True, The Big Easy may well be most famous for its gumbos & étouffées, but that’s only because The Big Easy’s gumbos & étouffées are freaking amazing to a level that's virtually impossible to find elsewhere. She also has her fair share of incredible steakhouses, so whether you’re looking for Vegas-style glitz, old-school charm, or a big-name/big-talent chef at the range, here’s your power-ranked guide to the greatest places in New Orleans to get an honest hunk of beef.
8. Charlie’s Steakhouse
Talk about old-school. Opened in 1932, Charlie’s is the kind of place your grandpa went to after having a good day over at the horse track. Where you literally DO NOT get a menu, because you should already know that there are only four options: T-bone, strip, ribeye, or filet, brought to you sizzling on ancient, dented metal trays. Like it should be.
7. Crescent City Steakhouse
It may not sport a TV-show-hosting celebrity chef at the helm, but this joint is well known by four generations of New Orleanians to be the real deal. Want some steak with your melted butter, NOLA-style? This is the place for you. Pack the Lipitor.
6. Mr. John’s Steakhouse
Okay, when you go to a steakhouse, you usually go for steak, right? Well, sometimes you want to change it up and still stay classy, which is where Mr. John’s comes in. The prime steaks are great, of course, but the twin-broiled lobster tails are the kind of straight-up deliciousness that other restaurants just don't do.
5. Galatoire’s 33 Bar and Steak
A newcomer on the steakhouse scene in NOLA, 33 arrives already steeped in history, being the sister restaurant to the famous Galatoire’s
, a local culinary institution in the French Quarter for well over a century. The bar is appropriately manly, swathed in dark woods and leather, excellent for hobnobbing with local politicians and people in-the-know. Also, you can get those famous Galatoire’s oysters Rockefeller, and the steaks are damn near perfect.
4. Besh Steak
Central Business District
If you’ve been having a good night at the tables in Harrah’s Casino and want to show off for all of your swanky new friends, treating them for a meal at Besh Steak is a solid idea. First, you don’t have to leave the casino (score!). Second, sleekly furnished decor including numerous “Blue Dog” paintings by local art legend George Rodrigue. Also, they feature a gargantuan, 30-day dry-aged 18oz prime NY strip that, at $75, will show everybody who’s the big winner.
Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse
3. Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse
The Brennan name is a big one in New Orleans restaurant history and lore, and Dickie B. was born into the Crescent City dining scene. His steakhouse, open 15 years now, is a great testament to the “New Orleans-style steakhouse”, specializing in plenty of Gulf seafood as well juicy steaks smothered in bearnaise sauce and served atop heart-stopping creamed spinach. (Also to be noted, Dickie’s Tableau
restaurant, while not a steakhouse, features an amazing “tournedos Rossini moderne”, which is seared and topped with foie gras and marchand de vin sauce.)
2. Chophouse New Orleans
These guys take their beautiful cuts of USDA Prime beef seriously. How seriously? They promise that the filets are “barrel-cut only”, and the porterhouse “is a true porterhouse with both filet and strip sides. We don’t call a T-bone a porterhouse or serve a 16oz strip steak with 13 ounces of steak and three ounces of fat”. Damn straight! All that in a cool room with exposed brick, nightly live local music, and classic cocktails, Chophouse easily makes it near the top of the list. Plus: those onion rings. You need
to have those onion rings.
1. La Boca
In a city filled with manly, American steakhouses, many of which are historic, it might seem crazy that an Argentinian-style joint takes this power-ranking’s top prize. Crazy, that is, until you get a load of the place. Simple and perfect, everything Adolfo Garcia does at La Boca is spot-on, from the Pisco sour to the expert preparation of beef cuts not normally seen in your average red-white-and-blue steakhouse, like flank, “outside skirt”, and hanger steaks. Want sweetbreads paired with an Argentine vino? Empanadas and housemade chorizo and blood sausage? They’ve got that, too.