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America’s best chain steakhouses
Fox News ^ | August 23, 2013

Posted on 08/23/2013 2:25:11 PM PDT by Sopater

There comes a time in just about everyone’s life when they feel the urge to eat some red meat. Sure, a supermarket steak cooked in a frying pan might suffice, but there’s nothing quite like the experience of going to one of those big chain steakhouses. We’ve come to depend on these places for a good steak and a cold beer, enjoyed in a comfortable and just-boisterous-enough atmosphere, with an overall experience that leaves you full and content. From sea to shining sea, it’s our right to have unrestricted access to chain steakhouses, darn it, and for that reason we set out to find out which are the country’s best.

There are two very different types of chain steakhouses, and for today’s purposes we’re ranking only one of them: the casual chains. While both Outback and Ruth’s Chris specialize in steak, they couldn’t be more different otherwise, so comparing the two is like comparing apples to oranges. Comparing Outback to LongHorn, on the other hand, well that’s something worth exploring.

So when you think "chain steakhouse," what comes to mind? Odds are it’s a rustic, masculine, most likely wooden building, emblazoned with an eye-catching, brightly lit logo. Inside, there’s a bar with some TVs, plenty of comfortable seating, maybe some cattle paraphernalia on the walls (or boomerangs, in the case of Outback), neon beer signs, and a steak-heavy menu, obviously. But there are plenty of subtle differences, and no chain is exactly like any other.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: beef; blackangus; boasteakhouse; bocca; chain; claimjumper; flemings; fogodechao; food; longhorn; mastros; mortons; outback; ponderosa; ruths; ruthschris; sizzler; smithandwollensky; steak; steakhouse; stkrestaurant; stksteakhouse; texasroadhouse; velvetturtle
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1. Longhorn Steakhouse 2. Texas Roadhouse 3. Black Angus Steakhouse 4. Saltgrass Steak House 5. Outback Steakhouse

I'm familiar with numbers 2, 3, and 5. Texas Roadhouse is definitely my favorite for it's quality and value, Black Angus is probably my second, and I don't much care for the Outback Steakhouse...

1 posted on 08/23/2013 2:25:11 PM PDT by Sopater
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To: Sopater

Ruth Chris—for the best. sides. ever. My once-every-couple-of-years treat.


2 posted on 08/23/2013 2:26:55 PM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: Sopater

Without a doubt, Flemings is the best.


3 posted on 08/23/2013 2:27:22 PM PDT by Captain Jack Aubrey (There's not a moment to lose.)
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To: Sopater

Without a doubt, Flemings is the best.


4 posted on 08/23/2013 2:27:23 PM PDT by Captain Jack Aubrey (There's not a moment to lose.)
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To: Sopater
What about Fleming's, Ruth's Chris, Morton's?

When they say "chain" do they mean midrange chain restaurants only?

Where are the 1% supposed to eat. Certainly not Texas Roadhouse! ;-)

5 posted on 08/23/2013 2:28:25 PM PDT by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: Sopater

“Claim Jumper” is pretty darn good for a small chain.

http://www.claimjumper.com/

They serve up some of the best beef ribs *anywhere*.


6 posted on 08/23/2013 2:30:21 PM PDT by MeganC (A gun is like a parachute. If you need one, and don't have one, you'll never need one again.)
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To: who_would_fardels_bear
Where are the 1% supposed to eat. Certainly not Texas Roadhouse! ;-)

:-)

I really like the Texas Roadhouse, but must confess I've never eaten at Ruth Criss, Fleming's, or Morton's... Guess I have more in common with the 99% than I like to think.
7 posted on 08/23/2013 2:31:14 PM PDT by Sopater (Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? - Matthew 20:15a)
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To: Sopater
I've visited Ruth's Chris once.The best fun that a fella can have with his clothes *on*.Outback is good,very good.I'm unfamiliar with the rest.There's a steak house near me...an independent...that's amazing.
8 posted on 08/23/2013 2:32:09 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (If Obama Had A City It Would Look Like Detroit)
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To: Mamzelle

Seattle has a Ruth Chris but we also have The Metropolitan Grill which has sort of a 30’s/40’s motif. And their steaks are to die for.


9 posted on 08/23/2013 2:32:42 PM PDT by SkyDancer (A white woman would be accused of racism if she gave birth to a white baby.)
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To: Sopater

I can live with Longhorn being Number 1, and have had nothing but satisfactory experience with Texas Roadhouse.

I think Outback is overrated. The last two steaks I had there were marginal.

The worst chain steak restaurant has to be Ponderosa.

Fire Mountain might have the best value, just because of the buffet


10 posted on 08/23/2013 2:33:07 PM PDT by be-baw (still seeking)
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To: Sopater

Pinnacle Pete’s in Scottsdale, Arizona. You select the steak you want and then tell them how you want it cooked.


11 posted on 08/23/2013 2:33:10 PM PDT by Newfy
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To: Sopater

Longhorn’s:
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“...the restaurants are energy-efficient, they give back to the community...”
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That’s just not something that even crosses my mind when I want a good steak.


