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10 Best Steak Houses, PLUS 3 Awesome Beef Cookbooks


For those who like to grill at home, check out these great cookbooks featuring beef. And for those who want to enjoy a nice night on the town, check out these 10 great steakhouses.

As a beef producer, I have the luxury of having a deep freezer full of beef at my disposal. As a result, we grill pretty much year-round. But for most folks, May is the month to dust off the grill and start grilling again; luckily, this also coincides with May Beef Month, so it's the perfect time to start talking steak with our consumers.

It's been said that every rancher has his or her own favorite spice rub or the perfect way to grill a ribeye, and at our house, we are no exception. A simple steak with salt and pepper is our favorite, but there are times when we like to change it up a bit. That's when I rely on cookbooks.

Here are my top three favorite cookbooks that feature beef in their pages:

1. "Open Range: Steaks, Chops & More From Big Sky Country" by Jay Bentley and Patrick Dillon. This beautiful hardcover book was inspired by the cowboys of Montana. With recipes like Asian Beef & Sesame Salad, Memphis Style Dry-Rub Beef Ribs, Backyard Blackened New York Steaks, and Campfire Coffee Chili, you really can’t go wrong. The book is currently priced at $22.09 and can be ordered here.

2. "The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food From My Frontier" by Ree Drummond. This is the second in Drummond's cookbook series, and you can watch many of her recipes come alive on her popular cooking show on the Food Network. If you like butter and want to indulge in some rich eats, check out her Steakhouse Pizza, Mushroom Swiss Sliders with Spicy Fry Sauce, Whiskey-Mustard Meatballs and Sesame Beef Noodle Salad. Priced at $18.57, you can order here.

3. "The Healthy Beef Cookbook" by the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, American Dietetic Association, Chef Richard Chamberlain and Betsy Hornick, MS, RD. This cookbook is well used at my place, with many pages for repeat use. I love the Mojo Beef Kabobs, Meatloaf with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Basil & Parmesan, and Stir-Fry Orange Beef Lettuce Cups. Score a copy here for $16.12 or buy the Kindle version for $14.99.

Now, if you just want to relax from a hard work week and let others do the cooking for you, Fox News recently compiled a list of the top steakhouses across the country including:

1. Bern's Steak House: Tampa, FL

2. Gordon Ramsay Steak: Las Vegas, NV

3. Quality Meats: New York, NY

4. CUT: Beverly Hills, CA

5. Bavette's Bar & Boeuf: Chicago, IL

6. Alexander's Steakhouse: Cupertino, CA

7. Grill 225: Charleston, SC

8. Killen's Steakhouse: Pearland, TX

9. ROAST: Detroit, MI

10. Kayne Prime, Nashville, TN

I personally haven't experienced any of these steakhouses, but from the descriptions, they sound incredible.

Do you have any cookbook, recipe or restaurant suggestions to add to this list? Share your best in the comments section below. Do you have a story to tell on the best steak you ever had?


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Discuss this Blog Entry 17

Janna Stubbs (not verified)
on Mar 26, 2013

Absolute BEST steak in the world, Cattlemens Steakhouse, FABENS, TX, USA, way out west, it's like cotton candy and just melts in your mouth!!

on Mar 26, 2013

Thanks for the suggestion! I love a tender steak!

Anonymous (not verified)
on Mar 26, 2013

In Atlanta it is New York Prime. Not only the best steak but by far the BEST service anywhere!

on Mar 27, 2013

I've never been to Atlanta, but if I ever get there, you can bet I'm going to try it!

on Mar 26, 2013

The best Steak House I've ever found (and I've tried lots of them) is the grill on the patio on the east side of my wife's kitchen. Funny, it's the same kitchen my mother cooked in for 50 years and still does on occasion. There's nothin' like livin' with gals that can "really" cook!

on Mar 27, 2013

What a great compliment to your wife! There's something about grilling your own piece of beef that's sure hard to beat!

Keith Evans (not verified)
on Mar 26, 2013

There are many great steak houses. I have eaten at a few, mostly back when I was on expense account. But you don't have to mortgage the ranch to enjoy a wonderful steak.

Here's how I do it. Start with a whole, well marbled strip loin in its sealed plastic wrap. I prefer Certified Angus Beef but any USDA high Choice or Prime is fine.

Age it in your refrigerator for at least two weeks, preferably for a month. Remove from the plastic and with a really sharp knife, cut steaks at least an inch and a quarter thick. Keep a couple in the refrigerator to use within a few days. Wrap and freeze the rest in a freezer that doesn't self defrost.

With steak at room temperature coat with a little lemon pepper salt and garlic salt. Heat the grill to about 400 degrees and cook to medium rare. Use an instant read thermometer or the touch method. Let the cooked steak rest for about five minuted before cutting.

After the first bite your guests will think you are a genius. I never refute their evaluation.

Keith Evans

on Mar 27, 2013

I love the step-by-steps here, Keith. I don't usually age my steaks (usually too impatient to eat them! ha!). I've heard that really adds to the flavor.

Michael Jay (not verified)
on Mar 26, 2013

You need to try Lindey's Steak House in Arden Hills, Mn., I have brought Cattlemen from all over the U.S., there when we used to show at the Mn. State Fair, up until a couple of years ago that was the only thing they served, now they have fish & chicken. It's just the Best. tried other S

on Mar 27, 2013

My husband's family is from MN, and we usually make it up to the MN State Fair each year. I'm going to have to keep this one in mind for this year! Thanks for the tip!

Gary Collins (not verified)
on Mar 26, 2013

I raise and eat beef.....I've traveled to 49 states over the last 20 years and experienced many eateries. However Bern's Steakhouse in Tampa is the superb best for flavor ,freshness and service . Good advice is to go with someone that you can converse on the experience for years to come

on Mar 27, 2013

I totally agree, Gary! One of my favorite steak experiences was at a Ruth's Chris Steak House in Washington, D.C. It wasn't the steak that made it special though -- although it was pretty darn good (the hot plates, sizzling butter on a medium rare ribeye mmm) -- it was spending the evening with a relative after a long summer of being away from home for my summer internship out there. The conversation was as rich as the meal, and that's what made it great!

Jim Casler (not verified)
on Mar 26, 2013

You are all making my mouth water!

John R. Dykers, Jr. (not verified)
on Mar 27, 2013

Calhoun's Steak House on the Tennessee River near Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn. I will buy/sell Charolais in Knoxville, just to go to Calhoun;s!
At home, a Charlean Ribeye, or NY Strip, or Filet Mignon, Zatarains Creole Seasoning on each side, and George Foreman grill hot for 4 minutes.
Wow! New Hope Farm, Siler City , NC
John Will Headen 919-200-3549

on Mar 27, 2013

Sounds great, John! Adding this one to my list!

Anonymous (not verified)
on Mar 27, 2013

We were treated like royalty at Alexanders in Cupertino, CA. It was totally awesome!

on Mar 27, 2013

I love it when great customer service comes with a great mail! Thanks for the suggestion!

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