There’s a reason Houston is full of good steakhouses – we love our beef and all the goodies that accompany it such as creamed spinach, roasted mushrooms and crab-topped asparagus. Here are some recommended steakhouses:
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse
Located inside the bustling Galleria and part of a small high-end chain, Del Frisco’s is all about details. The experience includes attentive service (starting with its crack management team), high-quality ingredients in the hands of a veteran kitchen and a menu of comfort foods. 5061 Westheimer, 713-355-2600.
This lovely oasis of civility built by chef Ronnie Killen certainly is worth seeking out. It may be the most casual fine dining room on the Gulf Coast. While the steaks are the stars, we remember the featured players most vividly: the appetizer of fried asparagus topped with lump crab; the beef tomato salad with bleu cheese and basil; the dreamy creamy spinach; and, for dessert, a crème brûlée bread pudding to die for. 2804 S. Main in Pearland, 281-485-0844.
Laurenzo’s Prime Rib
The handsome dining room in this clubby but comfortable restaurant is decorated with framed sports memorabilia. The menu is dominated by manly fare: prime rib (check out the carving station just past the hostess stand), marinated rib-eyes, burgers with bacon and chiles, and racks of pork ribs. 4412 Washington, 713-880-5111.
Pappas Bros. Steakhouse
In a room as dark and plush and gleaming as a vintage railway car, big men partake of big dry-aged steaks that are among the city’s best, along with big-ticket wines that include interesting premium choices by the glass. The handsome dining counter is a great spot to dawdle over the definitive shrimp rémoulade while watching the scene. 5839 Westheimer, 713-780-7352.
Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille
Old-school service with an attention for detail elevates the dining experience at this Texas-born upscale chain. The menu is old-school, too: seafood towers, wedge salads, creamed spinach and flaming desserts. Sunday brunch is an indulgence, as it should be. A tip – two can share the signature dish, an enormous pork chop that is carved tableside. There are six locations in the Houston area; to find the nearest, visit perrysteakhouse.com.
Taste of Texas
The best feature of this outrageously popular good-value steak house is that you can personally instruct the butcher to cut a rib-eye to your desired thickness. There are good breads, side dishes and grilled shrimp; also a distinguished wine list. 10505 Interstate 10 West, 713-932-6901.
Vic & Anthony’s
Manly steaks, sides that could feed a family and the best calamari on the planet. Even though this upscale Landry’s restaurant is across from Minute Maid Park, the dress code is always enforced. If you ask nicely, though, even ballpark garb may be allowed at the bar. 1510 Texas, 713-228-1111.
Alison Cook contributed to this report.