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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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To: Jane Long

That’s it :)


151 posted on 08/23/2013 7:48:35 PM PDT by 1066AD
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152 posted on 08/23/2013 7:53:14 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Cyber Liberty
"...They must have a big machine in the back with a giant needle that injects gristle into the meat..."

Hahahahahahaha...that was great, I spit my drink when I read that!

153 posted on 08/23/2013 8:04:21 PM PDT by rlmorel (Silence: The New Hate Speech)
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To: Sopater

Of that group of steakhouses, I really liked Texas Land & Cattle; I’m not all that big on smoked meats, but the pepper crusted smoked tenderloin was absolutely outstanding. Unhappily, they don’t have a location near where I live and they closed their location near my in-laws’ home.

As far as the high end national chain steakhouses are concerned, Ruth Chris’ has the best food for the money, and is very consistent from restaurant to restaurant. Smith & Wollensky and Mortons are way overpriced.


154 posted on 08/23/2013 8:10:48 PM PDT by nd76
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To: chae

Bom apetite!


155 posted on 08/23/2013 8:39:28 PM PDT by Skepolitic
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To: Las Vegas Ron

Ok I’m outed. I’m related to Walter Ganzi the owner. Ha unfortunately I have no financial interest. That said I know about The Palm. In LA, NyCity, Vegas , Washington its the place to go for excellent service, best food and the place to be seen by Hollywood honchos..etc. It’s the best steak house in the country. Also the most expensive. They blew it in Chicago. They had a great place the lease ran out and they moved to the Swiss Hotel. No locals. Gibson’s is the place here. Not quite as good but still amazing. $300.00 to sit down and crowded from 12:00am to 12:00 PM.


156 posted on 08/23/2013 9:27:37 PM PDT by Blackirish (Forward Comrades!!!!!!!!!)
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To: NormsRevenge

There is a Sonic in Gilroy. Where do you go to teppanyaki?


157 posted on 08/23/2013 10:50:57 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Mamzelle

I found Ruth’s Chris to be a bit over-rated. Many restaurants offer good sides and being a bit more decorative is nice, but doesn’t add to the taste. Very expensive and I hated the heated plate - I ordered my steak rare and it hit the table that way, but was more than medium rare before the plate stopped cooking it past where I wanted it. That said, we occasionally “treat” ourselves to a high-end and expensive restaurant because I love my wife and she likes to be “pampered” once in a while. She enjoyed Ruth’s Chris for the “ambiance”.


158 posted on 08/24/2013 5:18:30 AM PDT by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: trebb

My experience was more delicious than ambiance. Maybe it helps that I prefer medium rare to rare. And the creamed spinach and AU gratin potatoes were so rich and yummy that I’ve been trying ti imitate them ever since. Only been twice in the last ten years. Not something often for the calories and money!


159 posted on 08/24/2013 6:04:43 AM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: who_would_fardels_bear
What about Fleming's, Ruth's Chris, Morton's?

Big fan of Morton's.

160 posted on 08/24/2013 6:09:10 AM PDT by Sirius Lee (All that is required for evil to advance is for government to do "something")
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To: nickcarraway

Thanks, I think Tracy has one too... Milpitas would be a great spot.. near the great mall.. now that bart is finally digging in.. I still would hope we get a wendy’s closer too.. mckee isn’t that far but.. fuel is money..


161 posted on 08/24/2013 8:35:53 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi --)
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To: martin_fierro

a little steep compared to the old days, but considering a porterhouse is 7o plus.. lol, I can imagine the fixings it comes with, does alexander’s serve kobe too..?

I usually genji locally.. occasionally benihana.. best i ever had was in okinawa. sigh.


162 posted on 08/24/2013 8:40:05 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi --)
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To: nickcarraway

locally House of Genji has been the old standby for years,, good old industrial strength food year after year, price creep hasn’t been too bad.

When in Hawaii , we always hit the kobe steakHOuse in waikiki and on Maui too. I skip the umbrella drinks these days. darn.


163 posted on 08/24/2013 8:44:26 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi --)
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To: Mamzelle
and AU gratin potatoes were so rich and yummy that I’ve been trying ti imitate them ever since

Ow wow, I forgot all about the Au Gratin taters!!

Used to love those with Asparagus and hollandaise sauce....yummy!

I don't know if this holds true for Ruth's Chris recipes but I've found recipes on Google for things like Benihana steak sauce, salad dressing that are right on the money.

Might be worth a look.

164 posted on 08/24/2013 10:29:43 AM PDT by Las Vegas Ron ("Medicine is the keystone in the arch of socialism" Vladimir Lenin)
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To: Sopater

This turned into a really fun thread, thanks for posting it!


165 posted on 08/24/2013 10:33:06 AM PDT by Las Vegas Ron ("Medicine is the keystone in the arch of socialism" Vladimir Lenin)
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To: Sopater

Nearest Texas Roadhouse to my location shows as 23 miles. Maybe they’ll open one closer!


166 posted on 08/24/2013 2:33:05 PM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Isn’t Tracy a lot farther away? What about the finger chili Wendy’s near spartan stadium?


167 posted on 08/24/2013 2:34:28 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: wardaddy

Totally agree that Morton’s is consistently the best upscale steakhouse chain.
I beg to differ about Ruth’s Chris. I often entertain customers by taking them to a nice steak. I am a farm raised boy from the midwest so I have a pretty good idea of good meat. Ruth’s Chris has disappointed for the longest time. Seven years ago it was great. Today, terrible. No way they are using Prime.


168 posted on 08/24/2013 2:45:24 PM PDT by cornfedcowboy
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To: Sopater
Same here. (:

Or maybe it's just frugality.

169 posted on 08/24/2013 7:21:21 PM PDT by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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To: JimRed

Nearest one to my house shows as about 45 miles, but since I live out in the country, it amounts to just a few country miles. ;-)


170 posted on 08/25/2013 5:06:48 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: Las Vegas Ron

I agree and you’re quite welcome. ;-)


171 posted on 08/25/2013 5:07:34 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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