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The Hit List: We Meat Again!
Robin Barr Sussman | Photo: Courtesy of Vallone's | July 11, 2014
Old-school steakhouses officially have been revived in Houston. Sink your teeth into these meaty newcomers and polished-up palaces for a swanky feast.
1. Known for prime steaks sizzling in butter, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse (5433 Westheimer Rd., 713.840.1433) has a new home, triple the size of the original. Expect a smart, slightly feminine design, a generous lounge with piano, a wine mezzanine, and rooms punctuated with bright oversized works by famous New Orleans “blue dog” artist George Rodrigue.
2. Still-new 60 Degrees Mastercrafted (2300 Westheimer Rd., 713.360.7757) is big on beef, namely, its cut-to-order Akaushi steaks. Pricey, yes—but juicy, tender and beautifully marbled (tip: request no salt). Steakhouse sides of fork-smashed potatoes, sautéed Brussels sprouts and colossal onion rings are splendid, as is the house-ground hamburger.
3. Stalwart The Palm Steakhouse (6100 Westheimer Rd., 713.977.2544) has been completely remodeled. The famous line up of USDA prime steaks remains, but the popular bar has been expanded, rooms are paved with a hand painted Houston-themed mural, and the decor has been replaced. The summer Lobster Dinner for Two special is back through August!
4. Striking Vallone’s (947 N. Gessner Rd., 713.395.6100) is the new place for steak in Memorial and the booming Energy Corridor. We love the sexy lighting, luxe menu and relaxed dress code. Bring your appetite for the showy shellfish tower, the 55-day dry-aged bone-in rib-eye, and impressive wines. Wow!
5. Still the Downtown favorite of movers and shakers, Vic & Anthony’s (1510 Texas St., 713.228.1111) seldom disappoints with food or service. Start with the perfectly chilled towering wedge salad paved in blue cheese crumbles. Pepper-crusted filet mignon, rib-eyes, veal chops and mammoth Porterhouse steaks are mouthwatering beauties cooked on-point.