Food & Drink

Where to Find the Best Steaks in Metro Detroit

Published On 04/28/2016 Published On 04/28/2016
Iridescence

Iridescence

Downtown

Because there's no better combination than a night of gambling, followed by a nice, juicy steak. Situated inside the Motor City Casino, Iridescence allows to put all your poker winnings toward a 12oz, 28-day dry aged New York Strip steak, a 24oz prime bone-in ribeye, and a five-time Wine Spectator Award-winning wine list... plus, a view of the city that just won't quit.

The Chop House

Ann Arbor

When you think of the standby steakhouse, this is inevitably the place that you turn to -- in Ann Arbor, at least. All steak here is USDA Prime and aged 28-34 days, helping the meat lock in its flavor. Go for the 11oz, espresso-rubbed filet mignon, or, for the serious meat eater, a Southwest blackened or barbecue 20-22oz cowboy steak. You’ll also find a number of lamb or pork chops, plus several seafood dishes. For dessert, the adjoining La Dolce Vita has pastries, hand-rolled cigars, vintage ports, and cognacs on deck.

BIG ROCK CHOPHOUSE

Big Rock Chop House

Birmingham

Give yourself a trip to the Wild West at this eatery that sits inside a historic train station. Everything from the Native American artwork, taxidermied animal busts, and dark wood detailing will have you feeling like you're in a sportsman's lodge rather than uppity B-ham. On top of house specialties like 20oz wagyu strip, filet mignon (8 and 12oz), and Maine lobster tail, you'll also find gamier fare like buffalo strip, venison flank, Colorado lamb, and roasted duck breast. A cigar-friendly cocktail lounge and an outdoor terrace open during the warmer seasons help round out the space.

The London Chop House

Downtown

This 1938 institution reopened its doors in 2012 and still carries that old Detroit swagger, but with an updated menu and a cleaned-up act. Gone is the haze of cigarette smoke, ashtrays, and a menu of huge portions and heavy sauces. Replacing it are more modern takes on dry-aged prime steaks, seafood entrees, and current versions of classics, like the veal Oscar. What remains intact? That VIP Booth One, which will have you feeling like Detroit royalty, and those funky old coin-operated phones.

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The Capital Grille

Troy

Folks looking to rub elbows with the local business and political elite, or at least make out-of-town clients think you have expensive taste, can find that high-end vibe at this Oakland County spot. The space has a classical dinner club setting, with dark wood paneling on the walls, mahogany booths, and stately leather lounge seating. Order yourself an old-school 20oz Delmonico, or a 24oz slab of dry-aged porterhouse, and impress your dining companion with your knowledge of fine wine via Capital Grille's cellar, which boasts more than 5,000 varieties of vinos that span the globe.

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Vertical Detroit

Downtown

Not just a wine bar, Vertical takes you to a garden-level space in Harmonie Park that's chock full of wines, with a surprisingly impressive dinner menu. Specials like the filet mignon with scallops or foie gras are robust explosions of flavor; the wine flights will add another level of complexity to your meal; and the convivial and knowledgeable wait staff is always on hand to help you pair your wine with dinner.

Clawson Steakhouse

Clawson

This Oakland County family-owned spot has an old-school feel, both in aesthetic and menu. Service is friendly and familiar, never stuffy. Meat is hand-cut, fish is delivered daily, and sides like bread and salad dressing are house-made. An 18oz organically fed, dry-aged American Kobe bone-in wagyu New York Strip, a 30oz porterhouse, and a number of veal and seafood dishes are all testaments to what the Clawson kitchen is capable of.

Jim Brady's Detroit

Jim Brady's Detroit

Royal Oak

Another one of those recently reimagined legendary Detroit staples finds its way to Royal Oak. The mid-century, yet simultaneously modern, interior will have you feeling like a VIP, no matter if you're just going in for happy hour, or are treating yourself to an old-school steak dinner and cocktail. The 8oz center cut filet with Brady sauce, roasted garlic whipped potatoes, and green vegetable tangle is a winner on Jim Brady's menu of classic American comforts.

Capers Steakhouse

Eastside Detroit

This Eastside staple is always crowded, and for good reason. The wood-paneled space, plastered with funky posters and photos, and the spot’s mascot -- the duck -- surely add to the charm, but what Detroiters really gravitate to is the "steak by the ounce." Choose from Delmonico, New York Strip, T-bone, and filet mignon, and go as big or little as you want. Diners are known to show off their monstrous cuts in Yelp photos.

