Our Story

Tom Perini's love for ranch life began as a young boy, growing up and working on his family's ranch. In 1973 he turned that passion into a career and has since become America's quintessential cowboy gourmet. After perfecting the traditional cowboy cuisine and creating a few recipes of his own, Perini moved from the back of the chuck wagon into his own restaurant on the family's working ranch. Since 1983, Perini Ranch Steakhouse has served as home to the best chuck wagon style food in America. Perini Ranch Steakhouse is proudly located on the Perini Ranch in Buffalo Gap, Texas (population 463).

The Perini Ranch Timeline

  • 1973

    Tom Perini began catering ranch events across Texas

  • 1983

    Perini Ranch Steakhouse opened its doors to the public

  • 1991

    Tom and the chuck wagon made an international journey to Japan to promote US Beef

  • 1995

    The Mesquite Smoked Peppered Beef Tenderloin was selected the mail order gift of the year by The New York Times

  • 1997

    Perini Ranch was featured on the cover of Texas Highways

  • 1998

    Tom served as the Texas Restaurant Association President

  • 1999

    Tom appeared on Good Morning America, live from Austin, TX

  • 2000

    Our cookbook "Texas Cowboy Cooking" was published

  • 2001

    September 11, 2001 was a historic day for our country and for us. We were in Washington, D.C. preparing to cater the Congressional Picnic at the White House.

  • 2002

    Whitehouse PhotoPerini Ranch returned to Washington, D.C. and finally catered the Congressional Picnic at the White House

    Lisa and Tom traveled to Poland and Russia on behalf of the United States Meat Export Federation and the Texas Beef Council to promote US Beef

  • 2005

    The Buffalo Gap Wine & Food Summit was founded by Dr. Richard Becker, Fess Parker, and the Perini’s as a non-profit with the mission to cultivate the appreciation of fine wine and food through education and industry discussion.

  • 2007

    Perini Ranch Guest Quarters began providing lodging on the ranch

    Perini Ranch Steakhouse was named the third best steakhouse in Texas by Texas Monthly

  • 2009


    Won Best Burger on the TODAY Show in NYC

    Saveur ArticleTom was named one of the “24 Reasons Why We Love Texas” in Saveur magazine

  • 2011

    Texas Monthly Front PageTom was featured on the cover of Texas Monthly


    Lisa served as president of Texas Restaurant Association

    Jacques Pépin visited Buffalo Gap as a guest chef at the Buffalo Gap Wine & Food Summit

  • 2013

    Finally, air conditioning!!!

    Texas Monthly Front PageAugust has been an “extraordinary” month, check out Texas Highways magazine for the full story

  • 2014

    Perini Ranch Steakhouse honored as an America's Classic by the James Beard Foundation.
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