing through town, stop into Maddox Ranch House and grab a steak! It’s well worth it.
Maddox Ranch House
1900 S Hwy 89
Brigham City, UT 84302