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  • netmover May 23, 2006 03:07 AM
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I am struggling overhere...to come up with 3 in my neck of the woods, miami, maybe your Top 3 will come easier wherever your steak shines in the sunshine state.

1. Ruth's Chris

2. Los Rancho's

3. Morton's

Sorry guys, I seem to have gone with all chains! 2 nationwide, 1 southside way down south - deep down in dade. There's nothing better than having your rice and beans served on a silver platter!

boun appetito!

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    Richard Sanders

    I believe that New York's Palm has a branch in Miami. Also, The Forge is supposed to be very good. If you want to travel up to Boca Raton, New York Prime is better then any of the places you listed.

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    1. re: Richard Sanders

      Yes, good one, The Palm, actually a GREAT one! 2 locations in Miami, Bay Harbour and now Coral Gables.

      I've heard great things about NY Prime, it's the "Boca" thing...too far for me. Were I to be in the hood, I'd definately give it a try. Have you ever been to Runyon's in North Broward? I've heard good things about that place too!

      Thanks, let's keep them coming!

      1. re: netmover

        Abe & Louie's which I find better than NY Prime here in Boca

        1. re: netmover

          we are big Runyeon's fans. they have the best prime rib & huge too. NY Prime is okay. I've been to Del Frisco's in Orlando, Dallas & New York City - they are my favorite - the best Ribeye steak and great potato chips! Morton's is good - have been to the one in Boca. I've also been to Ruth Chris in Ft. Lauderdale - yuck and have never gone to another one. I've been to the Palm in 3 locations in NYC, but never here in FL. I've been to the Shula's in Miami Lakes - they overcooked my steak, then undercooked it, then overcooked it. Never went back there either. All in all, since we live in North Broward - Runyeon's is our steak restaurant of choice. But my favorite of anywhere is Del Frisco's which is a chain.

        2. re: Richard Sanders

          Abe & Loius is a new restaurant in Boca Raton. It far exceeds New York Prime. Stop in and see for yourself.

          1. re: Lulu

            Abe & Louis is probable one of the MOST overrated Steakhouse, next to Jacksons(which I believe closed) Any Steakhouse that cant cook a steak medium rare has no place calling itself a Steakhouse. They also served the lobster frozen, and I mean frozen, there were Ice crystals still in the tail... Im surprised it has lasted as long as it has.

        3. Easy call in Central Florida. Others may argue over the ranking, but I like;

          1. Del Frisco's
          2. Shula's
          3. Vito's/Charley's

          Give Capital Grill a little time and it could move onto the list.
          Like you, I dislike including chains, but Shula's is just so damn good . . .

          Bob

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          1. re: Bob Mervine

            B, I knew I could count on you for some great O-Town pix! Thanks.

            Isn't Del Friscos a chain too? I seem to remember seeing them in the flight mags? Shula's is definately a great steak house. Every August and September down here in Dade the county does this promo called Miami Spice where you can go to all these great restaurants for a 29.95 pre fixe 3 course meal. We wound up at Shulas because they were one of the few who accepted it on Saturdays, can you imagine an app, filet mignon and a dessert for this price? A steal of a deal! I also tried the Shula's in Indy and it was super. I got a hunch he took the Morton's concept lock stock and barrel? I'm not sure who was around first, but they both come around with the cart and the menu is pretty much tit for tat. Quintessential steak houses!

            1. re: netmover

              Del's is a chain, however the Orlando location has a deal with Lone Star, the parent company, that allows them to prety much run things the way they have been running them since the owners opened 20-plus years ago, when the original Del's in Dallas was still alive.
              So there's no chain feeling to the place and, if anything, their standards exceed the corporate ones.

              Don't know a lot about the Shula's chain, but Mortons has been around much longer. Nothing wrong with Morton's either. They serve free filet mignon sandwiches at the bar during happy hour . . .

              Bob

              1. re: Bob Mervine

                Y'know, I live near a Lone Star in Port Orange, and my husband lives and dies by their steak. (Disclaimer: He spent his childhood on cattle ranches in Texas and worked for several independent steakhouses, so he's picky.) The "ambiance" sucks, but the steak always comes out perfect, and that's all he really wants. :-P

                1. re: Bob Mervine

                  that's a nice tip...thank you.