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Rubbed

Corktown

This Corktown eatery opened first as a sandwich & charcuterie shop, but recently has been making strides to compete with the neighborhood's increasingly competitive culinary scene. Its three-night-a-week "Rubbed After Dark" dinner menu regularly features an 8oz, dry-aged wagyu New York Strip, cooked sous-vide (sealed in an airtight bag, placed in water in a tightly-regulated temperature, and, once it's cooked on the inside, seared). The steak has melt-in-your-mouth tenderness, as well as flame-torched smokiness on the outside. In fact, Zagat recently named it the best steak in all of Michigan. How's that for a sandwich shop?

Michael Symon's Roast

Downtown

A sleek, modern interior, yet surprisingly down-to-earth staff make this Downtown spot popular among everyone. Opening in 2008 inside the Westin Book Cadillac by celebrity chef (and native Clevelander) Michael Symon, Roast is your classic steakhouse, but with enough variety to appeal to a diverse crowd. An ambitious couple can split a dry-aged porterhouse for two; the light eater can nibble on a starter of poke or roasted marrow; and the happy hour crowd can feast on the Roast Burger, made with bacon, cheddar, fried egg, pickled onion, and served on an English muffin ($6 between 4-6:30pm). Don't sleep on the cocktail program here, either.

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El Asador

Southwest Detroit

Proving that Detroiters are ready for high-end Mexican dining, El Asador manages to turn out a number of signature steaks, all prepared with a Mexican twist. For example, it takes an otherwise standard 10oz rib eye and tops it with poblano green chili sauce. The alambres, a Mexican-style kabob (of steak, chicken, or shrimp), is served with white rice and a side of borracho butter sauce. Those still longing for more "traditional" Mexican fare will find the typical flautas, quesadillas, and guacamole -- made fresh tableside. This Southwest Detroit spot is BYOB, so make sure you're equipped with a sixer of your favorite cerveza or bottle of reposado.

Baker Streetcar Bar

Hamtramck

Best steakhouse accolades for a non-steakhouse go to what we would otherwise consider an old man bar. Don’t let that divey feel fool you, though. This once-a-week chophouse attracts hungry people of all walks -- from broke punk rockers to middle-aged suburbanites, and regular barflies. Dinner only runs during the spring and summer months (this year, opening night is April 29, 4:30-9pm), so stop by every Friday night, where proprietor Rocky Radtke will grill up your choice of rib eye, New York Strip, pork chops, and boneless chicken breast. And this year, Gingersnap popup maven Summer Radtke (no relation to Rocky) will serve up her increasingly popular pies.

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1. Iridescence 2901 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 40201 (Corktown)

This fine-dining Downtown restaurant sits on the 16th floor of the MotorCity Casino Hotel, offering stunning views of the city beyond from a sleek, dimly lit space. The American menu includes Black Angus beef filet, New York Strip Steak, oysters on the half shell, and South African lobster tail, all of which have a match from the restaurants considerable wine list.

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2. Chop House 322 S Main St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

When you think of the standby steakhouse, this is inevitably the place that you turn to -- in Ann Arbor, at least. All steak here is USDA Prime and aged 28-34 days, helping the meat lock in its flavor. You’ll also find a number of lamb or pork chops, plus several seafood dishes. For dessert, the adjoining La Dolce Vita has pastries, hand-rolled cigars, vintage ports, and cognacs on deck. Elegant gas lamps and iPads to order from the table create a great juxtaposition between classic and modern.

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3. Big Rock Chop House 245 S Eton St, Birmingham, MI 48009

Give yourself a trip to the Wild West at this eatery that sits inside a historic train station. Everything from the artwork, taxidermied animal busts, and dark wood detailing will have you feeling like you're in a sportsman's lodge rather than uppity Birmingham. On top of house specialties like 20oz wagyu strip, filet mignon (8 and 12oz), and Maine lobster tail, you'll also find gamier fare like buffalo strip, venison flank, Colorado lamb, and roasted duck breast. A cigar-friendly cocktail lounge and an outdoor terrace open during the warmer seasons help round out the space.

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4. London Chop House 155 W. Congress, Detroit, MI 48226

Returning to its original location in the basement of the Murphy-Telegraph Building after a 20yr absence, London actually IS your grandfather's chop house (it first opened in 1938 as a power dining staple), so pay homage at the restored oak bar or polished classic red leather banquettes to devour meat and live jazz. Then, step into one of two working OG phone booths, and excitedly text everyone that you’re in a working phone booth. Seriously, the London Chop House is as old school as it gets, a throwback to a former era rich with sumptuous design and cuisine.

