Food & Drink

Steak: Atlanta's 7 best

Published On 11/06/2013 Published On 11/06/2013
BLT Steak
NY Prime Steak
The Palm
Hal's
Chops Lobster Bar
STK Atlanta
Kevin Rathbun Steak
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1. BLT Steak 45 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30308 (Midtown)

Branded under the initials of its famed French chef/partner, who ran a three-Michelin-starred restaurant in France, the Atlanta location of Bistro Laurent Tourondel is one of eight in the continental US. It offers American wagyu, certified Black Angus, and USDA Prime cuts, all naturally aged, herbed, buttered, and seared in cast-iron pans. This branch is run by chef de cuisine Matt Ratcliffe, an ATL native who started here as a sous chef and now crafts menus based on his international cooking techniques. On, and it's got the added bonus of being open early, for when you absolutely must have steak before 11am.

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2. NY Prime 3393 Peachtree Rd NE, #4030, Atlanta, GA 30326 (Buckhead)

All the meat at this steakery is aged for about four weeks, making sure you won't have any beef with their beef. Prime's also got a solid assortment of seafood, included Divers scallops and jumbo shrimp.

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3. The Palm 3391 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30326 (Buckhead)

This steak mainstay has old-school ambiance coupled with massive cuts o' meat, like the 36oz Prime double-cut New York strip.

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4. Hal's 30 Old Ivy Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30342 (Buckhead)

Everything from the leafy-green, French Quarter-esque balcony, to the gumbo and crawfish on the menu makes it clear that this laid-back eatery is inspired by New Orleans, but the bone-in ribeyes and filet au poivre make it clear that Hal's is also one of the city's best steak spots, and the perfect place to go before hitting some of Buckhead's sweet bars. Just don't expect a bar crowd here: this wood-paneled, white tableclothed space hosts men in suit jackets, and expertly concocted martinis to go along with them, of course.

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5. Chops Lobster Bar 70 W Paces Ferry Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30305 (Buckhead)

Serving authentic Wagyu beef with a BMS (Beef Marbling Score) of 12 out of 12, Chops Lobster Bar in Buckhead has cornered the surf n turf market. Step into this dark wood dining room, and you won't hesitate at ordering a bone-in filet or something from the fresh seafood menu, like Rockefeller oysters and lobster tails in a savory butter-sage sauce.

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6. STK Atlanta 1075 Peachtree St, Atlanta, GA 30309 (Midtown)

Celebrating the simplicity of a great steak by removing all those showy "vowels," STK boasts a porterhouse and a cowboy ribeye that'll fill you up, and a black truffle aioli tartare that should every meal. The restaurant is advertised as a steakhouse "for the stiletto set," though, so you'll also get the choice of plenty of salads, small plates, and three sizes of steaks, all served in a chic, glossy space.

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7. Kevin Rathbun Steak 154 Krog St NE, Atlanta, GA 30307 (Old 4th Ward)

Get into the Iron Chef contestant’s flagship spot for beef that is treated right and order up a steak cooked “blue,” which is the rarer-than-rare version that is right for every real carnivore. And for the steak-eater looking for a little more than a mac 'n cheese side, this modernized steak house cooks up a variety of cuisines ranging from American to Mediterranean, and Italian.