                  Hopefully they do it down here?

            2. My favorites are:

              Grazianos' on bird road
              Mortons
              NY Prime - though somewhat overrated
              Tie Between Capital Grille and the Forge

              I have been to the shulas in dade and it does not belong on any list. I am open to the possibility that it is better in other places though...

              I like ruth crist a lot too but have not tried the one in dade.

              I have heard not so great things about the palm down here but have not tried it.

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              1. re: T. Pigeon

                I knew two of your 3 picks! I thought you'd be bringing the P112, but you have gone on record about the steaks not being so good there? Hard to beleive with all the clamoring going on to get in!

                Notice, I didn't pick Shula's though I do think it is right up there with some of the great steak houses in america...btw which dade county shula's did you go to? The orignal is out in Miami Lakes and I'm sure that it must be the best of any seeing how it is the original? I have not been. The one at the Alexander was ok...when you're stuck in Indy, his place has to rank among the best in town!

                The Palm in Bay Harbour was good, although I must confess it's been several years since I've been back.

                Are there any reasonable steak houses out there for honorable mention? I saw the NT Best Nicaraguan, I couldn't get my guest out of the car to go in! Just not a place you'd want to be eating a nice steak...no matter the price! Where do they come up with some of their pix???

                Los Ranchos at Bayside on the other hand is well worth a try. They do a, and I know I recently said I was against this sort of stuff on a sobe/ocean/lincoln thread but, 2-4-1 sunset special which is a great deal in a bayfront setting with all you can eat gallo pinto (redbeans and rice) and mariquitas (shaved fried plantains) served from a silver platter. A little Babalou in the background and Biscayne Bay in the foreground and this Nicaraguan steak house could almost be number 1 in all of Dade county!

                Vuelve-a-la-vida is a great 'return to life' app too!

                1. re: netmover

                  Yep, prime does not have the best steak. It has decent to good steak.

                  I went to shula's once 4 years ago and I got a ride there so I did not even know the location except that it is in dade. I have not been back but I have heard other people say I have no reason to go...

              2. Well, since you asked.....and you said in Florida...
                I have been to Ruth's many places, many Morton's, many Palms, Two Del Frisco's, several Capital Grilles as well as all the major independents all across the USA. Those are chains, but pretty good. One thing to note, if you like USDA Prime DRY AGED beef as I do, that only the Palm in NYC serves dry aged. Other Palms are wet aged, as is Morton's . Vito's in Orlando pretty good for a mid range steakhouse, and great wine list. Shula's in several cities, and in my opinion, at the bottom of the chains list.
                For a truly great steak at a great steakhouse with a well-deserved international reputation, try Bern's in Tampa. Prime, dry-aged on the premises. Best wine cellar in the south. True excellence in all things...service, farm-raised organic vegetables, the onion rings, home made salad dressings. Expensive but worth it.

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                1. re: steakman55

                  I tried bern's once and had a lousy steak there (and so did my 3 friends). I would not go back for steak, but I would go back for the dessert restaurant.

                  1. re: T. Pigeon

                    Two friends actually, I mistyped. Still did not excuse the steak. I also asked a bunch of locals why the steak was so bad and they had said that the place used to be much better.

                    1. re: T. Pigeon

                      Six friends of mine and I went to Berns about a year ago. We were all former Bern's fan. It was the worst meal any of us had ever had, only matched by hideous service. Never again.
                      That said - steak joints - Tara's on Marco and in Ft. Lauderdale; Capital Grille Miami, Del Frisco's Orlando only, Shula's Naples.

                  2. re: steakman55

                    Have you tried Gallagher's in NYC??? Love the window shopping! A dry aging mecca...

                    Their house vino is good too!

                    old school autentico

                    midtown

                    I heard there's one in Vegas...I'm not sure they're related though? Ain't nothing like the real thing...

                    1. re: netmover

                      I'm pretty sure the Las Vegas restaurant is related to the original. I ate there once a few years ago, and while I can't compare it to NYC, it was a damn fine steak. A couple of us tackled the 24oz ribeye. I waddled out of there fat, dumb and happy. I spent a lot of money, but at least I got some return...unlike the black jack tables.

