America's 20 Best Steakhouses

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Root-Beer Man
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America's 20 Best Steakhouses - Fri, 08/23/13 5:26 PM
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Yeah, it's a slideshow. Just hit the pause and go through at your leisure using the arrows. I was impressed by the list, they even had RF approved joints Lugar's, Cattleman's and Indy's best, St. Elmo's. There are certainly a few on that list I'd love to hit up, including Batalli's place in Vegas. Mmmm....steak.
 
http://www.thedailymeal.c...-steakhouses-slideshow

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Re:America's 20 Best Steakhouses - Fri, 08/23/13 5:55 PM
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It is what it says "20 Best Steakhouses," not "20 Best Steaks" at steakhouses.   I liked Cattleman's and St. Elmo's, but there are way more that 20 steakhouses that serve better (and more expensive) steaks.

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Re:America's 20 Best Steakhouses - Fri, 08/23/13 9:32 PM
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What, no Doe's Eat Place? Phooey on this list!

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Re:America's 20 Best Steakhouses - Fri, 08/23/13 9:52 PM
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CB - We agree
 
Here is the list for those who don't want to sit through the slideshow.
 
20 - Cattleman's Steak House - Fabens, TX   
19 - Mr B's - Milwaukee, WI
18 - Murray's - Minneapolis, MN
17 - Gorat's - Omaha, NE
16 - Carnevino - Las Vegas, NV
15 - Oak Steak House - Charleston, SC
14 - Keen's - New York City
13 - Pappas Bro's Steak House - Dallas & Houston, TX
12 - St Elmo's - Indianapolis, IN 
11 - House of Prime Rib - San Francisco, CA
10 - Barclay Prime - Philadelphia, PA
09 - Jess & Jim's - Kansas City, MO 
08 - Dickie Brennan's Steak House - NOLA 
07 - Gibson's Bar & Steak - Chicago, IL
06 - Killen's Steak House - Pearland, TX
05 - Kevin Rathbun Steak - Atlanta, GA
04 - Cattleman's Steak House - Oklahoma City, OK
03 - Peter Luger - NYC
02 - Bern's - Tampa, FL 
01 - Cut - Beverly Hills, CA
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Re:America's 20 Best Steakhouses - Fri, 08/23/13 9:53 PM
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I've eaten at 2 of the listed restaurants.
 
One was fantastic.
 
The other was very disappointing and swore me off eating at "steakhouses" in the future. I typically get better steaks at non-steakhouse restaurants.

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Re:America's 20 Best Steakhouses - Sat, 08/24/13 12:03 AM
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I've eaten at 7 of them...they were all good....each of them offering a different twist on a great meat.

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Re:America's 20 Best Steakhouses - Sat, 08/24/13 8:37 AM
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# 11 is House of Prime Rib. It's hot!

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Re:America's 20 Best Steakhouses - Sat, 08/24/13 10:16 AM
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Nice list. 
And, I don't smell any "payola".

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Re:America's 20 Best Steakhouses - Sat, 08/24/13 11:00 AM
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Pappas Bro's Steak House (#13) in Dallas is very good. 

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Re:America's 20 Best Steakhouses - Sat, 08/24/13 11:01 AM
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CajunKing


CB - We agree

Here is the list for those who don't want to sit through the slideshow.

20 - Cattleman's Steak House - Fabens, TX   
19 - Mr B's - Milwaukee, WI
18 - Murray's - Minneapolis, MN
17 - Gorat's - Omaha, NE
16 - Carnevino - Las Vegas, NV
15 - Oak Steak House - Charleston, SC
14 - Keen's - New York City
13 - Pappas Bro's Steak House - Dallas & Houston, TX
12 - St Elmo's - Indianapolis, IN 
11 - Hot Prime Rib - San Francisco, CA
10 - Barclay Prime - Philadelphia, PA
09 - Jess & Jim's - Kansas City, MO 
08 - Dickie Brennan's Steak House - NOLA 
07 - Gibson's Bar & Steak - Chicago, IL
06 - Killen's Steak House - Pearland, TX
05 - Kevin Rathbun Steak - Atlanta, GA
04 - Cattleman's Steak House - Oklahoma City, OK
03 - Peter Luger - NYC
02 - Bern's - Tampa, FL 
01 - Cut - Beverly Hills, CA

you didn't provide a key to your smiley faces. How many times you've been? How much you liked them? Let us in on the mystery.

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Re:America's 20 Best Steakhouses - Sat, 08/24/13 3:43 PM
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Any Smiley = Been there
 
= Was good but not great
 
= Really good pushing great
 
The more the smiley the better the experience and steak

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Re:America's 20 Best Steakhouses - Sat, 08/24/13 5:28 PM
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CCinNJ


# 11 is House of Prime Rib. It's hot!

But the owner can't drive (he ran into the back of my car years ago when I lived south of S.F.).


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Re:America's 20 Best Steakhouses - Sat, 08/24/13 9:20 PM
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I would have taken one of those Prime Rib carts for that...and drove it around San Francisco in-style!!!!

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Re:America's 20 Best Steakhouses - Mon, 08/26/13 9:12 AM
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I have been to eight of the listed restaurants, and the only one that I would describe as a clunker was one that others adore - St. Elmo's in Indianapolis. I had such an unpleasurable experience that it isn't even on my radar when I go to town - and I am there at least once a year.

