Who's Eating All This Steak?

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The Dallas Morning News published a Pavlovian steakhouse slideshow the other day, with pictures and a link to a story published two summers ago that ranked Dallas' best steakhouses. There are some sexy shots in that slideshow, but they invoked deja vu: D Magazine published a steakhouse roundup the following spring.

I won't persecute anyone for making lists, but I'm curious. Who the fuck is eating all this steak?

Steak is pretty heavy: While I love to indulge salty charred beef on occasion, I'm absolutely toast when I'm done eating. It's also expensive: You can blow $70 on some cuts in this city. And that's just for the meat. You could get 25 brisket tacos at Rusty's for the same amount.

The sides often disappoint. I've only eaten at a handful of steakhouses since coming to Dallas, but so far the mac and cheese, roast mushrooms and creamed spinach I've had have been a let down.

Every time I eat at a steak house, I walk in, am seduced by the tone and feel of the place, eat way too much, freak out when I see the bill, and leave thinking I've just wasted both money and injured my insides.

Papas Bros. Steak House is mentioned in both lists. I thought the steak I had there was over-buttered and over-rated, but the service was damn good.

Nick and Sam's grilled me up a fine enough number, but I wish they'd figure out how to get a stronger sear on the outside of the cut. And their mac and cheese was terrible. Though, weird as it sounds, that steak sauce was memorable.

Oddly, one of the best steaks I've had recently was at Del Frisco's Grille. The place is so casual, and it's obviously not shooting for a fine-dining experience, yet it's serving one of Dallas' best cuts.

While working on that review, I saw a couple split a New York Strip at the bar with a couple of sides and red wine. I think they're onto something. Fourteen ounces of strip steak provides more than triple the USDA suggestion for a single serving of ground beef. Why are we getting off on spending a ton of loot on a hunk of cow most people can barely finish anyway?

Both D and DMN lamented the death of Nana when they reported on the Hilton Anatole's plans to turn one of Dallas' better Italian restaurants into another meat den. Leslie and Nancy agree on practically nothing, but they both seem to agree that we probably have enough steakhouses.

I agree. In fact, I'm declaring a steak moratorium on City of Ate for a duration to be determined by my renewed craving for steak. Starting tomorrow. No, next week; tomorrow's the weekend. Or maybe the week after. Steak sounds kind of good right now.

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cp
cp

Scott... go to Bob's already, will ya? And not the one at the Omni, the original on Lemmon Ave.

mmarks
mmarks

It's not easy to eat steak if you wear dentures. Hamburger is my new best friend.

Meat Guy
Meat Guy

Dallas is known for big hair and big steaks.  Sometimes outside of the expense account meal you just crave a steak.  Dallas is a great place for that.  I mostly agree with D of thier ratings and we are lucky to have some great steakhouses to choose from.

Grumpy Demo
Grumpy Demo

Business people with expense accounts, I've eaten at Pappas, III Forks, Dell Frisco's, Bob's and Sullivan's in Austin each time my boss picked  it and it was for business.

When I'm paying I prefer to make the cook work by preparig something I can't do at home and am not interested in a slab of meat (albeit, excellent slab usually) served with over cooked vegetables in cream sauces.

 

Jon Daniel
Jon Daniel

Let's take a step back, and look at the audience for these places. A big percentage are eating on their  (or someone's) company tab. So the costs are not as important as it seeming to be masculine place where 2-10 guys in town for a business meeting can go and eat without having a vague feeling they are on a date. Add in the special occasion crowd, who may go 1-2 times a year, and I think you end up with a very small portion of any one night being made up of local regulars eating out. 

So these places are akin to Vegas high end restaurant. These steak places are pretty much what Dallas is known for around the country from a culinary standpoint. Dallas is a place to go for 'Big Steak", and a bottle of expensive wine, and lying on the expense report to cover it.

Jon Daniel
Jon Daniel

I like Pappas. But I always get my steak butterflied to give it more heat surface

Steve
Steve

I like steak.

But, to your point: Dallas, Texas is a city filled with successful people who wear neckties and engage in high-level business transactions. Do the motherfucking math.

Rooster
Rooster

9 different people wrote about food on this blog this week. 9! And the Observer can't get 1 person to write about sports full time. How ridiculous is that? F the Observer.

Mervis
Mervis

Scott - Go to Costco and get you a prime ribeye and grill it yourself. The leftovers can be used for breakfast steak and eggs or killer steak nachos or a nice steak salad. 1/3 the price and no douchery to fight your way through.

jamal
jamal

wife and i split every time we go out for steak.  which is about twice a year.  so yeah, who the fuck is eating all this steak?

G_David
G_David

Have you ever seen a guy with a fake head?

Colin
Colin

There is plenty of sports coverage elsewhere if you are talking about football/baseball/basketball/soccer. I don't need another account of something I'm not interested in. Now if you want them to cover something like roller derby, or arena football, or rugby, then maybe I could agree that would be nice.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Tell em brother! I've been fighting the good fight over here for a while. Joe Tone doesn't like sports or the people of New Orleans!

mmarks
mmarks

The answer is simple. Food is better than sports.

mewkins
mewkins

Good post. The steaks at Costco are superb. If they had one closer to Dallas we'd eat alot more steaks.

cp
cp

Uh... the people that keep these steak placed full all the time.... but I guess if you don't go out all the time then you really wouldn't know, now would you? 

Mervis
Mervis

Foodsaver. Tray of 4 steaks. 1 for tonight, 3 for down the road in the freezer.

Mervis
Mervis

Me likey ribeye better than tenderloin. Bought the whole bone in ribeye from Costco before.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Well hell, buy a pismo if you've got the freezer room and have great steak for months.

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