                      FWIW, I was in the St. Petersburg area last weekend for a wedding and had dinner at the Salt Rock Grill. I went with fish, but I noticed some nice looking steaks in the dispay case. I also think the waitress told us they were all Prime and aged. Might be a decent alternative to "The Steakhouse".

                    2. re: steakman55

                      you sir have won!

                      not only did you mention the best steak house in the F L A, you sir señor steak man may have just mentioned the best steak house in the u s a maybe even "el mundo entero"!

                      Gracias amigo!

                      BERN'S it is...

                      BY FAR...Like Barbaro in the Kentucky Derby may he get well soon!

                      Surreal place, magical in fact...my only lamentation is having been there just once...having said that, let me say this: TAKE THE TOUR!

                      From the wine mecca to the fish tanks which btw you can chose your sea critter and they'll do it up the way you like...to the multi ambiance dining salons to the dessert room with wine cask tables ay yi yi!

                      The steak: is tricky business!!!

                      Unique system I must say.

                      pick a cut
                      tempature
                      order by inch and weight...what?
                      Ultimately you are responsible for the steak you design! They should have a full proof menu for amatures...perhaps a training class or two? I was a little overwhelmed with it all whilst looking forward to the next time I could try to get the above equation down...perhaps I'll just pick something from the fish tank next time?

                      ciao hound

                      1. re: netmover

                        Berns the best steakhouse in the world? Give me a break. How did I get such a lousy steak then.

                        1. re: T. Pigeon

                          As previously mentioned at BERN'S, you design your own steak: cut; temp; weight; and inches thick...this is no easy equation! In essence, they've put the ball in your court. I will tell you straight away, I am not a big fan of the dry aging method, so few places do it that the beef actually tastes strange to me when I do finally taste one. The conisseurs, which I am not, will swear by this aging method and although to date I have yet to find a great dry aged steak, other than Gallagher's in NYC, I still think BERN'S is the coolest steak house I have ever been to...by a long shot! I have not been to Lugar's, but I can hardly imagine the place being as far out as BERN'S, maybe the steak is better at Lugar's, but I'd be shocked to find Ports there from the 1500-1700's, or any overhead fish tanks from which you can pick the one you want for dinner, the multiple throwback posh dining salons, the funky dessert room...BERN'S is a Landmark for Pete's sake.

                          Ok, so now you're saying to yourself, self...let me get this straight, he does or doesn't like the steak, yet he thinks the place is #1, how can this be? I'm with you T, it wasn't the best steak I've ever eaten, but I'm willing to accept some of the resposibilty for that since ultimately the above equation was my design.

                          BERN'S is one of those places, that in my humble opinion, is a National Treasure and should be listed on some Historical Registrar if it isn't already.

                          The OP was TOP STEAK, not TOP STEAK HOUSE, so you are technically right, as is everyone because taste is a very subjective subject in deed.

                          1. re: netmover

                            I guess the cut out the vitriol. Berns obviously has the best wine menu in the country and probably the world and for wine afficionados, it is a must (they have a million bottles - This is not an exaggeration, they literally have about a million bottles of wine). Their dessert restaurant is outstanding, but to be honest, I had not particular recommendations because each dessert I tried was as fantastic as the last.

                            The only problem was the meal itself. Not only was the steak bad but the shrimp cocktail I had before the steak was pathetic too. Me and my friends travelled to tampa (from NY at the time) specifically to eat here because we heard it was the best bar none. Insofar as the meal goes, we were seriously disappointed. All of us know and had dry aged steak and we have been to many, many steakhouses.

                        2. re: netmover

                          are you dreaming? Please wake up!

                      2. I'll nominate Tuscan Steak

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                        1. re: sobe

                          I always forget them. Good one.

                          1. re: T. Pigeon

                            Love Tuscan. Their gargonzola Gnocchi and spice menu is awesome.

                            1. re: sobe

                              Yep, it is one of my favorites. I always think of them as an italian place rather than a steak place precisely because the gnocci gorgonzola is so good. Nevertheless their steak is very good and belongs among the top places in Miami for sure.

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                          Chris in Miami

                          Personally, I think Del Frisco's in Orlando is the best of the best. Steaks are perfectly prepared and seasoned every time. Sides are to die for and divine desserts.

