Buzz Munch Steakhouses are those meat eaters paradises that make your brain buzz and your stomach howl when you think of them. This issue we are featuring the 5 best local steakhouses we could find from around the USA.
Las Vegas – Bazaar Meat by José Andrés
This massive lodge-like space has an amazing viewing area sectioned off where it displays cured meats, plus a showcase of wood grills and rotisseries. The space is decorated with hunting motif murals, alligator heads, antler chandeliers and chairs with images of animals wearing sunglasses.
The dishes are designed to be shared, such as the croquetas de jamón with creamy béchamel filling; a bagels and lox cone composed of dill cream cheese and salmon roe; or Ferran Adrià liquid olives. Steaks come out sliced to share, like the 16-ounce Châteaubriand tenderloin accompanied by a red wine and truffle Perigord sauce and pomme soufflé. A not-to-be-missed side is the Robuchon potatoes crafted with butter, butter, more butter and potatoes. The creative cuisine is complemented by Zarabanda, a food-friendly saison/farmhouse ale made exclusively for Andrés’ restaurants by Deschutes Brewery; 500 bottles of wine and sherry from around the world. Desserts change seasonally and may include salted caramel candy, lemon meringue tart, and milk chocolate and hazelnut cream puff.
Bazaar Meat by José Andrés
Sahara Las Vegas
2535 S. Las Vegas Blvd. (W. Sahara Ave.)
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Los Angeles – Chianina Steakhouse
Chianina Steakhouse is named after the Italian breed of cattle originally used for bistecca alla fiorentina. Comfortable seating at the bar greets guests for creative cocktails, a simplified bar menu or full menu should they choose. The dining room is dim and with recording studio soundproofing materials on the walls and ceiling diners are afforded some peace and quiet.
Thoughtful touches like these, along with professional service, contribute to a pleasant experience. An effort is made to source ingredients, such as salad greens from Farm Lot 59, an organic farm in nearby Signal Hill. Starters include crispy pork belly, roasted bone marrow and a variety of oysters. The restaurant teamed up with a domestic rancher to raise its own Chianina herd, which provides an exclusive source for this high-quality beef. In addition, Piedmontese and Prime steaks are offered with various sauces. The bone-in rib-eye is a particularly fine choice; pair it with the Yukon gratin and mushrooms with thyme. Don’t miss out on the banana pudding with macadamia nut crumble. An ample wine list rounds out the great food.
5716 E. Second St. (Ravenna Dr.) Send to Phone
Long Beach, CA 90803
Dallas – Knife
Chef John Tesar presents his modern take on the steakhouse at The Highland Dallas. Watch the chefs in action from a seat at the green-tiled counter facing the open kitchen, or settle into one of the booths or tables. The adjacent lounge serves the full menu, while the patio attracts patrons with its cozy outdoor fireplace.
Tesar utilizes Texas-raised, all-natural beef at this upscale steakhouse boasting a wide variety of specialty cuts alongside signature C-Vap cooked burgers. Dinner choices also ballyhoo chicken, lamb and pork, and charcuterie. Bacon-crusted bone marrow and caviar are highlights as well, and if you have a bone to pick with meat, there are plenty of alternatives. Knife features vegetarian entrées, fresh seafood, pastas, seasonal salads and raw bar selections, too. Meanwhile, the wine roster is vast and varied, and the bartenders are more than adept at slinging cocktails. Desserts might include “Chocolate & Coffee,” composed of dark chocolate coffee ganache, whipped milk chocolate crémeux, chocolate sponge and milk chocolate-coffee ice cream. Knife rolls out a tasty Sunday brunch that highlights Tesar’s breakfast goods.
The Highland Dallas, Curio Collection by Hilton
5300 E. Mockingbird Ln. (N. Central Expy.)
Dallas, TX 75206
Atlanta – McKendrick’s Steak House
For more than 20 years, McKendrick’s Steak House has been regarded as one of Atlanta’s best fine dining restaurants. Serving prime aged steaks and the freshest seafood, paired with savory sides and an award-winning wine list, mouth-watering flavors and consistent personal service keep locals and visitors alike coming back to this locally owned establishment.
The bone-in filet, once an occasional special, now is a regular selection, although the rib-eye provides the rich, beefy flavor we enjoy as well. If dining with a chum, consider sharing the porterhouse steak. Contemplate, too, the crab cakes, the soft-shell crabs when in season, tempura lobster, oysters Rockefeller or any of several fish dishes. For lunch, smaller steaks at smaller prices rule, but the burger, a glorious indulgence of quality meat, bacon and cheese, is worth a trip. Everything is à la carte, even the béarnaise sauce for your steak, so bring your gold card. Those who eschew meat may dine on a fine array of well-prepared vegetables or opt for a salad. Desserts are all made in-house; we recommend the Key lime pie. McKendrick’s is located in a pleasant park-like shopping center across from Perimeter Mall.
McKendrick’s Steak House – Park Place
4505 Ashford Dunwoody Rd. (Abernathy Rd.) Send to Phone
Atlanta, GA 30346
Denver – Guard and Grace
Chef-owner Troy Guard (TAG, TAG Burger Bar, Bubu and more) is a cut above the rest. Guard and Grace is outfitted with a soaring walk-in wine cellar, chef’s counter overlooking a huge open kitchen, posh lounge and raw bar, is a sight to behold, as are the starters, side dishes and slabs of steer.
Appetizers include fresh oysters; oak-fired octopus jazzed up with a white bean and celery salad; house-cured pork belly and carrots sharing space with herb yogurt and crumbles of pistachio. A filet mignon flight measuring four ounces each of Prime, grass-fed and Angus beef, while the beautifully seasoned bone-in rib-eye is a head-turner on every level. Side dishes include foraged mushrooms, loaded baked potatoes and crispy Brussels sprouts. For dessert, don’t miss the sticky toffee cake. The 3000 bottle wine room is sophisticated yet approachable. The prices are lofty but it’s easily one of the most notable wine lists in the city.
Guard and Grace
1801 California St. (18th St.) Send to Phone
Denver, CO 80202