Texas Traveler: Cliff House in Stamford

Texas Traveler: Cliff House in Stamford
Photo by Robb Walsh

The Cliff House is famous for its chicken-fried steak, but it also serves a pan-fried steak with onions and green peppers, something you don't see just anywhere. The restaurant is located just off the Haskell Highway. The building is weirdly constructed -- it was originally a mid-century modern motel. Wednesday is the night the CFS lovers flock to the Cliff House. That's when the restaurant serves an enormous chicken-fried steak that's bigger than the plate and considered by many to be the best in Texas.

Stamford is most famous for its celebrations of Western Heritage. Every 4th of July weekend, it hosts the annual Cowboy Reunion Rodeo, which was founded in 1930 and is open only to working cowhands. The rodeo is held at the same time as the Texas Old-Timers Reunion, an event for cattle industry pioneers; the Texas Quarter Horse Show; and the John Selmon Memorial Art Show, an exhibition of Western Art.

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