                          1. Del Frisco's, Orlando
                          2. Capital Grille, Miami
                          3. Preston's, Naples - Tiny little place in Naples. Great steaks, Morton Bay Bugs (Australian Baby Lobsters) and homemade chocolate cake made by the chef/owner's wife nightly. The best of the best if we are not including chains.

                          I will certainly give Shula's in Naples honorable mention. Good, not great steaks, and the best sourdough bread and Crème Brule around.

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                          1. re: Chris in Miami

                            First, thanks for backing me up on Del's. It's nice to know it's got that statewide reputation.

                            As a bonus question, what's the best steak tartare around. In Orlando, I give harvey's a slight nod over Shula's
                            Shulas is made with filet, and it just doesn't have quite the same beefy flavor as Harvey's.

                            Bob

                          2. Had one of the most memorable steak meals when I met my brother who was in Orlando on business and we ate at Charleys. Both of us couldn't stop talking about how good the steak was so when his b-day came up, and I knew there was no way he could fly back and celebrate with me at Charleys again, I sent him and my sister-in-law 2 Porterhouse steaks from Peter Lugars. Wow, if I think he had a lot to say about Charley's, that was nothing. Said he was screaming with every bite...it was that good!!!! Still talking about it almost 6 months later.....so,chowhounds, if you want another option, try Peter Lugar...this just may be your new contender for your top pick and it can be delivered to you right here in FLA.

                            1. Abe & Louis in Boca is by far the best.

                              1. Berns burns the competition!

                                The quintessential FLA Steakhouse in Tampa.

                                Scorch is a great place for budget steaks...coupled with a clever wine list in North Miami Beach.

                                1. Bern's is okay - and I mean just okay! The wine list is wonderful and if you eat in one of the decent rooms it is an experience. Go with a big group and eat at those long tables like in a cafeteria and you can have it. The steak isn't that wonderful.

                                  1. I'm surprised Prime 112 in SoBe didn't make the list. I was very skeptical when I went based on board reviews and the public's enamour with the place, but thought the steak was very good if not one of the best I've had. Up to that point, I had Delmonicos (in Vegas), Arnie Mortons of Chicago (in Bev Hills) and El Gaucho (in Seattle) at the top of my list. I think Prime makes my top 3 and has been one of the best restaurants that I have tried in Miami over the past year. Sure we needed a reservation a week in advance and had to wait 20 minutes at the bar for our table, but my filet was great and perfectly cooked. I really liked the additions such as truffle butter that you could add to your steak for only $3 more. I actually found Prime 112 to be reasonably affordable and a value considering what you get elsewhere on the beach. If this isn't one of the best in Florida, I'm anxious to try the rest of the suggestions on this thread. btw....Shula's isn't good.

                                    1. I'm surprised that no one has mentioned Jackson's:

                                      #1 Jackson's in FTL
                                      #2 Don Shula's
                                      #3 Ruth's Chris
                                      #4 Morton's
                                      I'll give an honorary mention to Council Oak in the Seminole Hard Rock.

                                      First of all, I'm not a big fan of chains, but the chains seem to have perfected the steak.

                                      I consider myself somewhat of a steak connoisseur and I feel the dry-aged method is fantastic as far as taste & texture go. Dry-aged steaks tend to get tougher the more they are cooked. If you like your steak medium-rare or rare, the dry-aged steaks should be very tasty as long as they are seared and cooked right. In most "steakhouses" they do a great job. Never been to Burn's...I plan to go before year end.

                                      1. berns is #1; for great value try 14 oz. ribeye for about

                                        $17 at outback.

                                        1. For Value, I'll give Outback snaps for their Victoria filet that I order occasionally when I don't feel like cooking. Always crusty and pink but somehow, I always think it is a little manipulated. At this price, who gives a damn. Call it McSteak.

                                          I prefer Smith and Wollensky on the govt. cut....south beach. Fabulous location and excellent service. I like that my wine guru from Windows on the World picks their wines and the steaks are always perfect. It somehow doesn't get the respect it deserves IMNSHO because of its showy location. LMF

                                          1. Fort Myers is a steak house desert. Sanibel Steakhouse is ghastly and has closed most of its venues or sold to amateurs. Ruth's Chris is moving into Bonita. If you want a nice steak in Fort Myers my money would go to The Veranda, very old southern restaurant with tuxedoed waiters that know the ropes and a nice piano bar in case you want to linger. We are talking a real old mid-century throwback here. My steaks here have always been perfect for what they are, but will never compare to a true steakhouse that hangs their product for all to see. LMF

                                            1. I'm surprised that nobody has mentioned Les Halles in Coral Gables. Yum!

                                              1. While it is not one of the fancy places that everyone is recommending, I really enjoy going to Farmer John's Red Barn in Lakeland. It is just west of downtown on 92.

