Maddox Ranch House

Written by on April 10, 2013 in I Eat America, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

( – Perry, Utah


How I heard of this place: On our cross-country adventure, we found ourselves in Brigham City, Utah, where my cousins wanted to treat us to a local favorite.

Type of cuisine: Maddox Ranch House has been called “Utah’s Original Steakhouse” and “One of the most popular eating places in Utah,” and truly has a taste and a style all its own.”

Maddox Ranch House is a family style restaurant that serves generous portions of American-style fine foods at popular prices. We are Utah’s original steakhouse with a reputation for the world’s finest beef. Our steaks are truly satisfying as is our unique skinless famous fried chicken. We feature many other unique, award winning recipes that include turkey steak, shrimp steak, and all-natural bison. We offer an outstanding variety of various meat and potato recipes including roast beef and chicken fried steak. We love children and offer a satisfying kids menu that is sure to please. Reservations are accepted and recommended but we never turn folks away. Our guests are treated like family and no one leaves the Ranch House without the opportunity for complete satisfaction. We personally guarantee the quality of every meal and the dignity of every customer…and we’ll never charge you for anything that is not up to your standards.

Entrees are served with: Ice cold well water, heavenly homemade rolls and cornbread with raspberry butter, fresh steamed vegetables, your choice of baked potato or fries or mashed potatoes, and your choice of soup or salad or seafood cocktail.”

Ambiance: Maddox Ranch House got started the day Irv Maddox opened a seven stool counter on Main street in Brigham City, Utah during World War II. A welder friend fashioned a stove plate for an old coal oil burner, a used refrigerator was secured and Maddox was off and running. He asked Wilma Kotter to become his hostess. She did, and eventually became Mrs. Maddox.

Maddox Dining

A few years later, Irv, Wilma, and Gale Maddox opened a beautiful restaurant called the Double “J” on Harrison Boulevard in Ogden, Utah. Living in Brigham city and commuting daily to work in Ogden, they began to eye a piece of property in Perry, Utah. Because some folks thought the idea of a restaurant out in the “middle of nowhere” was crazy, they constructed a very small log cabin type of building built on skids so that it could be towed away if things didn’t work out. That was August of 1949 and it still sits on its original location.”

Maddox Back Room

Today, the expansive space has seating in many areas of the large establishment, open to parties of all sizes and caters to the hungriest amongst us.

Maddox Front Room

What I ordered: Among our party of seven, we were offered two bowls of fresh baked rolls and cornpones with whipped butter and house-made whipped raspberry butter.

Maddox Bread Basket

Our appetizers were followed by our choice of either a house salad with a house-made dressing of choice,

Maddox Green Salad

or a seafood cocktail.

Maddox Seafood Cocktail

we had one order for the Taste of Maddox ($17.45) including a fried breast of chicken, turkey steak and chicken fried steak.

Taste of Maddox

My husband enjoyed his ultimate go-to: Famous Fried Chicken ($14.95), I.B. Maddox’s original skinless recipe.

Maddox Fried Chicken

Two of us selected the Unique Shrimp Steak ($17.95), “a flavor and texture sensation found only at Maddox!

Maddox Unique Shrimp Steak

At our table there was one order for the Turkey Steak ($14.95), a Maddox original,

Maddox Turkey Steak

and one order of the Chopped Lamb ($15.95), all-natural from the local Selman Ranch in Tremonton, Utah.

Maddox Chopped Lamb

As if we were not full enough, when our server offered dessert, we each sheepishly looked around the table and then pounced on all four of these dolci!

One of The World’s Finest Cream Pies ($4.50) in Raspberry,

Maddox Raspberry Cream Pie

a slice of Ranch House Cheesecake ($5.50) drizzled with caramel sauce,

Maddox Caramel Cheesecake

one Fresh Seasonal Fruit Pie ($4.95) in Strawberry,

Maddox Fresh Strawberry Pie

and one dish of Homemade Pralines & Cream Ice Cream ($2.85).

Maddox Pralines & Cream

What I loved: The warm rolls and raspberry butter – which lasted and tasted fresh days later as our cross-country road trip continued. The fried chicken, boiled and de-skinned, then flash fried with a thin coat of breading won my vote for flavor, but the shrimp steak beat every dish for its unique creativity and interesting-ness. As for dessert, it was pretty unanimous that the house-made ice cream stole the show, however the fresh strawberries and the uber-sweet caramel cheesecake were close seconds.

Why I loved it: A delicious, plentiful meal shard among a loving and laughter-infused gathering of reunited cousins. Priceless.

Cost: Average to high ($14 – $20 per generous dinner entree)

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