You’ll find both when the Dodge City Steakhouse swings its doors wide open Tuesday and gives its customers a little kick of Western-style flavor.
Yadkin Valley’s newest restaurant can be found behind the bull – no bull – the big brown and white bull at 2001 N. Bridge St., Elkin.
It is the newest venture for local restauranteur Walt Jordan, and Dodge City Steakhouse is sure to fill you with steak and song.
Its succulent steaks and hearty fare will be prepared by one of North Carolina’s up and coming chefs, John Royall, who can boast a spell at the world-famous Angus Barn in Raleigh and degree from culinary arts school. Royall also earned his chops whipping up succulent meals for the demanding patrons of a local vineyard.
“John’s been cooking since he was a teenager and we’re proud to have him as our chef,” Jordan said.
The restaurant will feature western, grain-feed beef, hand-cut daily, seasoned and cooked over a hickory smoke grill. The menu will also include St. Louis-style ribs, dry-rubbed with Wild Bob’s Rub, a sizzling-spice mixture made locally by Gordon Jones, a resident of Jonesville.
Other selections on the menu include a choice of 15 appetizers, salads, a “Black Bart” vegetable soup and “Sidewinder Chili” served in tortilla shells, chicken and pasta dishes. Grilled salmon and flounder can be found on the menu as well as a “Little Critter’s” menu and five different desserts.
“For those who prefer just vegetables, we have a lot of different choices,” Jordan said. “We want to offer our customers choices that are varied and flavorful. We also want to give them an affordable meal. Our entrees range from $10.99 - $15.99, with a special dinner for two of Chateaubriand for $19.99, cooked to perfection and hand-cut at their table.”
Each entree will include two side items from a large selection, including what Jordan calls a specialty of the house, fried baked potatoes.
To accentuate the dining experience, Johnson said Dodge City will exclusively feature the wines of Mark Greene’s Elk Creek Vineyard.
And there will be plenty of room to spread out. Dodge City has a dining room that can seat up to 130 hungry folks.
And about that bull.
“We acquired ‘Winston’ the bull from Kenneth and Jo Cheek in Roaring River,” Jordan said. “Winston sat at the famous Staley’s steakhouse in Winston-Salem for 25 years. He’s 50 years old.”
Jordan said they’ve had over 200 people stop, take pictures, and ask about the bull since they placed him up front.
“They love him,” he said. “We feel he’s an asset and he opens up this side of town to more tourists as an attraction.”
The restaurant will feature Scott Austin, a country music singer who’s been singing since 1970. Austin will play country and easy listening music six nights a week.
Jordan is also planning to include a variety of entertainment, which includes having a dinner theatre featuring the Wilkes players; a Tuesday ladies night, where women will receive 10 percent off their entree; a Wednesday Black Jack Ribeye night; a Thursday dress up night where the winner will receive a free meal the following week; and Friday and Saturday dance nights.
“Sunday’s we’ll be open from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. and our special will be Prime Rib,” said Jordan, who is married Renea McCann, the daughter of Bill McCann, longtime barber and resident of Jonesville
Dodge City Steakhouse will be open from 4 - 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 4 to 1 p.m, on Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. on Sunday.
“We also welcome take out orders and are planning a Web site that will give viewers our complete menu soon,” Jordan said. “Customers can call us at 336- 526-2900.
Jordan, retired building contractor, spent 24 years in the Navy. He moved to Elkin in 1996 and opened Jordan’s Country Restaurant on U. S. 67.
“We are a strictly family-oriented steakhouse, and we hope to offer the residents of the area another choice when they’re dining out,” he said.
Jordan is planning to have a grand opening that he will announce at a later date.