RE: Great Steakhouses
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.