Best Steak Place in Dallas for business
I'm coming to Dallas in the next couple of months and need to take a few people out to a great dinner. They want a steak place. Which one(s) is the best and why? Prefer something local, but I know the chains can be good, too. Thanks for any help.
I'm a III Forks fan. Might be too far out north depending on where you are staying.
But it's big and bold like Texas' reputation. The space is stunning both in size and style, the service is polished and the food is excellent.
Here are my recs:
4217 Oak Lawn Ave.
Although not a classic steakhouse, food and service is always consistent even for non-regulars. Good scene.
Bob's Steak & Chop House
4300 Lemmon Ave
One of the first mucho macho steakhouses in Dallas. Still has a strong following but the place can be noisy.
Pappas Bros. Steakhouse
10477 Lombardy Lane
An excellent steakhouse made so by a very successful restaurant family. Won't disappoint but is pricey.
2911 Routh St
An "Al Biernat's/Bob's Steak & Chop House" starter kit. Can have their good days and bad days. Room is not particularly inviting.
With the exception of Perry's, they're all too loud, especially Al Biernat's. It's no place to carry on a conversation and the tables are very tightly packed together. For layout, Perry's is a better choice.
I love Texas (family's been here since 1842), but I find III Forks tacky and the food not that special (what I do still remember is their creamed corn). Of that family of restaurants, prefer the Silver Fox as it's slightly more subtle. I've always thought III Forks' tagline should be something like 'fine dinin' for rednecks' ;)
I've had memorable steak at Nana (under a former chef) and Iris (not of course steak restaurants). I also think Saltgrass has perfectly nice steak, though this wouldn't be the restaurant for your purposes. Saltgrass is where I usually go with friends when I get that "it's been too long since I've had a big hunk of red meat" craving ;)
Not a fan of Outback, but agreed on the rest ... that's what I meant by "though this wouldn't be the restaurant for your purposes."
I have actually been to Traildust with out of town business visitors who insisted on taking the recommendation of a coworker because they wanted to experience "real Texas steak." Of course anyplace with real Texas steak has a real Texas giftshop where you can buy real Texas souvenirs ;) Now there's a place that makes Saltgrass look appropriately sophisticated ... what I remember most was all the screaming kids.