When you think of steak, you’re probably not necessarily thinking of Los Angeles in any way, especially when it comes to old school classic steakhouses. However, LA is not known to back down from a challenge, and it seems that recent years have witnessed the development of enough great steakhouses to put LA on the meat map. If you’re craving the best cuts of meat in LA, you’re not short on choices that lead you to national steakhouse chains. There are plenty of unique LA offerings that will satisfy your iron cravings. Here are the five best steakhouses in LA you should check out soon as you can.
Everyone at one point in his or her life should get to experience high-end steakhouse dining, and there’s no better way to do that than in Boa. The décor is modern fancy and the atmosphere is glamorous given its location, but the true stars in this establishment are the cuts. They offer a classic steakhouse menu with an LA twist (did you need gluten-free?). You can choose among many house made rubs and sauces to compliment your 40-day dry aged strip, your bone-in rib eye, or even your perfected Wagyu cut. Be prepared to dress up, though, because you might be dining with some very important persons (and also because of the dress code).
Pacific Dining Car
If you’re looking for an LA restaurant with a classic New York steakhouse feel, this is the place to be. The dining room alone is enough to conjure up images and feelings of old school 50s flare, and the menu definitely reflects it. Nothing less could be expected from this Downtown LA staple that’s been around since 1921. The fact that their restaurant is open 24 hours is enough to say about this establishment. They offer it all. They offer full traditional breakfast and lunch offerings. They do afternoon teas by appointment. They offer classic dinner options and an impressive late night menu. Their desserts are never to be ignored, and they even have a delivery service. Did we forget to mention that they currently have a 97c hamburger special to commemorate their 97 years in the business?
Modern and absolutely American—that’s exactly what you could expect from Top Chef Masters contestant Suzanne Tracht, who is the brain and hands behind the brilliance of Jar. Don’t get us wrong; the restaurant may be modern, but you’ll never feel hungry with dinner options such as their Prime Rib-Eye and other great American fares such as their Signature Pot Roast and Kansas City steak. The menu may be small, but the culinary experience you’ll get on your palette is something worthy of a visit or two or more. This is also a great place to host an event or a party—the ambiance is just right and the food will never let you down.
Nick and Stef’s
They have a meat locker that’s the envy of many, but a good meat locker is nothing if no one is around to cook the meats in it. Thankfully, Nick and Stef’s know just how to do it right, and their eclectic menu is a reflection of their style. This is the type of restaurant where you can still ask your chef to make your steak “Oscar style.” You might think it is passé, but there’s nothing better than the sweetness of crab along with a savory cut of a strip. You’ll never look at this menu and know what you want right away. Everything looks good and everything is what you’ll want.
If you’re looking for something else other than an American chophouse, there’s no better way to go than to an Italian steakhouse. This is the type of restaurant that satisfies the hungry mouths at Condé Nast while keeping the environment advocates happy at the same time. Chi Spacca’s menu reads like any fine Italian restaurants, but its macelleria portion is just heavenly to say the least. With offerings such as dry-aged bone-in 50oz porterhouse, a beef and bone marrow pie, roasted Petaluma chicken, seared liverwurst, and roasted amberjack collars, you really can’t go wrong. Don’t forget the infamous tomahawk porkchop that’s the stuff of dreams. It’s the one thing on the menu that you’d have to get at least once in your lifetime.
Written by Garrett Parker
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