The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Steakhouses

Categories: Meat!, Top 10

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Photo by Tiff_Sin
We heart meat.
With this week's news that meat magnates Ronnie Killen of Killen's Steakhouse and Ricky Craig of Hubcap Grill are teaming up to create a mega-steakhouse, Wonder Twins-style, it seems as good a time as any to examine the steakhouse scene here in Houston. (It should also serve as succor for those carnivores turned off by last week's list of the Top 10 Vegan Restaurants.)

While we're not quite the steakhouse town that we used to be (you can thank the oil boom and, later, the Enron crash for that turn of events), Houston still has some top-notch steaks for those willing to splash out the cash. And believe me -- these are some pricey places. For the cost of one ribeye steak and a side of brussels sprouts at Morton's ($57 before tax and tip), as an example, you could also have a four-course meal at Oxheart and have money left for a glass of wine.

That said, if you're looking for a terrific piece of meat and the swank atmosphere that comes with dining in a luxurious, well-appointed steakhouse -- these are the places to beat right now.

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Photo courtesy of Brenner's
The Blue Bar at Brenner's on the Bayou.
10. Brenner's on the Bayou

The steaks at Brenner's location on Buffalo Bayou are wet-aged, USDA Prime and they're served in a puddle of au jus. It's a smart idea: The meat juice soaks in as you cut each bite, so there's never a chance for dry-tasting meat. But the real allure at Brenner's -- also known as the old Rainbow Lodge location -- is its gorgeous, rustic building and the lush views onto Buffalo Bayou and Brenner's manicured gardens. In the evenings, Brenner's relatively new lounge -- Blue Bar -- is one of the most spectacular patios in town.

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9. Fleming's

USDA Prime steaks are the main attraction here, but there are also plenty of grilled seafood selections and salads. In addition to all the steakhouse standards, Fleming's has its own twists such as a porcini-rubbed filet with grilled asparagus spears and a gorgonzola cream sauce. Sunday's are great for family affairs, when Fleming's serves a prime rib dinner with a trio of sauces, a salad, side and dessert. And with 100 wines by the glass, it's easy to keep everybody happy, no matter what they order for dinner. Most top-end steak houses resemble men's clubs and cater to businessmen on expense accounts, but Fleming's has a softer, more elegant decor designed to appeal to couples.

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Photo courtesy of Perry's
8. Perry's

Although I personally always get the famous pork chop at Perry's, I do realize that it's a steakhouse first and foremost. The first Perry's was opened by Bob Perry in 1979 as purely a butcher shop and is now run personally by his son, Bobby. This original Perry & Sons Market & Grille on Scarsdale Boulevard remains a neighborhood favorite, although its chain offshoots across town are equally popular. Their USDA-aged Prime beef is butchered in-house and cut fresh to order with a few, fun signature items that make Perry's stand out: the Chateaubriand for two that's carved tableside (like the pork chop) and the Southwest filet mignon with applewood-smoked bacon, served with a corn and fig relish.

Location Info

Brenner's on the Bayou

1 Birdsall St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

788 W. Sam Houston Parkway N., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Perry's Steakhouse and Grille

9827 Katy Freeway, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

III Forks

1201 Fannin, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Morton's

1001 McKinney St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Smith & Wollensky

4007 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Killen's Steakhouse

2804 S. Main, Pearland, TX

Category: Restaurant

Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse

5061 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Pappas Bros. Steakhouse

5839 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Vic & Anthony's Steakhouse

1510 Texas St., Houston, TX

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15 comments
youshoulscarenow
youshoulscarenow

Pappas Bros.

How about more on their wine, when reviewing wine; not steaks. Let's learn more about the steaks please.

OUredhedd
OUredhedd

Are you kidding me with 4...count them...4 LANDRY'S restaurants???

I'm so not impressed with your taste buds.  III Forks out of Dallas and have you ever even been to Taste of Texas or Ruth's Chris?

I don't know why the Houston Press insists on keeping you around.  You need your tongue scraped. 

jhs3
jhs3

No Capital Grille? 

twaynewren
twaynewren

That's a great picture of you Katharine.

Kylejack
Kylejack topcommenter

I'm surprised the Taste Of Texas cult hasn't commented yet.

 

Anyway, I love V&A. So much great stuff there that isn't steak. Great beer, too.

Stating_the_Obvious
Stating_the_Obvious

Smith and Wollensky?!?! Were you high? They are a shadow of their former self and the food has gotten so bad they don't open the main dining room most weekends anymore. Steaks are rubbery, seafood isn't fresh, veggies are past their prime, and the only thing they do have going for them is the bar. I don't anticipate them to be in HTown much longer. You also left off The Palm. If you are going to go with an upscale chain, this really should be included.

FattyFatBastard
FattyFatBastard topcommenter

We aren't the steakhouse town we used to be?  The only steakhouses I can think of that closed in the last 2 decades are The Old SF steakhouse, U.R. Cooks, and Steak & Ale, and all of them deserved to die.  What others are no longer around?  (Barbed Rose doesn't count - it was a flash in the pan.)

 

From my perspective, we've grown in Steakhouse talent, albeit we have far more options these days.

Jon Bowers
Jon Bowers

So the guy who fancies himself a food maven because he puts Cheetos on a burger and has hissy fits on social media is opening a steak house. Sounds like a recipe for awesome!

Deer200
Deer200

I am shocked to see Applebee's did not make the cut.

tinyhands
tinyhands

 @OUredhedd Landry's may serve horsemeat disguised as steak, but it's still better than Taste of Texas or Ruth's Chris.

kshilcutt
kshilcutt moderator editor

 @twaynewren That's not me; it's a photo of an anonymous, steak-loving model from our Flickr pool. But thanks!

kshilcutt
kshilcutt moderator editor

 @FattyFatBastard It's the latter part of your statement; we have far more interesting and/or upscale options these days and more people are choosing to splash out at spots like Uchi than a steakhouse.

twaynewren
twaynewren

 @kshilcutt Just kidding.  We have reservations for V&A before Paul McCartney concert.  Can't wait.

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