                                                The Red Barn has been there for as long as I can remember. This is a downhome type of steak place. This is not to say that the steaks are not quality, but they do have items such as fried green tomatoes on the menu.

                                                Give it a try.

                                                John

                                                1. what about smith and wollensky on s beach

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                                                  1. re: heliosity

                                                    Went to Smith and Wollensky. It was heavenly. The food was awesome. the wine was wonderful (from a boutique winery in Napa). I never want to pay that much again! Was it worth it? Well, from the POV that we got the contract from the person we took there -- and we had been pursuing his business for a couple of years...

                                                  2. El Novillo. Lean and tender. Chimmichurri sauce. 'nuff said!

                                                    1. El Novillo! I used to go to that place all the time way back when...it's west of M.I.A., no? They used to have more than one location...where are they now days?

                                                      Another great Nicaraguan Steak House. Los Ranchos being another.

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                                                      1. re: netmover

                                                        The El Novillo on Bird Road (near Arbetters!) closed. There is one in Miami Lakes, just off Main Street.
                                                        Another goodie, if you like the thin Cuban-style palomilla steak is Latin American on W. 68th street near the Palmetto Expressway. I think that one is the best. Fast service, huge portions, tasty and inexpensive food. People-watching is good, too. If you don't speak Spanish, point and gesture. They know what you want.

                                                      2. Smith and Wollensky for Miami Spice lunch is TOPS! For openers we had a Caesar and (get this)a watermelon, feta, kalamata olives, grape tomato salad with a balsamic reduction drizzle. It did not sound so great, but boy was it ever! Follow that up with a nice filet mignon and an over the top dessert and this 20 dollar and 06 cent late lunch extravaganza had me stuffed until the next day! We had them throw in an extra side of Mac and 4 cheeses ($10)with truffle oil and portabellos...oh my was that rich! Toss in a million dollar view and it's got to be the best lunch deal on the spice program...you'd better hurry though, they only run through 9/21 or 22...and I have to say their steak was very solid errrrrr tender and cooked to perfection (no sides or accompaniments however).

                                                        On another note, in South Miami, Macabi Cigar Bar just became Macabi Steakhouse and Bar and it seems they got the goods. The chef is from The Palms so he knows a thing or two about beef. I just poked my head in and did not try it, but I expect to hear more from you S.M. dwellers in the near future.

                                                        1. Top experience/overall restaurant:

                                                          1)Capital Grill - Enjoy the bread, love the calamari, mozzarella and all the other salads, and love the chef special steaks. The subtley sweet Balsalmic Delmonico, the Kona Sirlion, or the Filet with Mushrooms and onions. My mother loves the Lamb Chops there as well. In addition, the interior is very tastefully done and upscale.
                                                          2)NY Prime - Love the GIANT appetizer starter and porterhouse. The GIANT chocolate cake is to DIE for.
                                                          3)Palm Coral Gables - The Sunday Dinner for 2 or 3 for 60 dollars is a STEAL. Ill quote a write up "Get your steak on at The Palm, which is offering a terrific Sunday dinner deal, enough for two (very hungry) or three (moderately hungry) folks to share: soup or salad; cottage fries and fried onions; 18-ounce New York strip or 16-ounce filet mignon; another entrée of choice from a selection of nine[Italian]; two additional side dishes; and dessert. All for $59 plus tax and tip" You can add an additional steak in for 10 dollars more instead of the Italian entree. In addition, they recently got a chef that worked at the touted Ortanique so they have added a lot of fish dishes to their menu...Very good!

                                                          Honorable Mention(off the top of my head):
                                                          -Prime 112 = While I love the restaurant, I dont even get steak when I go there! There not that fantastic for the price. I get the Tuna entree for the records. I do enjoy the salads and all the appetizers, the great sweet potato fries, and banana foster dessert.
                                                          -Jacksons in Ft. Laud - Good food and experience but expensive
                                                          -Morton's - Good experience and food - Love the hot chocolate cake that oozes.
                                                          -Christy's - Similar to above...Doesnt blow me away

                                                          BTW, Macabi not only has the old Palm Chef but it also has the old manager too..haha...

