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the best steak ive ever had is at vlados in melbourne austrailia. vlados is at the grill and cooks to your order grassfed no hormone meat that melts in your mouth. peter luger,berns, ruth criss and some of the others mentioned are first rate but vlados is in a league of their own
Dale’s in Florence Alabama is one of the best. That location is the only one that I know is still open. It is like taking a trip back in time to a 1950’s steakhouse. The waiters wear serving jackets and really do wait on you hand and foot. One of the best steaks I have ever had.
Nobody mentioned Durante’s Steak House in Phoenix AZ, Hands down the best steak in the west. Subdued lighting, red leather booths. All of the regulars go in through the back door to say "hi" to the chef. Another great Steak House is in Colorado Springs on the corner of Tejon St. and Biju St. I can’t rember the name of the place as I only ate there once. All I can say is "MMMMMMM-MMMMMMMM’.[:)]
We live in the Catkills close to New Windsor but had never found Schlesinger’s. Passed it last night on our way out to somewhere else, and ate there instead of our original destination. It was VERY good, I highly recommend it.
twinwillow, it looks as though I may be spending a few weeks in Dallas this autumn. Can I come over for a steak?? I’ll take you on a Roadfood mini-trip with Bushie!
Man, I surely hope it’s still as good as it used to be before the old man (Bern himself) died. Lived in Tampa prior to moving further south down the FL West Coast. LOVED Bern’s! Mrs QFan and I always went there for special occasions and splurges. We still recommend it to friends, but haven’t heard any recent reports. Anybody been there lately? Was it holding up? [8D][8D]
Bonita Springs, FL
In Dallas, first choice: Capital Grille.
Second choice: My house.
Not in Dallas: Peter Luger!
I usually ask the concierge at the hotel for the best steakhouse in town.. Of course, I always need to let them know that price should not be a concern (I noticed that if I don’t say that, they usually recommend the run of the mill type of place- even though I asked for the BEST). I do that everytime I go into a "new" city.
But yes, if the concierge is not available, and I feel like having a steak, I would not hesitate going to some of the chains (Ruth Chris, III Forks, etc).
We avoid chains but when in a strange city and want a steak (and are lazy) we think the chains may not have the charm but satisfy every time and they should at the prices they charge.
Although some are pretty,Ruth’s Chris in San Diego is overlooking the harbor.
Does anyone agree that if you don’t have time to research the local scene these are respectable subs ?
Here is the Top Ten List someone referred to earlier.
1. Bobby Vans’s Steakhouse (New York)
2. Charleys’ Steakhouse (Orlando)
3. LG’s Prime Steakhouse (Palm Desert)
tie.Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse (New Orleans)–reopening April 1, 2006
4. Plaza III, The Steakhouse (Kansas City)
5. Metropolitian Grill (Seattle)
6. Al Biernat’s (Dallas)
7. Ringside (Portland)
8. McKendrick’s Steakhouse (Atlanta)
9. E.B. Green’s Steakhouse (Buffalo)
10. III Forks (Dallas)
tie Vic and Anthony’s (Houston)
The only real problem I see is that he has 12 steakhouses in a top ten list. I seriously doubt you could go wrong at any of those listed.
My favorite steakhouses:
1. Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse
2. Charley’s Steakhouse
3. Chicago Chop House
4. Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse
5. Morton’s Steakhouse
6. McKendrick’s Steakhouse
Steakhouses I want to try:
1. Bern’s Steakhouse
2. Pete Luger’s
3. Capital Grille
Steakhouses that did not live up to hype
1. Bone’s (Atlanta)
2. Smith and Wollensky (New Orleans)
3. Del Frisco (Orlando)
There is out of the way steak house north of Topeka called the Plantation Steak House. Great food and every table is in a private room. You have to ring a buzzer for the waitress. [}:)]
The Golden Steer in Las Vegas. On Sahara Ave, a half block off the Strip. Wow!
Great thread! I read nearly everything, unfortunately, I can see how the list of best steaks runs the gamut because of regional differences, and everyone’s different idea of what "the best" steakhouse really means to them.
I’m from Los Angeles, so naturally, most of my experiences are there, and New York. I am sorely lacking in the Mid-West and Texas areas, something I hope to rectify one day. But here are what ranks as the best steakhouses in my mind, and the location. Not all of them true "road food", and had at different times of my life. If I can try each one on consecutive days, I would, haha.
1) Delmonico Steakhouse (Las Vegas, NV)
2) Prime Steakhouse (Las Vegas, NV)
3) Jocko’s (Nipomo, CA)
4) Peter Lugar’s (New York, NY)
Just to give you an idea of what else I’ve had, all of them VERY good, but not good enough to make my personal list of THE Best. Hitching Post (Buelleton, CA); Far Western Tavern (Guadalupe, CA); Pacific Dining Car (Los Angeles, CA); Taylor’s Steakhouse (Los Angeles, CA); Circus Circus Steakhouse (Las Vegas, NV); Charlie Palmer Steakhouse (Las Vegas, NV); Donovan’s (La Jolla, CA); Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse (San Francisco, CA); Morton’s (Beverly Hills, CA); Alexander’s Steakhouse (Cupertino, CA); Nick & Stef’s (Los Angeles, CA); The Jar (Los Angeles, CA). There are a ton of other steakhouses, that I would sort of put in the "third tier", ones that I won’t bother mentioning.
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