The parking was easy. The service was orderly. And the 8-ounce New York Strip steak ($13.99) I ordered at Texas Roadhouse was PG (Pretty Good). With it, I chose a baked potato and corn for my two side dishes. There, indeed, was more than plenty – and I took home a box for later.

In these days of coronavirus, eating at home is more in vogue. Calling to have meals and alcoholic beverages delivered has grown. Still, there are many who are again going out for meals.

When I ventured to Texas Roadhouse this week for an early dinner around 6 p.m., I was seated at a small table I chose in the corner of the bar area. From there, I could look out on other booths and tables in the large restaurant. Because of the current limited seating restraints, it did seem half full.

The restaurant is well organized for seating customers with the current coronavirus restraints. Servers are friendly. And, in spite of the hard times, they still gather and sing.

Texas Roadhouse offers salads, steaks, ribs. There are chicken specialties. Country dinners include grilled pork chops. Fried catfish shows up in the listing of Dockside Favorites.

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Along with other area restaurants and meat markets, Texas Roadhouse is offering take-home specials for the Memorial weekend at hand.

“We all live here. We are all working together, and we want to get through this,” was the word from the kitchen.

Even so, staff members at restaurants around Grand Forks – and probably everywhere – seem to be concerned about the future in these troubled times. There are many employees in the community who are without shifts because of the coronavirus invasion. They are worried and wondering what is ahead.

In a news release, the National Restaurant Association reported 5.5 million jobs had been lost in April. More than 6 million people around the nation at that time were without jobs.

Reach Marilyn Hagerty at or by telephone at (701) 772-1055.

Texas Roadhouse

Where: 3200 32nd Ave. S.

Telephone: 746-7427

Hours: 4 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Report card: Service continues in orderly fashion during limitations of coronavirus epidemic. Wide array of choices draw diners of all ages. Salads, steaks, chicken available along with country dinners, including salmon, catfish and shrimp. Prices are reasonable.