Arguably the best bang for your buck. This popular Brazilian based churrascaria chain boasts an all-you-can-eat meat feast for around $50 per person, which features more than a dozen fire-roasted meats served tableside by Brazilian trained gaucho chefs. And it doesn't stop there. Diners also have free reign to a massive salad bar filled with the likes of charcuterie, imported cheeses, smoked salmon, feijoada (a traditional black bean stew) and more. Oh, and did we mention they load you up on side dishes of caramelized bananas, mashed potatoes, fried polenta and Brazilian cheese rolls too? To complement your food, a caipirinha (the national cocktail of Brazil) is an absolute must.
Recommended for Steakhouses because: Fogo de Chao is a venerable mecca for meat-eaters.
Ilene's expert tip: Weekday Happy Hour at Bar Fogo features $4 Brazilian Bites & Beers, $6 South American Wines and $8 Brazilian-Inspired Cocktails. Note that there are three Fogo de Chao locations in the metroplex.
Pay no attention to the name. Sure, it's got terrific seafood, but Eddie V's knocks out some seriously superb cuts of meat as well. Dry-aged for 28 days and broiled at 1,200 degrees to seal in the juices, the bone-in New York strip au Poivre and the center cut filet mignon are must-tries, as are amped-up sides like butter-poached lobster mashed potatoes. Dessert options include bananas foster butter cake, flambéed tableside and served with butter pecan ice cream. Come early for happy hour and live jazz in the lounge.
Recommended for Steakhouses because: Eddie V's is the best place to go for a fancy steak dinner with non-flesh eaters in tow.
Ilene's expert tip: Discounted bites plus $8 cocktails and wine are on offer during Happy Hour, from 4-10 p.m. Sunday and Monday and from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.
Channeling a 1940's Chicago style chophouse, chef Kenny Bowers' eponymous restaurant proves that you don't have to break the bank for a supremely luscious piece of meat. Cooked over a hickory wood-burning grill, options include rib-eyes covered in garlicky mushrooms, filet mignons with Roquefort-bacon walnut butter and NY strips loaded with sautéed onions, mushrooms and cheddar cheese. The best part? Everything on the menu rings in at $37 or less. Oh, and all main courses come with a side (think smoked Gouda mac-n-cheese with white truffle oil). Don't miss the martinis, they make them from a signature frozen tap system.
Recommended for Steakhouses because: Kenny's is the best place to grab a high-quality steak and seafood without paying a high price for it.
Ilene's expert tip: Make sure to mention if you are celebrating a special occasion, there may be a surprise in store for you.
This Uptown spot is a magnet for carnivores, and for good reason. The menu features around half a dozen cuts of beef and seven varieties of Japanese Wagyu, all of which can be enriched with decadent toppings like foie gras hollandaise and bone marrow gravy. While the main attraction here is steak, the kitchen also churns out a stellar selection of sushi and seafood, not to mention knockout sides and spectacular desserts. The 450-selection strong wine list isn't too shabby either. And the complimentary caviar is worth a trip on its own.
Recommended for Steakhouses because: When you're due for a meat-up, Nick and Sam's is a carnivore's dream.
Ilene's expert tip: Nick and Sam's offers complimentary valet parking.
With its location on the twenty-seventh floor of the Hilton Anatole hotel, the views from SER (pronounced sear) are, as you might expect, stunning. And if the views alone don't wow you, then the food surely will. Here, carnivores can pick from a mesquite-grilled lineup that runs from bone-in ribeyes to wagyu filets, all of which can be supported with a variety of embellishments, including brown sugar bacon and South African lobster tails. Don't forget to add sides like caramelized Brussels sprouts or poutine, and be sure to save room for the volcano chocolate cake at the end.
Recommended for Steakhouses because: SER is the perfect place for date nights and special celebrations.
Ilene's expert tip: Note that SER has a business casual dress code. Be sure to have your valet parking ticket validated before leaving.
