Big Juicy Steak recs -- STL?
Ok Chowhounders --
It's my husbands bday in 2 weeks.
Whenever I ask him lately "What do you want to do for your bday?"
He answers in 3 words "Big! Juicy! Steak!"
I am bringing this topic to the board b/c honestly I know probably nothing about steak and what makes a good steakhouse. While I am not a vegetarian, I don't eat a lot of meat and when my husband and I tend to go out for dinner in the area, it's more like traditional vietnamese food on Olive or tacos on Cherokee.
So .. that said ... price wise -- this can be a little bit of a spendy meal - but I don't want to have to second mortgage the house. Atmosphere? I don't know -- he really loves retro stuff (maybe watching too many episodes of Mad Men). Dressy but not super super dressy -- I guess in my mind that means a tie but not jacket for him. It would be nice if we could find a place with live music -- but they probably don't make places like that anymore. I'm completely open to hearing what the board has to say.
We live in South City -- so anything up to a half hour away is fair game. Can anyone help me out?
Well, for me, the best steak hands down is at Annie Gunns. It would be on the outer edge of the 30 minute drive but without question, worth it. I love the bone in ribeye, but anything off the grill there is awesome. Good seafood also. It is a bit of a headache getting a table. I don't have an "in" there and can wait up to an hour sometimes. They do take reservations for half the tables and leave the rest for walk ins. They have a great wine list and appetizers and a great bar if you do end up waiting a bit. Coat and tie is not out of place but it is more of a nice casual kind of place. As for the prices, it is not the cheapest meal in town but it is a special occasion...
Citizen Kanes in Kirkwood has great steaks also. Not as much atmosphere but the food is good. Ruths Chris in Clayton has a good steak too, if you don't mind the high end chain feel. Good sides also. Although it is not a steak house, I have enjoyed the filet at Frazers Brown Bag in Soulard. He does it justice. I don't recall if there are other cuts on the menu there. For an old world steakhouse there is Al's down off the Landing. I haven't been there in a while but it was good years ago. They would bring a big platter of all the nights steaks and seafood and you ordered off the platter. Definitely a coat and tie joint.
All this talking about steak is making me think I will have to fire up the grill tonight.
Sam's Steakhouse on Gravois has never disappointed us. We've been about a half dozen times over the years. samssteakhouse.com
I'll second Citizen Kanes as the best in the area. A bit crowded on weekends. Great servide and good food.
On a budget, Michael's on Manchester near McCausland is well worth the price.
Charcoal House on Manchester near Berry Rd. is good.
When I'm looking for a big beefy high-end meal in St. Louis, many of my favorite memories are of Kreis's on Lindbergh north of Clayton and Highway 40 in Ladue. It is a great oldstyle steakhouse. But I think their strongest dish is their prime rib. Beautiful thick slabs of beef, well marbled, properly medium rare. And I heartily support local independent restaurants rather than overspending at local branches of national chains.