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Hoffbrau has more than steak. But this week, the real deal is the $7.40 sirloin

The smoked-sirloin lunch plate with broccoli: This is $9.75 daily at lunch at Hoffbrau Steak & Grill.
The smoked-sirloin lunch plate with broccoli: This is $9.75 daily at lunch at Hoffbrau Steak & Grill.

A new Hoffbrau Steak & Grill House is planned in Benbrook, and the current Hoffbraus in Fort Worth, Haltom City and Granbury are celebrating.

For the company’s 40th birthday, all Hoffbraus will sell sirloins for $7.40 and chicken-fried steak for $6.40 Monday through Thursday, Oct. 1-4.

That’s not some skimpy portion. That’s a full 7-ounce sirloin or chicken-fried with salad and a side, for about half the usual price.

Beers will be $2, margaritas will be $3 and Hoffbrau’s homemade “Brau” chips will be $1.40. That’s not the 1978 price, but it’s a deal.

Best of all, Hoffbrau will bring back the lemon-butter sauce that used to come with every steak before diners got picky about butter.

“People still ask for it, so it’s back for the week,” said Rainey Fogiel, boss of the Irving-based chain.

Hoffbrau is Tarrant County’s midprice steakhouse. The Fort Worth location is always packed with zoogoers or ranchers and cowboys in town for horse shows.

The newest location will open at 8501 Benbrook Blvd., on Interstate 20 at U.S. 377 in good position for highway travelers.

“Benbrook people have been great to us — we’re known up and down [U.S.] 377,” Fogiel said.

If you hadn’t noticed, Hoffbrau revised its name from “Steaks” to “Steak & Grill House.”

“People think we’re only a steakhouse, and we do a lot more,” she said. “And we’re casual.”

The Fort Worth menu includes baby-back ribs, Dr Pepper barbecued chicken, a jalapeno-glazed pork chop and fried catfish.

The steak menu tops out at $28.75 for an aged, bone-in rib-eye with soup or salad. But the pick might be the pepper-crusted, sliced smoked sirloin ($16.75).

There are salads, above-average chili, candied Shiner Bock-fried bacon and sides like spicy black-eyed peas or a pepper Jack relleno.

The restaurants were redecorated in 2016 to give them a brighter look. The Benbrook location will be much more of a family-friendly grill, Fogiel said.

The Fort Worth location opened in 1982, four years after Hoffbeau began in Dallas as a spinoff from the original Hoffbrau in Austin

When the Fort Worth Hoffbrau opened, it was part of 1849 Village, a shopping center with a movie theater where a hotel stands today. (Trivia answer: The current Hoffbrau space was built in 1969 and was a Maxiburger and a Crown Galleries gift showroom.)

Hoffbrau is open for lunch and dinner daily at 1712 S. University Drive, Fort Worth, 817-870-1952; 4613 Denton Highway, Haltom City, 817-498-1212; or 315 U.S. 377 East, Granbury, 817-776-4982;

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