The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Steakhouses
3. Del Frisco's Double Eagle
Photo courtesy of Del Frisco's
From the day construction began, Del Frisco's set out to be the top steak house in Houston. The 13,000-square-foot Galleria location is a copy of the 17,000-square-foot Del Frisco's in Manhattan. The walls are mahogany, the floors are Brazilian slate and the grand light fixtures are made from Spanish alabaster and cost $75,000 apiece. The total bill for the finish-out was reported to be more than $11 million. The food isn't cheap, either, with a nearly $90 Wagyu longbone rounding out the upper portion of the menu. But it's not the quality of the steaks that puts Del Frisco's above its competitors. It's the service -- only three tables per waiter, which is an astonishing ratio. And the "customer first" attitude is a stark contrast to the run-up-the-bill scams encountered at some other steak houses.
2. Pappas Bros. Steakhouse
Photo courtesy of Pappas Bros. Steakhouse Dry-aged heaven awaits you at Pappas Bros.
Pappas Bros. boasts massive USDA Prime, dry-aged steaks, a plush atmosphere and a special cigar lounge where you can enjoy expensive cognacs and big fat stogies after dinner. There is really very little else in town that can compare when it comes to smooth, old-school charm and elegance than Pappas Bros. Steakhouse. The steakhouse prides itself on a wine list loaded with rare old wines, such as an 1811 Château d'Yquem listed for $30,000, but you can find a decent vintage of Bordeaux or Burgundy for a couple hundred dollars thanks to talented sommelier Steven McDonald. But bring a big appetite and an even bigger expense account -- the cheapest steak on the menu is $43.
1. Vic & Anthony's
Upon entering Vic & Anthony's, it becomes immediately evident why so many out-of-towners and VIPs pick it as their dining destination in Houston.
Not only is Vic & Anthony's currently the city's best steakhouse, it's one of the best all-around restaurants in Houston, period. The charmingly old-school service is exemplary, the dining rooms are lushly appointed and lavishly handsome, the food is always impeccable -- hell, even the piano player in the dark, loungey bar is fantastic. A trip to Vic & Anthony's always feels like a vacation, especially if food is your destination. Indulge in a beautiful filet mignon or ribeye topped with bone marrow bordelaise, or split a porterhouse for two and save room for V&A's equally prime sides such as creamed corn or au gratin potatoes.
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