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Re:America's 20 Best Steakhouses - Mon, 08/26/13 9:19 AM
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Disappointed with the Milwaukee choice. Mr. B's is not that good. Very expensive and small portions...there are certainly much better steak houses in the city.

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Re:America's 20 Best Steakhouses - Mon, 08/26/13 5:12 PM
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The only one I've been to is Keen's, but I've been there about a dozen times. Does that count as 12 out of 20?
 
Bart

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Re:America's 20 Best Steakhouses - Fri, 11/1/13 6:00 PM
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Ann,
 
Let me know if there's a better place in Milwaukee you'd recommend. We're only an hour away and I'd love to try it next time I'm in town. Thanks.

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Re:America's 20 Best Steakhouses - Fri, 11/1/13 6:22 PM
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Carnevor....I'll say no more.
http://www.milwaukee.com/carnevor-steak-house/
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Re:America's 20 Best Steakhouses - Fri, 11/1/13 7:47 PM
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5 OClock  Steak House on 27th and State street in Milwaukee-not a great neighbor hood, but a fantastic place. One pound or more steaks, unlimited salad with home mage dressings, a relish tray, and wonderful breadsticks served with honey and butter. Potatoes are separately priced-I urge an order of their steak fries.Best, ever.

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Re:America's 20 Best Steakhouses - Fri, 11/1/13 7:48 PM
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When you think beef, you think Texas.
 
When you think Texas, you think ("what recession?") Dallas.
 
So, one would think that opening a high-end steakhouse here would be a 'no brainer'.
 
  • Smith & Wollensky - closed.
  • Ruth's Chris - closed.
  • BLT - closed.
  • Charlie Palmer's - closed.
  • Morton's West End - closed.
  • Morton's North - closed.
 
"Down here" you can trip over a great steak crossing the street. 
 
We do not need a sommelier to suggest a Bourbon.
 
The "locals" rule "down here".
 
We focus on the bull, not his "B.S.". 
 
I am very content.
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Re:America's 20 Best Steakhouses - Fri, 11/1/13 8:24 PM
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They close because Texans think steaks should come from cattle so lean they come with minus Weight Watchers points and equipped with stringiness.

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Re:America's 20 Best Steakhouses - Fri, 11/1/13 8:59 PM
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I wish this had come out before I went to San Francisco a few months ago. House of Prime Rib would have been worth trying. 
 
I'm just surprised they didn't have Jocko's in Nipomo on the list---they are usually up there. Mmmmm, Jocko's Spencer Steak cooked over red oak......

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Re:America's 20 Best Steakhouses - Sat, 11/2/13 10:06 AM
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Michael Hoffman


They close because Texans think steaks should come from cattle so lean they come with minus Weight Watchers points and equipped with stringiness.

 
 

Michael, you are confusing our beef with our women! 
 
Actually, a bone-in ribeye is the cut on choice "sown here".

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Re:America's 20 Best Steakhouses - Sat, 11/2/13 4:32 PM
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MetroplexJim


Michael Hoffman


They close because Texans think steaks should come from cattle so lean they come with minus Weight Watchers points and equipped with stringiness.


 

Michael, you are confusing our beef with our women! 

Actually, a bone-in ribeye is the cut on choice "sown here".

I once was married to a Texas woman. I don't recall her being equipped with stringiness.


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Re:America's 20 Best Steakhouses - Sat, 11/2/13 5:00 PM
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Michael Hoffman


MetroplexJim


Michael Hoffman


They close because Texans think steaks should come from cattle so lean they come with minus Weight Watchers points and equipped with stringiness.


 

Michael, you are confusing our beef with our women! 

Actually, a bone-in ribeye is the cut on choice "sown here".

I once was married to a Texas woman. I don't recall her being equipped with stringiness.


Oh my!  Too bad RF is only rated PG-13!
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Re:America's 20 Best Steakhouses - Tue, 11/12/13 5:01 PM
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Having eaten at the famed Jess and Jim's steakhouse, I can tell you that it's food is not worth the fame.  The steaks there are highly over-rated.  They are still living off of their reputation from a Playboy restaurant review back in the early 70's.  The only steakhouse I have found in Kansas City that is independent and worth some praise is The Plaza III.

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Re:America's 20 Best Steakhouses - Tue, 11/12/13 11:38 PM
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This a good list...but all across the US there are the hidden gems that will never make the list because of politics and the people who are chasing the winners have never been to the out in the woods places.

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Re:America's 20 Best Steakhouses - Wed, 11/13/13 5:02 PM
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MyTerry speaks with wisdom in his words... There have to be places like Doe's and the Tea Steak House in S.D., or Archie's Waeside in Iowa....
Look at the list of Steak places in our REVIEW section, plenty of 'under the radar' locations that sound great to me.

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Re:America's 20 Best Steakhouses - Fri, 11/15/13 6:41 AM
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Annie
 
  I saw a review of Ward' s" House of Prime" in Milwaukee, Have you ever visited that place?  It looked interesting in the TV review.

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Re:America's 20 Best Steakhouses - Fri, 11/15/13 8:02 AM
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Went to Jess and Jim's last night had a excellent KC Strip they put a thick rub on the steak and it puts like a crust on it.mmmmm good

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Re:America's 20 Best Steakhouses - Fri, 02/7/14 1:00 PM
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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 - Fri, 02/14/14 5:51 PM
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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 - Fri, 02/14/14 6:19 PM
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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 - Sat, 02/15/14 7:41 PM
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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 - Sat, 03/29/14 12:31 PM
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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. The 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.