Longhorn skull.
Enter through the nasal cavity of the Longhorn skull.

Restaurant Shaped like a Longhorn Skull

Field review by the editors.

Amado, Arizona

This is one desert hallucination that doesn't evaporate as you approach. The giant longhorn skull entrance at the Longhorn Bar & Grill is a real eyecatcher, appearing as the occasional cinematic backdrop.

It was built in the early 1970s by "a fellah from California." according to "Al" at the restaurant. Lots of people around Amado incorrectly take credit "for building the skull." Al didn't want to say any more. "It's a political thing."

Cattle Skull entrance.

In fact, the skull was built by Michael Kautza from Tucson, who also built that city's Brave Black Bull and the giant Tiki head that used to stand at the now-gone Magic Carpet Golf (his colossal Sphinx sadly did not survive). The skull's horns reach 30 feet high. The building behind the skull has hosted many businesses over the years, from a roofing company to a clothing store, each convinced that customers would want to enter through the nose of a giant skull.

The Longhorn Grill is across the street from the Cow Palace Restaurant, a renowned steakhouse and watering hole for meandering Hollywood stars in the 1930s. Framed on the walls are photos of the likes of John Wayne, Douglas Fairbanks, and Mae West, alongside mounted heads of wildlife.

Update: The Longhorn Grill closed in July 2012. The skull remains vacant for now, but we have no doubt that it will entice another occupant.

Restaurant Shaped like a Longhorn Skull

Longhorn Bar & Grill

Address:
28851 S. Nogales Hwy, Amado, AZ
Directions:
Longhorn Bar & Grill. I-19 exit 48. Drive west on Arivaca Rd, then immediately turn right onto S. Nogales Hwy. The big skull will be on the right.
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