Steak

Steak is on the menu in all sorts of restaurants, but the best place to savor one is a dedicated steak house. Some notable steak houses are ranchland outposts, others expense-account palaces in downtowns across the land. Cities that are or were crucial to the cattle business tend to have grand ones: in Omaha, Chicago, Oklahoma City, Kansas City.

In the best steak houses, luxury reigns but frills are few, and dinner is a ritual with clarity of purpose. There will be other things on the menu, and fine ones at that (some of the choicest lobsters in New York are served in Manhattan’s prime steak houses); but steak is the focus and the reason customers pay a high price for the privilege of easing a sharp knife into hot, pink beef, inhaling intoxicating mineral perfume, and savoring ultimate carnivorous joy.

An exemplary steak house procures prime cuts that ordinary supermarket consumers never see and it cooks them at temperatures home grills do not attain. Plus, it serves all the good and proper companions, which can include (but are not limited to) crystalline martinis and cool seafood cocktails to start, heaps of well-seasoned hash brown potatoes to push through puddles of steak juice, creamed spinach, superb breadstuffs, and a block of cheesecake white as alabaster for dessert.

Compared to New York strips, filets mignon, and chateaubriand, chicken-fried steak is at the other end of the red-meat status scale. From the lower Midwest through Texas and beyond, it is served for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in truck stops and diners. A typically sad one is a gristly tile of beef cased in batter that is sodden with frying oil and smothered with gluey white gravy. But at its best, chicken-fried steak is elegant, wrapped in shattering-crisp crust and gilded with peppery cream gravy, easily sliced with the edge of a fork – cowboy wiener schnitzel.

Some restaurant specialties that go by the name of steak are indeed made of beef, but really don’t fit the knife-and-fork definition of steak: Philly cheese steak, Chicago Italian-grocery breaded steak, steak pie, and steakburgers.

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Torpedo roll holds rolled and breaded steak smothered in marinara sauce.

Breaded Steak

  • Steak
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Chateaubriand

  • Steak
  • 1 Restaurant
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Gravy-smothered chicken fried steak with eggs and hash browns

Chicken Fried Steak

  • Steak
  • 58 Restaurants
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Crisp, country-fried steak with gravy, creamed corn and Mac & cheese

Country Fried Steak

  • Steak
  • 8 Restaurants
  • 0 Recipes
Plate holds filet mignon, mashed potatoes, onion rings ... best beef

Filet Mignon

  • Steak
  • 18 Restaurants
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Plate holds finger steaks and tater tots along with cups of gravy and fry sauce for dipping.

Finger Steaks

  • Steak
  • 2 Restaurants
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Flat iron steak accompanied by a big baked potato

Flat Iron Steak

  • Steak
  • 1 Restaurant
  • 0 Recipes
Pink, griddle-cooked ham steak fills the plate

Ham Steak

  • Steak
  • 8 Restaurants
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Hamburger steak smothered with grilled-soft onions.

Hamburger Steak

  • Steak
  • 4 Restaurants
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Plate of hanger-steak slices in a pool of gravy, topped with herbed butter and accompanied by a bowl of spaghetti squash

Hanger Steak

  • Steak
  • 4 Restaurants
  • 0 Recipes
BBQ-glazed pork steak is accompanied by individual bowls of vegetables.

Pork Steak

  • Steak
  • 3 Restaurants
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Porterhouse steak with French fries

Porterhouse Steak

  • Steak
  • 5 Restaurants
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Rare prime rib with mashed potatoes, onion rings & gravy ... best beef

Prime Rib

  • Steak
  • 15 Restaurants
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Ribeye steak, sweet potato & corn

Ribeye Steak

  • Steak
  • 11 Restaurants
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Sirloin steak with char marks from the grill

Sirloin Steak

  • Steak
  • 8 Restaurants
  • 0 Recipes
Breakfast plate includes sliced steak, scrambled eggs, and toast, atop a spill of mushroom gravy

Steak ‘n’ Eggs

Plate of thin-sliced raw beef adorned with onions, herbs, and a sprinkle of hard cheese

Steak Carpaccio

  • Steak
  • 1 Restaurant
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Steak Frites

  • Steak
  • 7 Restaurants
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Elegantly plated cylinder of steak tartare

Steak Tartare

  • Steak
  • 1 Restaurant
  • 0 Recipes
Porterhouse steak, sliced and ready to eat

Steaks

  • Steak
  • 31 Restaurants
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Best Steak Restaurants

Twede’s Cafe | Twin Peaks’ Damn Fine Cup of Coffee

North Bend, WA

Kumback Cafe | Legendary Oklahoma Town Cafe

Perry, Oklahoma

Griddle | Best Breakfast in Winnemucca Nevada

Winnemucca, NV

Jocko’s Steakhouse | True California BBQ

Nipomo, CA

Brenda’s Country Cafe | Sweet Ozark Eats in Arkansas

Mountain Home, AR

Abel Brown

Augusta, GA

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