Hot!America's 20 Best Steakhouses

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Re:America's 20 Best Steakhouses 2014/02/07 13:00:58 (permalink)
I'd say St. Elmo is a great experience, but far from a great steak. It is probably the best Choice steak in town, although you'll be paying Prime prices for it.
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Re:America's 20 Best Steakhouses 2014/02/14 17:51:24 (permalink)
For those who have been to the steakhouses on the list, are they actually that much better than say a Ruth Chris?
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Re:America's 20 Best Steakhouses 2014/02/14 18:19:39 (permalink)
hanvi - I think the Top 5 or so are a cut above the chain steakhouses, but I thought the steaks at Ruth's Chris are as good or better than some of the lower ranked places on that list.
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Re:America's 20 Best Steakhouses 2014/02/15 19:41:23 (permalink)
hanvi

For those who have been to the steakhouses on the list, are they actually that much better than say a Ruth Chris?

 
No. I've eaten recently at Peter Luger's, and not too much longer ago at Smith & Wollensky (not on the list but considered not far behind PL's). A week after PL's, I had dinner at Ruth's Chris in Newington, CT. The medium rare comparison was RC's strip and the strip side of PL's porterhouse. RC's was superior on all counts: juicier, more tender, tastier. It didn't hurt that RC's was served hotter and bathed in melted butter. I had dreamed of gong to Luger's for years and this was a big disappointment for me. I'd go again at a heartbeat, but ... I'd really like to try Keen's in NYC, but the stars would have to align to make it happen. B'Day 65 is coming up in a few weeks and it will be back to Ruth's Chris. Maybe PL's is just too popular - we went on a Saturday at 3PM and they were full - maybe not that much Prime to go around - and maybe they reserve the better cuts for dinner time.
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Re:America's 20 Best Steakhouses 2014/03/29 12:31:04 (permalink)
When I played in the Milwaukee Symphony in 1971-72 I had my first introduction to Karl Ratzsch's with a 32 ounce (according to the waiter) porterhouse. Then when I joined the Chicago Symphony in 1974 the orchestra had a series of 10 concerts in Milwaukee. There were two buses from the train station; one to the hall the other to Ratzsch's. That concert series ended in 1986 or so, but for those 12 plus years I probably went to Ratzsch's 7 or 8 times a year. I loved it. I used to get the Wiener schnitzel fairly regularly, and occasionally the porterhouse. I see on their menu they don't even offer that any longer. Times have changed.
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