If there’s one thing Texans do immeasurably well, it’s meat. It would be a shame if we didn’t, considering the massive cattle industry that has dominated much of Texas’s agribusiness since the Lone Star State was still a Spanish colony. In fact, the English word “ranch” originates from the Spanish “rancho.” Today some of the best prime beef cuts are still sold and perfectly prepared in Texas restaurants. Sure, there are national chains like Ruth’s Chris who have been doing steak right for decades, but if you haven’t tried some of these distinctly Texan restaurants, you’re doing yourself a disservice. Here are 10 Texas steak houses you’ve just got to try.
Bartlett’s – Austin
What Austinites now know as Bartlett’s began life as a Houston’s franchise, owned by restauranteur Tim Bartlett. In 2010 Bartlett changed the name of the restaurant and the rest is history. Bartlett’s serves hungry patrons a variety of delicious meals and includes a gluten free menu for guests with gluten sensitivities. The pineapple sesame ginger marinade makes the house ribeye not only juicy but uniquely flavorful. Don’t miss this place.
ALC Steaks (Austin Land & Cattle Co.) – Austin
In an unassuming location at 12th and Lamar in downtown Austin, Austin Land & Cattle (also referred to as ALC Steaks) has been family owned and operated since 1993. Not to be confused with the Plano-based national chain Texas Land and Cattle, ALC Steaks is a one of a kind establishment, only found in Austin.
Bob’s Steak and Chop House – Dallas
A Dallas favorite, Bob’s Steak and Chop House opened in 1993 and has since expanded to Florida, Tennessee, California and Arizona. But here in the Lone Star State, you can choose from one of eight locations throughout Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio and Austin.
Perry’s Steakhouse – Houston
The Houston family meat market that has now exploded to 14 locations in four states started when the Perry family decided to add tables to their already successful meat market. Perry’s steakhouse is now one of the premier purveyors of prime beef in the Lone Star State.
Perini Ranch Steakhouse – Buffalo Gap
Situated in the small town of Buffalo Gap just Southwest of Abilene, Perini Ranch Steakhouse has become something of a Texas phenomenon. Perini Ranch even catered the congressional picnic at the Whitehouse, which is a pretty incredible story in itself, covered by Texas Monthly in 2011.
Bohanan’s Prime Steak & Seafood – San Antonio
Opened in San Antonio by a Texas A&M grad, Bohanan’s combines old world charm with modern cuisine to create an unforgettable steak experience. For a real treat, try the Akaushi steak.
Al Biernat’s Steakhouse – Dallas
Al Biernat’s has been satisfying hungry Dallasites for about 18 years now. The 28 ounce prime rib is a favorite of any carnivore, and there is also the 30 ounce Niman Ranch porterhouse which is ostensibly for two, but this is Texas so no one bats an eye if you want one all to yourself.
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse – Fort Worth
Opened by famed Dallas restauranteur and businessman Dale Wamstad, the phenomenon that is Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse has spread its wings and flown to nine U.S. states and Washington D.C. The original location is here in Texas though, in the city some refer to as the Big D. Wamstad also opened the supremely popular III Forks restaurant.
Brenner’s on the Bayou – Houston
Originally opened in Houston in 1936 by Herman and Lorene Brenner, Brenner’s on the Bayou has maintained a high standard of both food and ambiance, and is a local favorite in Texas’s largest city. The Brenner’s family german heritage is evident in the cuisine offered at Brenner’s, such as the German potatoes and apple strudel. Try the bone-in filet for a juicy and flavorful steak.
Pappas Bros. Steakhouse – Houston
The Pappas brothers are the descendants of Greek born restauranteur H.D. Pappas, who immigrated to the United States in 1897and opened restaurants throughout the American south. His grandsons, Chris and Harris Pappas, opened the first Pappa’s Bros. restaurant in Houston in 1976. Pappas Bros. Steakhouse has been reported to have the best steak in Texas by Texas Monthly.