Food culture in Philadelphia has always been a big deal. There are many types of popular food that Philadelphia is known for. There’s the simple hoagie, which is the official sandwich of the state. There’s also the famous Philly cheesesteak, of course. Philadelphia is also known as the birthplace of the American pretzel, so there’s that. And what’s a bagel without some cream cheese—Philadelphia cream cheese to be exact? Regardless of what you eat there, you can’t go to Philadelphia without going to a steakhouse and enjoying a nice cut. Here are the top five steakhouses in the state that will surely get your meat cravings satisfied.
1. Butcher and Singer
If you think old Hollywood is unusual in Philadelphia, check out this steakhouse and see for yourself. The charm alone is undeniable. You’ll feel like you’ve disappeared into a completely different era, but this place is more than just its looks. You really will be wowed by the food—an assortment of steaks and chops and sides that you will just devour. If you’re feeling seafood at all, you can enjoy quality lobster on its own. They even serve a few classics such as Shrimp and Crab Louie. For a completely unique experience, make a reservation at Butcher and Singer and indulge yourself in their impressive menu because you wouldn’t know which items you’ll eat first.
2. Barclay & Prime
For a completely modern boutique feel, head on over to Barclay & Prime for a completely European dining experience. When you go to Barclay & Prime, you'll never get bored as your eyes will immediately feast on all the bright colors of the decor around you. As you open your menu for the first time, you'll notice a few subtle twists that might intrigue you or scare you a bit. Don't fret. Trust that every single menu item from this restaurant has been well-thought of. Pick a cut of their dry-aged beef, then try a different cut for your next visit. If you have room enough for it, don't forget to order some desserts just because.
3. The Prime Rib
You can't ever go wrong with going for a traditional steakhouse anytime you're feeling like having some iron. The Prime Rib literally refers to themselves as "The Civilized Steakhouse." It's not that you're being safe; you're just being sure about the kind of steaks you're going to get, and if you go with The Prime Rib, you know you'll get some of the tastiest and juiciest cuts of meat ever. You'll also get quite an impressive selection to accompany your steaks: seafood, salads, soups, and much more. Make sure to look into the wine list as well to get a fine bottle of red. You won't regret it.
4. Urban Farmer Philadelphia
Local and organic--these are words now that we never thought would associate our cuts of meat, ever, but here we are. Most of us have a preference for how we want our steaks cooked, but there are some of us who also care about how our steaks are sourced. Urban Farmer Philadelphia will give you meats that are locally and organically soft. In fact, everything about this restaurant has been carefully thought of and delivered. Head on over to Logan Square to check this place out while supporting the local businesses.You won't only get to help out; you'll also get an amazing meal out of it.
5. The Capital Grille
The Capital Grille may be a franchise, but don't get fooled by the generic menu. Everything in this place tastes amazing. Their dry-aged steaks have been perfected through time and through different locations, and you'll certainly won't regret ordering a nice hefty cut. They have a great selection of seafood appetizers to get you going as well. Other than that, menu items are a good mix of land or sea favorites that your entire family will surely enjoy. They even host private events, so turn it into a party and enjoy your meals like no other. Next thing you know, you'll be checking out where the other Capital Grilles are in your area or anywhere you might be throughout the entire nation. They're just that good.
Written by Garrett Parker
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