The pilgrimage to an isolated steakhouse out in the middle of the backcountry! Four Winds Steakhouse - Wills Point, TX (short impression with pictures)
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Four Winds Steakhouse
21191 FM 47
Wills Point, TX 75169
Last weekend several car clubs got together and coordinated a trip out to Wills Point. One of the organizers collaborated with the steakhouse's owner, who kindly accomodated our large group for lunch. The drive out here is a vacation in itself as they are located close to where I-20 meets FM 47.
This 1100 acre tract was once the home of Cowboys player Lee Roy Jordan. Driving into the steakhouse takes you through a windy, twisting driveway into a parking lot that has a few trees, providing some relief against the Texas heat. Looking out to the horizon, there was rolling grass and roaming cattle as far as the eye could see. As you make your way into the steakhouse, you step onto a lengthy porch with several rocking chairs. You can also also catch a slight glimpse of the 15-acre pond full of bass.
The steakhouse occupied a rustic building, which was formerly a ranch home built with cedar wood. Passing through the hostess station, you get a good view of the wine racks in the bar. The dining room's tall ceilings and wood fixtures looked spectacular. A staircase allows access to the second level. On the second level, a balcony overlooks the vast dining area and there is also a small room housing pieces of art that reflect the owner's enthusiasm for motorsports.
We were provided with a prix-fixe menu. Salad and bread started the meal. Entree choices included 6 oz Filet Mignot, 12 oz Ribeye, or 12 oz NY Strip, and for dessert, we could choose between Chocolate Mousse or Strawberry Cheesecake. Shortly after placing our orders, the owner got everyone's attention to tell us more about the meal we were about to enjoy . These steaks from the Midwest are hand-selected, aged, and grain fed. Their specialty is a 26 oz ribeye with peppercorn sauce, which I definitely plan on trying in the future. The man behind the grill is a former chef from Del Frisco's, Frank Rumore.
My selections were the 12 oz Ribeye cooked medium-rare and chocolate mousse. The bread went extremely fast for two reasons: we were hungry from the drive, and it was wonderful. Biting through the crispy crust leads into a fluffy texture, and I even thought the bread already had butter inside of it. The salads came next and all of the greens tasted like they had just come fresh out of a garden.
And for the main event. The ribeye looked absolutely gorgeous with a remarkable sear and some peppercorns on top. Making my first cut into the thick steak exposed a cool red center. And the steak, well, it was like taking another odyssey. You go through a little bit of char on the first bite of the supple meat which is full of flavor, and then you go into the luscious fat. Absolutely delicious. There were also two side dishes made up of fresh vegetables: green beans and mashed potato. I only found one flaw with the green beans which tasted just a tiny bit too oily. Mashed potatoes were creamy and hearty as this side melted in my mouth, leaving a little grease on the plate after I'd finished it. The chocolate mousse showed up shortly after and it was a generous portion that never seemed to end. Very rich but not oversugared with a smooth texture.
The fine cuts of meat and amazing scenery make Four Winds the definition of a true Texas steakhouse. Taking a trip out to Wills Point is indeed an epic journey and it is certainly an expedition full of reward.
Rest assured, I did that before asking for help. However, I called and they gave me a wonderful option.
The Mill Creek Ranch in Canton (about 12 miles away, they said) offers a package. They will pay $100 towards your meal at Four Winds Steakhouse and provide transportation there and back. Since I am in Austin and would not enjoy being on the road for so long in one day, that sounds like a great option to me!
Hmm you might want to make a weekend out of it and come around Canton trade days.http://www.cantontradedays.com/dates.htm. If you are in to huge flea markets with lots of real and some not so real antiques it worth knocking around for the day. I would suggest doing this when it's a bit cooler though, August is not the time for strolling...
Any not to mention that the infamous Ms. Picky's car won the server's choice and she got her steak for free. Now she did ask for her steak to be cooked with a little butter and salt and no other seasoning but that's another story.. To the restaurants credit they did fix her special order without any issue. This was asking a lot with this big a crowd.
I have been to Four Winds many times since my uncle owns a ranch in the vicinity. The food is always great. It always amazes me to see just how busy they are during the week. There are a great many wealthy Dallasites that have purchased ranches to get away from the city sprawl. Four Winds is basically a top notch Dallas restaurant just built out a ways to cover that clientèle.