A longstanding favorite among A-list celebs and local luminaries, Al Biernat's impresses with top-notch service, an extensive wine list (650-selection) and a menu that keeps on giving. We're talking flawlessly executed steaks ranging from wet and dry-aged N.Y. strips to cowboy cut ribeyes, prime rib and melt-in-your-mouth Japanese A5 Kobe beef. And though steaks are the biggest draw, the restaurant also features everything from fresh seafood to wild game. Of course, your credit card is sure to get a battering here, but when you seek the best of the best, this is the place to go.
Recommended for Steakhouses because: Along with top-notch food, Al Biernat's is a good spot to spot celebrities.
Ilene's expert tip: Score ½ price bar bites plus $2 off cocktails and wine during Happy Hour, from 3-7 p.m. Sunday-Friday.
We can't think of a more fitting backdrop to savor a juicy steak dinner than at a restaurant fashioned after a late 19th century Texas saloon. The headlining act of executive chef Matt Ford's menu is a spectacular 32 oz prime porterhouse which undergoes both a wet and dry aging process to produce a deeply rich flavor. Other choice picks include an 8 oz. buffalo tenderloin and a 10 oz. platinum wagyu flatiron served with bourguignon sauce and Yukon Gold potato purée. Make sure to factor in an order of cast-iron cornbread, and whiskey-caramel-laced banana pudding for dessert.
Recommended for Steakhouses because: Billy Can Can is where to go when you want to enjoy terrific food and drinks in a casually upscale atmosphere.
Ilene's expert tip: Score half-price on Texas wines, Texas beers and most Texas spirits during Texas Tea Happy Hour, Monday through Friday from 5 to 7 p.m.
Celebrity chef John Tesar's swanky meat mecca inside the Highland Dallas hotel is an example of a steakhouse concept completely reinvented. Sure, you can still find classic steaks like filet mignons and sirloins as well as a 32 ounce, 240-day aged Niman Ranch ribeye priced at $220. But not everything on the menu will burn a hole through your wallet. More affordable options include a flavorful lineup of new school cuts such as culottes, tri-tips, flat irons and chuck flaps which you can snag for around $30 a piece. Don't sleep on the burgers here either, they're rated among some of the best in the state.
Recommended for Steakhouses because: Knife is the ideal go-to option for an elevated dining experience that'll please a crowd.
Ilene's expert tip: Snag Mojitos for only $7 every Monday from 4-7 p.m.
James Beard award-winning chef Dean Fearing's namesake restaurant in the swanky Ritz Carlton has long been known for its elevated American cuisine, but since adding a line of Texas sourced Wagyu/Angus steaks, it's now become a hub for phenomenal beef. Featured slabs include ribeyes, prime strip loins and prime-plus filet mignons which are grilled to perfection over live-fire mesquite and served with house-made sauces like a molasses-based West Texas mop and béarnaise. There's also achiote glazed antelope and maple-black peppercorn buffalo tenderloin plus a slew of sides like chicken-fried Maine lobster and lump crab mac-and-cheese. Wash it all down with Dean's signature margarita and save space for the miniature fried pecan pies with maple bourbon ice cream.
Recommended for Steakhouses because: Fearing's is where to go for killer steaks that literally melt in your mouth.
Ilene's expert tip: Free guacamole and mini margaritas are on offer at 6 p.m. in the hotel lobby. Also, find $7 cocktail specials in the bar during Happy Hour, Monday â" Friday from 4â" 6 p.m. and Sunday â" Thursday from 10 p.m. â" 12 a.m. Valet parking is complimentary for guests at Fearing's.
When it comes to steakhouses, this family-owned chain hailing from Houston is widely considered one of the ultimate temples of meat. In fact, its 32-ounce New York strip ranked third on Food Network's list of top five steaks in America. USDA Prime steaks are sourced from a single packer in the Midwest, butchered in-house and dry-aged for a minimum of 28 days. Then with a smattering of kosher salt and black pepper, the meat is seared on Montague broilers and finished off with a slab of butter. In addition to the standard beef offerings, find a rack of lamb, lobster and a host of classic sides alongside a selection of over 3,900 award-winning wines.
Recommended for Steakhouses because: Pappas Bros goes beyond the basics with quality prime steaks, solid sides and one of the best wine programs in the country.
Ilene's expert tip: Pappas keeps a few tables open in the bar for walk-ins. Be sure to check the website calendar to find out about special wine, beer and spirit events.