Saddle up and head to the Roadrunner

Mar 15, 2005 5:14 AM

As a hangout for the country-western crowd, the Roadrunner Casino has everything but sawdust on the floors.

In addition to the jukebox blaring achy-breaky favorites, the modest casino accents its Wild West motif with wrought-iron and leather artifacts, distressed wood wall-panels, knotty-pine tabletops and booths and hurricane lamp chandeliers.

All in all it’s a fairly pleasant atmosphere, even though most of the customers drive Broncos rather than ride them.

The fun and games at the Roadrunner consist of about 100 well-chosen slot and video gaming machines, most of which are video poker and video keno in a variety of denominations.

Most of the casino floor is dominated by a popular restaurant and bar, tended by friendly cowgirls.

The chuckwagon-style menu unabashedly proclaims the specialty here is "Cowboy Food." In addition to offering all the usual coffee shop favorites, diners can feast on ranch-style dishes with a Southwest accent, such as barbecued baby back ribs, grilled beef tips, a cowboy rib eye steak and tangy Dr. Pepper-marinated steak tacos.

Longtime customers say the homemade Whiskey Chili with Texas cheeses and red onions is an incendiary treat, and the fire-roasted tortilla soup can clear anyone’s nasal passages.

Breakfast lovers will like the steak and eggs and griddle breakfasts, and the late night menu (11 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.) ensures night crawlers will never starve.