                                                          1. We went to Shula's at the Alexander hotel a few weeks ago. The steak was fantastic, but the service was not too good and the most of the food came out cold. We ordered from the Miami spice menu and I think they did some of the things early bird style. And there was no chocolate on that dessert menu! It's a shame because the filet was the best I've ever had. *cry*

                                                            Mortons had fantastic food, first rate service, AND they're having a special: steak and seafood for two for $99 through the end of October or November (I believe). Check out their website under events. It's an excellent deal! I'm totally in love with them.

                                                            I was at Capitol Grille in Boston it was excellent, but it was 7 years ago.

                                                            1. I'm surprised that more people do not mention the Council Oak Room at the Hard Rock casino in Hollywood. I think they give you a great dry aged steak (I was in the aging room)for a great price and unbelievable service. Everyone should check it out!

                                                              1. I MUST SAY...........ARGENTANGO's IN HOLLYWOOD AND IN COCONUT GROVE HAVE THE BEST

                                                                1. Taverna OPA's Rib Eye in a Lemon Sauce is by far the best steak I have ever eaten any where bar none!

                                                                  Crazy-but true...get the Giant Prawns for a Surf and Turf that'll blow you away!

                                                                  1. Thank God I didn't pick Smith and Wollensky's...their broiler cook must have been taking a siesta the other night when he let not one, but 2 14oz filets au poivre go to waste by sending them out WELL when they were ordered Medium...

                                                                    For Good Steak at a Great price try: SCORCH in NMB. Also that steak they do at Paciffic Time is very tasty-it's different...in a good way!

                                                                    1. Anybody got another Steak House to rave about here in the FLA ? ? ? Or Steak...it doesn't necessarily have to come from a Steakhouse!

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                                                                      1. re: netmover

                                                                        Yes!! Noone has mentioned Gene's in Daytona just west of the speedway incase anyone goes to look. Head out 92 and keep going...you'll find it. The steak melts in your mouth. Bit pricey but well worth the cut. Also a small hole in the wall the locals know is Webbers on Ridgewood in South Daytona. Small...crowded...but Oh-So-Delicious!!I actually cannot wait to get back to Daytona to go there. In fact...The steak there is better then the irish beef we get here in England. We also have the Chart House which is also another pricey but well worth the cut bit of meat. I also have been to LoneStar in Port Orange like Covert Ops mentions above....and it is good, but Webbers is vastly better.

                                                                         
                                                                      2. I don't eat it, but my family said that they loved the steaks at The Watering Hole in Sebring. The meals are so big that they don't even offer dessert.

                                                                        1. The original Charley's on OBT in Orlando
                                                                          Okeechobee Steakhouse in West Palm Beach
                                                                          RIP- Carneceria Argentina in Hialeah, the finest churrasco in the US. Gone, sadly.

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                                                                          1. re: flavrmeistr

                                                                            My choices are

                                                                            1) Del Frisco's - Orlando
                                                                            2) Shula's - orlando
                                                                            3) Capital Grille - Miami

                                                                          2. I don't think anyone has mentioed it yet, but I have had (several) terrific dry-aged steaks at Hollywood Prime in the Diplomat Hotel in Hollywood. Probably my first choice. Second choice would be Bern's (also their vegetables are heavenly) and third choice is Smith and Wollensky on South Beach. Especially love their wine week!

                                                                            1. I really liked Mark's US Prime in Gainesville (the one time I ate there).

                                                                              1. Well, hopefully you will like this non-chain restaurant that started in West Palm Beach and was a local favorite for the folks heading to lunch from work as well. Manero's Restuarant - one the best, has now moved to Palm City. Okeechobee Steak House and Raindancer are great restaurants for a nice night out, and all are a bit pricey!! They are each in West Palm Beach.

                                                                                 
                                                                                1. Ruth's Chris is Boca is my #1

                                                                                  New York Prime is good but not as good as Ruth's Chris.

                                                                                  Did not like Abe and Lous at all.

