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The country's best steakhouse?

Tonight at dinner, steak came up as the subject du jour. My daughter asked me what the United States best steakhouse is. I have a few thoughts, however I thought the great people of CH would have a few of their own. What do you think?

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  1. my faves:
    1. Lugers
    2. Berns

    1. Many steaklovers prefer the USDA Prime dry aged beef...so that right away eliminates many steakhouses. Having eaten at great steakhouses across the nation, I think three of the top are: Bern's in Tampa and Sparks and Keen's in New York. Welcome other views please

      1. I also agree that Bern's is great but for my area (kind of) I really like The Angus Barn in Raleigh, phenomenal wine list, excellent AND friendly service (big things in my book), and the steak is very good.

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        1. re: hipquest

          In my region, NE, the stand outs, not by my choice, are The Capital Grille (dry aged beef) and Ruth's Chris...

          1. re: Sean

            Well, on a roadtrip last year we had solid ribeyes at Chef Louis in Mitchell, SD (with a big plaster cow out front), and excellent prime ribs at the Virginian in Buffalo, WY.

            Luger's in Bklyn is tops for porterhouse, but I'm a ribeye guy and maybe the best ribeye I've ever had anywhere (and that includes my hometown NYC's top steakhouses) was at the Wyoming Rib & Chop House in Cody, WY. Not fancy, no pretensions (don't even know if it was aged, let alone what method), good side of summer squash baked with brown sugar, good fries - and one incredible steak, cooked to perfection (medium rare on the rare side).

        2. My favorites:
          Lugers
          Manny's (Minneapolis)
          Pappas Brothers (Dallas)

          1. The best steaks I have ever had were from Diamond grill in Akron, or the Hyde Park chain. Obviously I do not eat many steaks.

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            1. re: Kelli2006

              Kelli, I am assuming you mean the Hyde Park chain here in Columbus. OMG! We have been 2-3 times at a couple of their different restos around town and THE WORST SERVICE. In Dublin, we were placed on a Saturday night next to a family with 3 kids under age 5 at 8 p.m. These kids couldn't stay in their seats and knocked over my older MIL's wine glass. We kept asking to be moved to no avail. Didn't even comp the spilled wine or anything else. Second time, we went to their place in Upper Arlington, was placed at a table for 2 in the vestibule just outside the kitchen door. No thanks, please give us another table. Very rude staff, steak overcooked, not even an apology. Third time we were treated by friends to their new location in the Short North. Again, steak overcooked. Give me The Top in Columbus anyday over Hyde Park.

              1. re: Diane in Bexley

                Diane, it was the Hyde Park location in downtown Cleveland. I eat steak maybe 3 times a year and would never order it in a restaurant, as I prefer to try different flavors.