Richard ‘Bull’ Corry, owner of The Bull Pen Steakhouse in Oakman, is hoping you like his a little bit more than most.
Corry learned earlier this month that his restaurant was nominated as part of the ‘Alabama’s Best Steak’ competition sponsored by the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association. The competition, which includes 95 restaurants across the state, began in late June and lasts through the end of August.
“It’s a big honor to be a part of this,” Corry said this weekend. “It means a lot to my family to be considered for this.”
Voting will continue until noon on Aug. 30 when a winner is selected.
“I really want people to vote for us,” Corry said. “To possibly win would be a great honor not only for us but also for the entire county and help the whole area to say we have one of the best steakhouses in the state.”
To vote for The Bull Pen Steakhouse, you can go to the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association website at www.bamabeef.org and click on the ‘Alabama’s Best Steak’ link and follow the directions for placing a vote. You can also go to the association’s Facebook page and click on the link to the contest or you can text BEEF to 20566 to receive a link to vote.
The competition will be broken down into three separate brackets.
On Aug. 16, the ‘Sizzling 16’ bracket will be announced, which will include the top four vote getters from the North, Central, South and Gulf Coast regions of the state.
Once the ‘Sizzling 16’ is announced, voters will have just one week to vote in order to advance their favorite restaurant into the ‘Enticing 8.’
Voting will continue the following week in order to determine the ‘Fiery 4.’
Once the ‘Fiery 4’ is determined, a panel of anonymous judges will visit each restaurant to judge the establishment’s steaks.
Restaurants will not be notified when the judges will visit.
Final voting ends at noon on Friday, Aug. 30, and a winner will be announced some time in October.
The Bull Pen Steakhouse opened 19 years ago as part of the Old York park owned by the Corry family.
“Business is good, even though the economy is terrible,” Corry said. “It’s also about as cheap to go out to eat as it is to cook at home these days.”
Corry credited the success The Bull Pen Steakhouse has enjoyed to his family and to the restaurant’s employees. They make going to work a pleasure, he said.
“I couldn’t do this without my family and friends,” he said.
Corry said cooking a really good steak isn’t work, it’s an art form. “Cooking a steak is a craft,” he said. “I just happen to be pretty good at this craft.”
The Alabama Cattlemen’s Association is based in Montgomery.