                                                                                  Mortons is ok.

                                                                                  1. 1-Abe & Louie's
                                                                                    2-The Palm
                                                                                    3-Ruth's Chris
                                                                                    I believe these are the best in South Florida, in the order written.

                                                                                    1. 1-Capital Grill Downtown Miami
                                                                                      2- Prime 112 Miami Beach
                                                                                      3-Ruth Chris Coral Glabels

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                                                                                      1. re: rento73

                                                                                        No way to prime 112. Not even the third best steak in sobe. Their other stuff is great however and it is one of my favorite restaurants.

                                                                                        Mortons is better than Capital Grille btw.

                                                                                      2. I went to Raindaner in WPB many years back and enjoyed a huge porterhouse...I have been meaning to get back there to try it again. Any opinions out there on Raindancer?

                                                                                        1. prime 112 DOES have good steak- their sides are wonderful and they make a good drink too. that makes for a great steakhouse as far as i'm concerned (and the over 400 people they still turn away every saturday night)

                                                                                          sooo different from prime, but also love Okeechobee Steak House- steak is so good!

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                                                                                          1. re: gingersnap

                                                                                            prime 112 tasted a little too charred for me...and I ordered it med-rare! And it was. It's cooked on the griddle as opposed to a broiler or grill maybe that's why? Everything else I have ever eaten there was A#1 !!! When you are one of the 400 people turned away on a Saturday (or any other night for that matter) walk a half a block South and go for the Taverna Opa Rib Eye with a Lemon Wine Sauce....1/2 the price twice the taste! + you can boogaloo on top of your table when your done, dig?

                                                                                            1. re: netmover

                                                                                              This thread would be incomplete without a nomination of The Forge on 41st st. in Miami Beach.

                                                                                              1. re: Veggo

                                                                                                good one...nice contribution. Didn't they get Best of Miami for Steaks in the Newtimes at one point? Not that NT is the end all, but that's good props nonetheless!

                                                                                          2. I agree with NY Prime in Boca. It's Great!

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                                                                                            1. re: jgoodelman

                                                                                              My favorite is the Skirt Steak (churrasco) - you can eat it at Brasa Grill or the Argentinean Steakhouse (forgot name) - Tampa and Oldsmar. Very,very tender.

                                                                                              1. re: superman

                                                                                                I agree, I have tried almost every meat at Brasa and the Skirt Steak is the best. I like the sirloin at applebees too.

                                                                                              2. re: jgoodelman

                                                                                                New York Prime overbooks and allows their "regulars" to take the place of folks who have had reservations for a month. We once got a call from them telling us our 7:30 PM reservation would not be honored but that we could come in at 9:00 PM instead. Wow THANKS A LOT. We made the reservation a month in advance and then got stiffed by them. Sorry...not an honorable spot. Perhaps typical of New Yorkers, huh?

                                                                                                1. re: Bessie

                                                                                                  Que?

                                                                                              3. I can't believe any one is still pushing Bern's. In my opinion, they exist only on ancient history. The steaks are just OK, but at an extreme price. Some of the appetizers are pitiful, that chicken thing in particular, and the desserts are marginal. For $100.00 a head, they need to show me much more.

                                                                                                The best I have found in Tampa is Charley's or Fleming's.

                                                                                                And by thwe way, half of that tour is a fraud. They have had that same fish swimming around in the "fresh fish tank" forever, (they do buy their Pompano right off the boat however) and all of that line about growing their own vegetables on some remote farm site is BS. the only thing they grow is the bean sprouts they show you on the trays in kitchen

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                                                                                                1. re: sarge

                                                                                                  Not to be a kill joy or a Bern's booster -- I'm neither, although I like SideBerns better -- but I've been to the farm and seen the herb garden, the spring veggies, etc. Perhaps that's history, as it has been a few years since I was part of our hotel's F&B group that the restaurant showed around, but in his day Bern was quite an innovator of a number of things now considered common practice.

                                                                                                  BTW, touring a kitchen can be the most boring thing, even for a goodie. A walk-in or a dishwasher have zero romance factor.
                                                                                                  As for the fish in the tank - the next thing you'll be tellin' me is that the ghosts in the Haunted Mansion aren't real !

