Skip to comments.America’s best chain steakhouses
Posted on 08/23/2013 2:25:11 PM PDT by Sopater
There comes a time in just about everyones life when they feel the urge to eat some red meat. Sure, a supermarket steak cooked in a frying pan might suffice, but theres nothing quite like the experience of going to one of those big chain steakhouses. Weve 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, its our right to have unrestricted access to chain steakhouses, darn it, and for that reason we set out to find out which are the countrys best.
There are two very different types of chain steakhouses, and for todays purposes were ranking only one of them: the casual chains. While both Outback and Ruths Chris specialize in steak, they couldnt be more different otherwise, so comparing the two is like comparing apples to oranges. Comparing Outback to LongHorn, on the other hand, well thats something worth exploring.
So when you think "chain steakhouse," what comes to mind? Odds are its a rustic, masculine, most likely wooden building, emblazoned with an eye-catching, brightly lit logo. Inside, theres 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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Hahahahahahaha...that was great, I spit my drink when I read that!
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.
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.
There is a Sonic in Gilroy. Where do you go to teppanyaki?
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”.
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!
Big fan of Morton's.
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..
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.
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.
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.
This turned into a really fun thread, thanks for posting it!
Nearest Texas Roadhouse to my location shows as 23 miles. Maybe they’ll open one closer!
Isn’t Tracy a lot farther away? What about the finger chili Wendy’s near spartan stadium?
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.
Or maybe it's just frugality.
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. ;-)
I agree and you’re quite welcome. ;-)
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