12 posted on 08/23/2013 2:34:39 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy and he is us.)
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To: Sopater

Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse. An experience to savor.


13 posted on 08/23/2013 2:35:45 PM PDT by NautiNurse (Obama sends U.S. Marines to pick up his dog & basketballs. Benghazi? Nope.)
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Diamond Cabaret & Steakhouse in Denver.

It's a titty bar with steaks.

I can't say much for the steaks, but the "cheesecake" is awesome!

14 posted on 08/23/2013 2:36:21 PM PDT by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: Sopater

Longhorn
Outback

There are others?


15 posted on 08/23/2013 2:36:43 PM PDT by Jemian
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To: NautiNurse

Garlic marinated steak is awesome.


16 posted on 08/23/2013 2:36:50 PM PDT by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: Newfy
Pinnacle Pete's.
17 posted on 08/23/2013 2:37:38 PM PDT by Newfy
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To: Sopater

America’s best Steak House is...My House!


18 posted on 08/23/2013 2:42:09 PM PDT by PoloSec ( Believe the Gospel: how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again)
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To: Sopater

The same group that owns Outback owns Bonefish.


19 posted on 08/23/2013 2:42:28 PM PDT by Perdogg (Cruz-Paul 2016)
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To: Sopater

Don’t forget TLC.

Texas Land and Cattle.

And Outback? I’ve never liked their stakes.


20 posted on 08/23/2013 2:42:38 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Newfy

Yeah, but don’t wear a tie....


21 posted on 08/23/2013 2:42:40 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (It wasn't the Rodeo Clown's act, it was the crowd reaction they could't take.)
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To: Sopater

Outback used to be good but has definitely declined in recent years.


22 posted on 08/23/2013 2:42:41 PM PDT by rhinohunter (Freepers aren't booing -- they're shouting "Cruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuz")
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To: Sopater

Of the ones on the list, I’ve only been to Black Angus (well, technically “Stuart Anderson’s Cattle Company”, but I think they are basically the same company). I’ve also been to a place called Ryan’s that is sort of in this “casual chain” niche. It was okay, though the ones in my town are in kinda dive-y areas.

I’m kind of weird about steak anyway. As crazy at it sounds, I’d rather have a really good bone-in pork chop most times than a steak. And when I do order steak, I’d rather have a ribeye than some of the fancier cuts (porterhouse, etc.).


23 posted on 08/23/2013 2:43:43 PM PDT by DemforBush (Bring me the head of Alfredo Garcia!)
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To: be-baw
The worst chain steak restaurant has to be Ponderosa.

What they do to a chop is a crime. Somebody should go to jail. They must have a big machine in the back with a giant needle that injects gristle into the meat.

24 posted on 08/23/2013 2:44:43 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (It wasn't the Rodeo Clown's act, it was the crowd reaction they could't take.)
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To: PoloSec
America’s best Steak House is...My House!

This, FTW.

25 posted on 08/23/2013 2:45:32 PM PDT by Noumenon (What would Michael Collins do?)
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To: be-baw

Longhorn has always been great as far as I am concerned. Never tried Ruths or the others except for out Outback which didn’t impress me anytime I went.

Besides I am the guy who gets hamburgers and chicken at steak places. Steak never excited me very much.


26 posted on 08/23/2013 2:46:27 PM PDT by wally_bert (There are no winners in a game of losers. I'm Tommy Joyce, welcome to the Oriental Lounge.)
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To: be-baw

A Texas Roadhouse was built right across the street from an Outback in our neighborhood. The Outback went out of business while people waited in line for up to an hour to eat at the Roadhouse.

I used to go to the Ponderosa when they had “all you can eat shrimp”.


27 posted on 08/23/2013 2:46:31 PM PDT by Sopater (Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? - Matthew 20:15a)
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To: Cyber Liberty; be-baw

Isn’t that an off-shoot or part of the same chain as Sizzlers/Western Sizzlin?

They’ve gone outta business here locally, but back in the day - I’d eat there. A 12 oz. steak for like $4.99.

Ya got what ya paid for. lolol


28 posted on 08/23/2013 2:47:18 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Newfy
Pinnacle Pete’s in Scottsdale, Arizona. You select the steak you want and then tell them how you want it cooked.

That's the place that cuts off your tie if you show up there wearing one. At least they used to.

29 posted on 08/23/2013 2:47:52 PM PDT by Disambiguator
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To: Sopater

http://www.coltonssteakhouse.com/index.php


30 posted on 08/23/2013 2:48:35 PM PDT by Sybeck1
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To: Newfy

>>Pinnacle Pete’s in Scottsdale, Arizona. You select the steak you want and then tell them how you want it cooked.<<

I am holding out for a restaurant where you select the cow/steer you and they butcher it and get your steak from that.


31 posted on 08/23/2013 2:49:09 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (US Military's anti-Christianity: Moral slavery is slavery nonetheless)
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To: DemforBush
I’d rather have a ribeye than some of the fancier cuts (porterhouse, etc.).