                                                                                                  Bob

                                                                                                2. I thought I'd dust this post off since I finally made it to Graziano's on Bird Rd. Very happy with my (Ojo de Bife) Ribeye & Risotto! Nice choice of accompaniments. This Argentinian emporium in Dade County is the real deal.

                                                                                                  Much has changed here in the 305 since I started this post back in '06. In fact, I'm sure much has changed in the steak landscape throughout the entire FLA. Would love to hear some of your updates on the subject of Beef. BTW, I'm embarrased about my top 3 picks being chains...therefore I offer up a few new ones.

                                                                                                  1. Graziano's (Miami)
                                                                                                  2. Berns (Tampa)
                                                                                                  3. Smith & Wollenskys (South Beach) I know, another chain. The vistas make it worthy!

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                                                                                                  Grazianos Restaurant
                                                                                                  1 Boardwalk, Daytona Beach, FL 32118

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                                                                                                  1. re: netmover

                                                                                                    Much has changed. Remember when The Forge was the real deal? (Remember when it was open?) It closed a month after my post above.

                                                                                                    1. re: Veggo

                                                                                                      The Forge is supposed to be reopening with Chef Dewey LoSasso (late of North 110) as head chef. I think that's good news for both the Forge and Chef Dewey.

                                                                                                  2. been to all the steak houses in NYC (except Spark's) incl Peter Luger. For the best steak anywhere you will have to come to Naples to a family run place where the owner ages his own steaks and cooks them on his charcoal grill (and you can watch him do it if you ask nicely). everyone i know who has gone there admits its the tastiest and most tender steak they ever had (it was the first place where the NY Strip was as tender as the Filet). and the Mrs makes this unbelievable choc cake. seating is limited, the steaks are as pricey as Morton's and the service is also flawless. and we have a Capital Grill and a Ruth Chris and a Flemings and Andre's (a Peter Luger knockoff by way of one of the ex-managers of PL's)--none are as good.

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                                                                                                    1. re: Zeits

                                                                                                      How about telling us the name Zeits!

                                                                                                      I just heard that too Frod...when is the opening?

                                                                                                      1. re: netmover

                                                                                                        haven't heard yet about Forge reopening date. Will see what I can find out.

                                                                                                      2. re: Zeits

                                                                                                        Yo! Zeits! You flunk marketing 101! If you can't share the name, maybe give us the GPS coordinates?

                                                                                                        1. re: Veggo

                                                                                                          didn't know you'd really want to come to Naples. the name is Preston's. its on 41 just before you get to 5th Ave S. you can easily pass it so call for the cross street when you make reservations. you will not be disappointed. i've been to Sideburns (but not Berns) but i just can't believe the difference in this place's cut and flavor.

                                                                                                      3. the place in Naples is Preston's. its on 41 just before you get to 5th Ave S. get the cross st when you call for reservations. you will not be disappointed.

                                                                                                        1. Has anyone tried Ulysses' Steakhouse in Cocoa?

                                                                                                          http://www.ulyssesprimesteakhouse.com/

                                                                                                          1. According to what I read, Burns Steak House is one of the best in the USA and the best inFlorida --per Mens Health Magazine.

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                                                                                                            1. re: irwin

                                                                                                              Yes, there BERN's steakhouse and their offspring Sideberns which may be the best steakhouse in FL but who wants to travel 2 1/2 hrs for a steak?

                                                                                                            2. My family has been patronizing Charley's steakhouse (on OBT in Orlando) and family of restaurants for 15+ years. They serve dry aged beef in a nice atmosphere for a decent price. We always request Bob as our server, he is knowledgeable and an excellent server. Full bar, incredible wine selection, huge desserts. We recently dined at Vito's Chophouse and very much enjoyed that restaurant as well. But Charley's equals steak to me and is where we are going for my birthday.

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                                                                                                              1. re: pegasus1

                                                                                                                I love Charleys. The steaks are fabulous, but they will stick it to you on the wine if you aren't careful. Especially if you have a large group. I learned the hard way. More than once.

                                                                                                              2. Chops in Boca Raton, my favorite of the moment

                                                                                                                1. Charley's has gone downhill since changing hands. The steak is good, but not worth the prices. Del Friscos is pretty impressive. Bern's is top notch. Council Oak is killer. Best steak tho? Prime 112 in SoBe.