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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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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