Best cut of meat designed by God. ;-)

That and prime rib roast.
32 posted on 08/23/2013 2:49:23 PM PDT by Sopater (Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? - Matthew 20:15a)
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BJ’s Brewhouse has some excellent steaks. In fact I’m heading there tomorrow for a ribeye and a Jeremiah Red Ale.


33 posted on 08/23/2013 2:49:32 PM PDT by Stonewall Jackson (I aim to misbehave.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

>>A 12 oz. steak for like $4.99.<<

I hear you can get a lobster for a dollar in Vietnam...


34 posted on 08/23/2013 2:49:51 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (US Military's anti-Christianity: Moral slavery is slavery nonetheless)
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To: rhinohunter
you used to be able to go into the Outback and order off the menu a huge ribeye steak for two....it was wonderful....but their quality has gone down....

you can't live on your reputation of blooming onions forever..

35 posted on 08/23/2013 2:49:51 PM PDT by cherry
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To: be-baw
I think Outback is over-rated

Around here, they'll go through periods when they'll work on quality, but then they'll really slip again. Their cooks mess up the steak seasoning, leave the sweet potatoes swimming in something awful, and will occasionally cut quality with getting lousy veggies to steam.

The one that is consistant is Ruby Tuesday.

36 posted on 08/23/2013 2:50:23 PM PDT by grania
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To: Sopater

Should add ‘affordable’ to the steakhouse title category

I’m into teppanyaki, , Kobe steak, if your gonna blow the dough, otherwise wifey likes black Angus, I like bloom in’ onions.

Wish we had longhorn or corral,, heck sonic would be nice.


37 posted on 08/23/2013 2:50:42 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi --)
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Ruth Chris—for the best. sides. ever. My once-every-couple-of-years treat.

I agree with the Ruth's Chris but like every chain, some locations are better than others.

The Ruth's Chris is Beverly Hills is superb, the one here in Vegas SUCKS!

38 posted on 08/23/2013 2:51:20 PM PDT by Las Vegas Ron ("Medicine is the keystone in the arch of socialism" Vladimir Lenin)
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To: NautiNurse

Fogo de Chao is a fantastic culinary experience, but it’s a churrascaria rather than an American steakhouse.

It’s an experience to fast all day for.


39 posted on 08/23/2013 2:51:27 PM PDT by Skepolitic
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To: MeganC

Smack in’ myself in the forehead.. Claimjumpers is a three day meal.,, and desserts, Oh my.


40 posted on 08/23/2013 2:51:32 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi --)
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To: Disambiguator
Still do:


41 posted on 08/23/2013 2:51:55 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (It wasn't the Rodeo Clown's act, it was the crowd reaction they could't take.)
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To: Sopater

Is this a joke? Perhaps from the Onion??

Blank Angus? Outback?? Both are an abomination unto food.


42 posted on 08/23/2013 2:52:46 PM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: freedumb2003

Spend more than a dollar.


43 posted on 08/23/2013 2:53:41 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (It wasn't the Rodeo Clown's act, it was the crowd reaction they could't take.)
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To: Las Vegas Ron

Thanks for the Vegas heads up,, in case I ever hits a big jackpot, I’ll just go to mickey D’s. :-)

Never been to a crisps’.. Bet their Dumpster is watched closely.


44 posted on 08/23/2013 2:54:29 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi --)
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To: Sopater

Rib-eye = Prime Rib. Same thing. And really good.


45 posted on 08/23/2013 2:54:43 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (It wasn't the Rodeo Clown's act, it was the crowd reaction they could't take.)
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To: Perdogg
The same group that owns Outback owns Bonefish.

Bonefish has a better sirloin than Outback.

46 posted on 08/23/2013 2:55:16 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

IIRC from my old days there was a TLC east of Ft Bliss/El Paso.

I recall the meal fondly.


47 posted on 08/23/2013 2:55:35 PM PDT by PeteB570 ( Islam is the sea in which the Terrorist Shark swims. The deeper the sea the larger the shark.)
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To: Cyber Liberty; Newfy

Just a minor note: it’s the Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse.
http://www.pinnaclepeaksteakhouse.com/

I did actually eat there once.


48 posted on 08/23/2013 2:56:57 PM PDT by Disambiguator
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To: who_would_fardels_bear

Where are the 1% supposed to eat. Certainly not Texas Roadhouse! ;-

If you eat at Ruth Chris’s you are truly a 1%. As in you get 1% of a full meal but get to pay 1,000% for it.. Most expensive and worst meal I ever had............


49 posted on 08/23/2013 2:57:04 PM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I go to sign for the American Revolution 2013 and the Crusades 2013?)
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To: Sopater

Logan’s Roadhouse?

I like the one near my home...

Also another in the DFW area...


50 posted on 08/23/2013 2:57:35 PM PDT by txrangerette ("...hold to the truth; speak without fear." - Glenn Beck)
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