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TOP 10 STEAKHOUSES IN THE U.S. 2008

The iconoculture of American steakhouses sizzles. Tradition is celebrated through firmly-ensconced menu items and décor, many with a "man's touch," where carnivores are rewarded with bold cuts of aged meat and classic sides like creamed spinach or a gargantuan baked potato. Béarnaise, bordelaise, Rockefeller and Roquefort make appearances, too, often washed down with whiskey or big reds. Today's steakhouse dresses up the classics, both on and off the plate. Contemporary or clubby, the best of the bunch cater to the big, the bold and the hearty appetites, while often accommodating vegetarians and light eaters. Raising the steaks from coast to coast are these A1 steakhouses.


The dining room at David Burke's Primehouse in Chicago, Illinois
David Burke's Primehouse
The JAMES
616 N. Rush St.
Chicago, IL 60611
312-660-6000

Take the whimsical mind of David Burke and put it in a steakhouse. The result: a sanctum for serious meat (with an on-site aging room) and delightfully fun food. Read more.


The exterior of Doe's Eat Place in Greenville, Mississippi
Doe's Eat Place
502 Nelson St.
Greenville, MS 38701
662-334-3315

Don't be fooled by the grocery store facade. Great steaks cut daily await near the Arkansas-Mississippi border. Read more.


The dining room at Elway's Cherry Creek in Denver, Colorado
Elway's Cherry Creek
2500 E. First Ave.
Denver, CO 80206
303-399-5353

Retired Denver Bronco's QB John Elway wins with family-friendly dining where diners can order an enchilada with their bone-in filet. Read more.


The dining room at Finn & Porter in Austin, Texas
Finn & Porter
Hilton Austin
500 E. Fourth St.
Austin, TX 78701
512-493-4900

Steaks from Chicago, a chef who takes wine seriously (there are suggested wine pairings on the menu) and a complete sushi menu to boot. Read more.


A dining area at Gruet Steakhouse in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Gruet Steakhouse
Monte Vista Fire Stn.
3201 Central Ave. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
505-256-9463


What goes best with a great steak? How about great wine? The enterprising Gruet family specializes in both. Read more.


The dining room at Kevin Rathbun Steak in Atlanta, Georgia
Kevin Rathbun Steak
154 Krog St. NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
404-524-5600

Kevin Rathbun turned an old industrial building into an ebullient forum for his first-rate steaks, tasty sides and a red-focused wine list. Read more.

The dining room at Mastro's Steakhouse in Beverly Hills, California
Mastro's Steakhouse
246 N. Cañon Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
310-888-8782


Powerbrokers come for the Prime steaks and porterhouses in veal and lamb. What's not stylish about Sinatra and a sizzling Kansas City strip? Read more.


The dining room at Peter Luger in Brooklyn, New York
Peter Luger
178 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11211
718-387-7400

Established in 1887, this steakhouse serves a timeless Prime porterhouse entrée prepared in a style that has not changed for more than 100 years. Read more.

The dining room at The Prime Rib Restaurant in Baltimore, Maryland
The Prime Rib Restaurant
Horizon House
1101 N. Calvert St.
Baltimore, MD 21202
410-539-1804

A clubby design and moist marbleized meat are the hallmarks of this retro steakhouse circa 1965. Read more.


The dining room at SW Steakhouse in Las Vegas, Nevada
SW Steakhouse
Wynn Las Vegas
3131 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
702-770-3325, 888-320-WYNN

Steve Wynn's interpretation of a steakhouse includes a forest with a water wall on which a light show is presented nightly. Read more.




The dining room of Jean-Georges restaurant in New York City, one of GAYOT's Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S.


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