This article is not for vegetarians, although they might be able to find a suitable dish or two in these menus. This article is for meat lovers, and what better place to find some meaty goodness than in the Midwest? From classic steakhouses to contemporary establishments, The Culture Trip has curated a list, in no particular order, of some of the best steakhouses found throughout the Midwest.
A true classic and multi-award winning establishment in Indianapolis, St. Elmo Steak House has been delighting discerning diners for generations since first opening in 1902. Even though it has changed hands a few times and undergone renovations, it continues to attract the masses with its elegant yet inviting atmosphere along with its juicy steaks, chops, chicken, and seafood. Be sure to arrive hungry as the menu offers a range of hearty steaks, including a 28-ounce porterhouse, 20-ounce bone-in cowboy rib eye, and 21-ounce pork chops. Add on a side dish or two, such as a loaded baked potato, creamed spinach, and king crab mac ‘n’ cheese, and you have a truly satisfying meal. Be sure to check out their extensive drinks menu as well.
As stated on their website, The Majestic Restaurant is ‘a classic Kansas City steakhouse and jazz club,’ featuring music seven days a week. Tucked inside the historic Fitzpatrick Saloon Building, the most recent incarnation of this steakhouse has been satisfying meat lovers since 2009. The interior is beautiful with a hint of sophistication, providing an ideal spot to savor the tender Kansas City steaks on offer, including a filet mignon, KC strip, and rib eye. Complementary sides are available, such as rice pilaf, steamed broccoli, and twice-baked potatoes, along with an impressive drinks menu with wine, beer, and handcrafted cocktails.
Nestled inside an 1880s building — one of the oldest in Minneapolis — Murray’s has been serving delicious steaks since 1946. Started by Art and Marie Murray, the legendary establishment is still run by the family; specifically, three of Art and Marie’s grandchildren. Whether a romantic outing or a family celebration, the environment at Murray’s is perfect for any occasion. For a truly decadent meal, order the Silver Butter Knife Steak for two, which features a 28-ounce strip sirloin carved table-side, along with a side of au gratin potatoes and asparagus. To complement the meal, order a cocktail, a glass or bottle of wine, and finish with something sweet.
With two locations in Cleveland, plus one in Miami Beach, Red, The Steakhouse is a hip restaurant that has received numerous accolades, including being named one of the Top Ten Steakhouses in the USA. The interior showcases a beautiful combination of sleek and modern accents, and the venue also features a lovely rooftop area perfect for socializing during the summer months. As for the delectable fare, the menu offers a range of Aged USDA Prime steaks along with Aged Certified Angus Beef, plus a host of side dishes. The drinks on offer are equally impressive.
Signature steak | Courtesy of Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse
Although Jeff Ruby has several steakhouses, Jeff Ruby’s Precinct in Cincinnati was the first one he opened. Established in 1981, this restaurant calls a turn-of-the-century, charming building — the former Cincinnati Police Patrol House Number Six — home. A landmark culinary destination to say the least, this fine-dining gem entices everyone from families to celebrities to businesspeople. Steak lovers will be impressed with their choice of USDA Prime steaks, including the dry aged center-cut porterhouse, the petite filet mignon, and peppercorn-crusted filet to name a few. The Precinct also offers a 14-page wine list plus an array of beer and handcrafted beverages.
Interior of Five O'Clock Steakhouse | Courtesy of Five O'Clock Steakhouse
Chicago‘s Gibsons Bar and Steakhouse is a true gem of a steakhouse attracting everyone from locals to out-of-towners to celebrities — check out the restaurant’s celebrity wall, which is plastered with photos of the famous guests who have dined there. The dining room is classic, decked out with banquet seating, booths, and regular chairs, in addition to medium and dark woods. Highlights from the menu include the 24-ounce bone-in sirloin, 14-ounce filet mignon, and the gigantic 48-ounce porterhouse. Side dishes include the baked sweet potato, Brussels sprouts with maple bourbon butter and bacon, and sautéed spinach. A meal at this award-winning steakhouse wouldn’t be complete without something from the expansive wine list.
A family-owned venue since 1948, Five O’Clock Steakhouse (once known as Coerper’s Five O’Clock Club) has garnered numerous accolades, including being on Rachael Ray’s list of ‘One of America’s Best Steakhouses.’ Serving nothing but the best, succulent steaks, plus mouthwatering seafood, the Milwaukee restaurant offers guests a welcoming, spacious atmosphere in which to feast upon a host of entrées. Must-try options include the filet Oscar, the bacon-wrapped filet with bleu cheese topping and parmesan cream sauce, and the bone-in filet mignon. Be sure to pop into the Alley Cat Lounge as well to listen to live music every Friday.
Recently voted as one of best steakhouses in the 2015 ‘Best of Omaha’ contest, Mahogany Prime Steakhouse is a fine-dining yet casual restaurant with three locations in Oklahoma, and one in Omaha. Serving a range of US Prime Midwestern beef, this steakhouse also offers a selection of fine wines and exceptional service that will impress everyone. Highlights from the menu include the double-cut lamb chops, filet tips with wild mushroom sauce and chive-whipped potatoes, the 14-ounce bone-in filet, and the eponymous Mahogany chicken. Complement the entrées with side dishes such as onion rings, sweet glazed carrots, and fresh asparagus with hollandaise.
A steakhouse with a French spin, Bavette’s Bar & Boeuf opened in Chicago in 2012, delighting customers with its unique take on a traditional steakhouse. A venue perfect for a celebration with friends and family or a romantic outing, the establishment is versatile, complete with exposed brick walls and red booths, and the food is exquisite with something to tantalize any meat lover. The menu features an array of mouthwatering options, but for steaks, the classic rib eye with béarnaise sauce and steak salt, and the bone-in filet mignon are two great choices. Entrées may also be enhanced with sides like butternut squash with bourbon gastrique and sage, or the wild mushrooms. The drinks list is also top notch.
If you’re looking for a delicious steakhouse in a home-style environment, then look no further than Citizen Kane’s Steak House in the heart of Kirkwood, Missouri. Tucked inside a turn-of-the-century Victorian house, Citizen Kane’s is a great place to visit for a relaxing meal with family and friends. For dinner, start out with some flavorful sautéed mushrooms with wine, garlic and herbs, before tucking into an entrée of tenderloin medallions with a choice of sauce and a side dish. For something sweet, the caramel Kahlua flan is a winner. A great wine list is also available.