Food trends may come and go. New restaurants and food trucks pop up here and there with exciting, flavorful things on the menu. People are always on the lookout for something novel that will dazzle their palate. But despite our current fascination with all tastes new, one classic is still very much alive due to all the beef lovers out there – the steak house.
And this isn’t really that surprising. We are, after all, talking about steaks. Who doesn’t love a piece of really juicy, tender meat? Obviously, a steak can definitely be cooked on your grill at home. But what are the chances that it’ll be as amazing as the one that they’ll serve at a really good steak house? With superior steak in mind, we found 10 places that could definitely be termed as “shrines of meat” that meat lovers will want to worship in.
This Wolfgang Puck steak house is located in the heart of Beverly Hills. Unlike traditional steak houses, this one is a bit more contemporary, including its menu. You can choose between USDA Prime, American Wagyu Beef, and Japanese Wagyu Beef. Delicious sides are also available such as the creamed spinach with fried organic egg, the Cavatappi Pasta “Mac & Cheese”, and the Broccolini. Prices on the menu normally range from $40-$85. The Daily Meal ranked it as America’s Best Steakhouse in 2013 and 2015. It’s definitely a hot spot for meat lovers in LA.
Fork-tender steak cooked just the way you like it? Classic sides? An extensive wine list? You get all the things you love about eating at an old-fashioned steak house at Pappas Bros. Established in 1976, the steak house is considered one of the best restaurants in Dallas. The price range is a bit high, above $61, but the food and wine make the cost more than worth it. If you’re looking for exquisitely marbled meat that have been aged in-house and cooked to perfection, then you’ll need to make your way to Dallas.
When it comes to old school steak houses, Peter Luger’s tops the list. Open since 1887, this centuries-old restaurant has been recognized as the best NY steak house for at least 28 years. The old charm of this beer-hall style restaurant with its well-worn wooden furniture and bow tie-wearing waiters has been copied by other steak houses far and wide. But nothing beats the original. If you’re nearby, be sure to try the porterhouse for two with sizzling bacon (by the slice) on the side. It’s a singular experience that will stay with you for a lifetime. Take note, this steak house is a cash-only establishment!
Established in 1902, this steak house is considered a landmark in downtown Indianapolis. And with very good reason. This is the place where deals are sealed and celebrations are made. The restaurant is old school fancy (plenty of brass and dark wood), serves big cuts of prime in-house aged meat (complete with all the sides) at a very affordable price ($31-$60). Don’t forget to try the spicy shrimp cocktail! You’ve never tasted anything like it.
Another bastion of excellence in the world of beef. Open since 1885, Keens started out as a pipe club with over 90,000 members including Teddy Roosevelt, JP Morgan, and Babe Ruth. Today, it is a historic steakhouse that has consistently served superior steak and lamb (the world famous saddle of mutton). Heavy wood paneling, a collection of smoking pipes on the ceiling, some hunting scene pictures hanging on the walls, and waiters wearing long white aprons all contribute to creating the old school vibe. Prices may be a bit high but the portions are big enough for sharing.
#6: Mooo, Boston, MA
A very modern steak house that serves both classic and creative dishes to satisfy a range of palates. You can choose from a variety of top shelf steak options, from local, grass-fed beef to Japanese Wagyu (which definitely melts in your mouth). The appetizers and sides are inventive and tasty (the wagyu beef dumplings are a must). Mooo is definitely on the pricey side, with the steaks ranging from $38 to $160, but well worth it.
Since 1956, Bern’s Steakhouse has been recognized as a meat mecca. Each steak is cut and broiled to order which means that they customize your meal based on what you want, not what they think you’d want. The menu (all 16 pages of it) has comprehensive notes on grilling temperature, sauces, and toppings to help you pick your idea of heaven in a steak. And the wine list is nothing to scoff at either. Of course, a trip to Bern’s won’t be complete without stopping by the room upstairs – Harry Waugh’s dessert room. While you definitely visit Bern’s for the meat, the dessert will be the cherry on top of your meal.
Since the early 1900’s, the Cattleman’s Steakhouse is a no-frills restaurant that’s all about the beef (as the name already implies). Locally sourced corn fed beef that is aged in-house (the process is a well-guarded secret) is cooked to perfection – juicy and tender – and served with classic sides (bread, salad, baked potato). A must-try is the lamb fries (which are really testicles) that taste out of this world. The price range is pretty reasonable, $11-$30. Don’t forget to finish off your meal with some homemade cream pie!
Described as a “luxury boutique steakhouse”, Barclay Prime is a slightly modern take on the classic steakhouse. While dark wood paneling is still present, the red leather seats are replaced by green and yellow suede and there are a number of glittering chandeliers. Plus, the music is a bit clubby. Despite the contemporary look, the food is all old school. You get a range of meat options from 40-day dry-aged prime beef to Japanese A5 Wagyu and the Tomahawk Ribeye. Once the steak is done, guests are asked to pick their own steak knife from a collection of knives. Barclay Prime is expensive (around $50 to $70) and will probably put a hole in your wallet. But you’ll never even notice the burn. That’s how good it is.
Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak is definitely a steakhouse with its selection of Angus beef, American and Japanese Wagyu, dry-aged ribeye, and braised short ribs. But it’s also a lot more than just a steakhouse. It also has a selection of chicken and seafood dishes that are must-tries. The free range chicken and lobster come to mind. The wine selection is extensive and so are the available Bourbon and Scotch labels. The portions are huge that you can opt for sharing. Try the Potato Purée and the risotto as your side dishes. You won’t regret it.
Most people love a good steak which is why so many steak houses are still alive today. If you’re ever hankering for a perfectly grilled one, you definitely have to drop by one of the ten places we listed above. And when you do, don’t forget to thank us. Because we just led you to beef nirvana.