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Austin Restaurants serving Dry-Aged Steaks?

MCWoodlands Aug 3, 2010 06:45 PM

I plan to visit Austin soon and was wondering if there are any steakhouses or restaurants in Austin that serve dry-aged steaks? I saw a thread on here that mentions buying dry aged beef at Whole Foods, but I'll be staying in a hotel, unable to cook the steak myself! Thanks in advance!

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    bloody hammer Aug 3, 2010 07:54 PM

    Eddie V's often has a bone-in ribeye as a special that is dry aged.... and delicious.

    1. dinaofdoom Aug 3, 2010 08:13 PM

      everyone's gonna correct me if i'm wrong, but i've always gotten the impression that austin is not really a steak kinda town.
      when people think texas, they think about the rich cattle/ranching history but austin? not so much.

      that being said, i will keep an eye on this thread and see what people have to say because i do love a good steak.

      1. rudeboy Aug 4, 2010 07:19 AM

        It is purported that Perry's serves USDA Prime dry aged:


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          Rene Aug 4, 2010 12:08 PM

          I had a dry-aged filet at Jeffrey's last month. It was delicious, of course, but it wasn't as rich as I had anticipated...

          1. chispa_c Aug 4, 2010 12:28 PM

            Dry aged or not, I still think Fleming's downtown makes the best steaks in town, aside from the ones my bf grills up.

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              FoodEquipmentGuy Aug 4, 2010 02:21 PM

              The ORIGINAL III Forks in Dallas was and I believe III Forks is dry aged here? I may be wrong. They used to have a few marinated (not to be confused with WET aged) stakes as well. You'll find cross over between them and Cool River as is it owned buy the same restaurant group.I've had several dinners here with clients. The meals are always great but the service can be spotty.

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                Steven Dilley Aug 4, 2010 03:55 PM

                If you want a truly primal, dry-aged experience, you'll probably need to look elsewhere. That's not to say you can't get a good steak in Austin. Even one that's seen some age. But if you're looking for a piece of prime beef that's been dry aged for 4-8 weeks and has a funky, minerally, concentrated, almost gamy character to it, one that's charred and rare and whose tastiest bits around the bone remind you of great, cured meat, you're not likely to find it in a restaurant in Austin.

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                  dinaofdoom Aug 4, 2010 04:23 PM

                  omg stop you are making me drool.
                  that's too bad because now i REALLY want one.

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                  MCWoodlands Aug 4, 2010 09:44 PM

                  Thanks for the great suggestions! I will call Eddie V's to inquire about their special. Perry's is promising, as well. I have dined at Flemings here in The Woodlands; however, after having had dry aged steak, I simply can't go back. For me, the flavor is immense and intense, and if I'm going to pay $40+ for a steak, I want maximum enjoyment! ...very excited about the trip - thanks again!

                  1. drdelicious Aug 5, 2010 05:01 AM

                    The Driskill Hotel Grill has dry-aged, and they have one of the better steaks in Austin:

                    I'm not sure, but possibly Sullivan's steakhouse has dry-aged as well.
                    I think you'll get more 'TX' than Austin culture in the Driskill... which can be nice sometimes. Austin could use more great steakhouses.

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                      Chicago Wine Geek Aug 5, 2010 06:27 PM

                      Sullivan's is perhaps the worst of the steakhouses in Austin, IMHO. And not dry aged. And not Prime.

                      I'd stick to Perry's, Eddie V's and Ruth's Chris.

                      For a truly incredible steak, try Perry's Akashi special. Lots' of $$, but insane steak.

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                        danny_w Aug 5, 2010 08:33 PM

                        Sorry, the one and only time that I ate at Ruth's Chis was horrible, and I'll never go back, not for those prices! IMHO a restaurant that charges those kinds of prices only gets one chance, and they blew it.

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                      MCWoodlands Aug 6, 2010 01:38 PM

                      I called Eddie V's and confirmed that they've actually started offering the Dry-aged Prime Bone-in Ribeye every day! Needless to say, I've made our reservation and am very much looking forward to it. Thanks again for the suggestions!

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                      1. re: MCWoodlands
                        Steven Dilley Aug 7, 2010 02:52 PM

                        Thanks for that. Did they happen to mention how long they dry age them?

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                        Carter B. Aug 9, 2010 08:47 AM

                        Trio at the Four Seasons also offers prime dry-aged (30-days) steaks (and other prime wet-aged steaks). I think I saw a strip and a porterhouse on their menu recently. Our experiences there while expensive have been great.

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                          chispa_c Aug 9, 2010 09:13 AM

                          I REALLY want to check out Trio. I haven't eaten at the Four Seasons in years. Unfortunately my bf travels a great deal and eating dinner at a hotel, when he's home, doesn't have much appeal.

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                            Carter B. Aug 9, 2010 12:59 PM

                            Not to be a ra-ra fan, but Trio doesn't feel too much like a hotel restaurant. It has beautful views of the trees by the river. In fact I noticed the last time we were there it didn't even feel like we were in downtown Austin because though the windows are enormouse you can see very few buildings from the restaurant. The best tables the three booths in the middle of the restaurant that look out towards the patio and beyond. They can seat 4 but often they put 4 people but usually they only put 2 people.

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                          David in Texas Aug 12, 2010 02:05 PM

                          in Austin, as others have mentioned Flemings is very good, so is TRIO.

                          I prefer TRIO over Fleming for the wine list and the level of comfort I feel when speaking with the sommelier who does all he can to make you NOT feel dumb. TRIO is expensive, but they don't miss a thing. Service, presentation, quality...it's faultless.

                          As for Sullivan's I recall reading they wet age their beef.

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