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5. The Capital Grille 2800 W Big Beaver Rd, Troy, MI 48084

The Oakland County outpost of this high end chain has a classical dinner club setting, with dark wood paneling on the walls, mahogany booths, and stately leather lounge seating. Order yourself an old-school 20oz Delmonico, or a 24oz slab of dry-aged porterhouse, and impress your dining companion with your knowledge of fine wine via Capital Grille's cellar, which boasts more than 5,000 varieties of vinos that span the globe.

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6. Vertical Detroit 1538 Centre St, Detroit, MI 48226

Not just a wine bar, Vertical takes you to a garden-level space in Harmonie Park that's chock full of wines, with a surprisingly impressive dinner menu. The space is elegant with chandeliers, muddy yellow furnishings and brick walls. While there are over 50 wines by the glass, the wine flights will add another level of complexity to your meal; and the convivial and knowledgeable wait staff is always on hand to help you pair your choices with dinner.

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7. Clawson Steak House 56 S Rochester Rd, Clawson, MI 48017

This Oakland County family-owned spot has an old-school feel, both in aesthetic and menu. Service is friendly and familiar, never stuffy. Meat is hand-cut, fish is delivered daily, and sides like bread and salad dressing are house-made. Their signature 30 oz Porterhouse is just one of many great steak selections available, and live jazz music and dancing on weekends keeps the place lively and packed.

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8. Jim Brady's Detroit 1214 S Main St, Royal Oak, MI 48067

The mod, 50s-style interior at this Royal Oak steakhouse will have you feeling simultaneously nostalgic and cool, no matter if you're just going in for happy hour, or are treating yourself to an old-school steak dinner and cocktail. The menu is filled with classic American comforts which can be enjoyed in the dining room or in the bar lounge with two fully stocked bars that run the length of the restaurant. The restaurant's "community first" mentality carries into their cuisine, where they rely on locally sourced ingredients for many of their dishes.

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9. Capers 14726 Gratiot Ave, Detroit, MI 48205

This long-standing steakhouse on the Eastside serves plenty of meat in addition to seafood, burgers and fries. The wood-paneled space, plastered with funky posters and photos, and the spot’s mascot -- the duck -- surely add to the charm, but what Detroiters really gravitate to is the "steak by the ounce." Choose from Delmonico, New York Strip, T-bone, and filet mignon, and go as big or little as you want. Diners are known to show off their monstrous cuts in photos on their social media outlets.

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10. RUBBED 2015 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216 (Corktown)

This Corktown eatery is first and foremost a charcuterie and sandwich shop, but three nights a week it hosts an upscale, meat-focused dinner service. The space is small and casual, but the meat offerings, particularly the charcuterie plates, are generous. It's not a cheap outing, but you will definitely get your money's worth regardless of what you order.

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11. Roast 1128 Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226-1907

Headed by Iron Chef Michael Symon, Roast is a massive, highly decorated, 200-seat steakhouse. Its bar/lounge is also known for dishing out some of Detroit's best cocktails, each made with fresh ingredients. Located within the Westin Book Cadillac Detroit, the bar’s Renaissance-style ambiance will make your night out feel classy as can be.

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12. El Asador Steakhouse 1312 Springwells St, Detroit, MI 48209

El Asador proves that finding authentic Mexican food is as simple as heading to southwest Detroit. El Asador serves an array of approachable Mexican dishes, like crispy quesadillas overflowing with melted cheese and shredded chicken; three-cheese enchiladas dipped in house-made sauce; and soft shell tacos filled with fried or grilled mahi mahi. However, you'd be remiss not to order one of the speciality steaks, like the immaculately char-grilled filet mignon with three-chile butter sauce or the New York steak topped with homemade ranchero sauce. Don't forget to bring along a six-pack of your favorite cerveza, as El Asador is BYOB.

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13. Baker Streetcar Bar 9817 Joseph Campau St, Hamtramck, MI 48212

This Hamtramck bar may feel like a typical dive, but don't let its appearance fool you.old man bar. It turns into a once-a-week chophouse that attracts hungry people of all walks. Dinner only runs during the spring and summer months, so stop by every Friday night, where proprietor Rocky Radtke will grill up your choice of rib eye, New York Strip, pork chops, and boneless chicken breast. Here any other day of the week? You've found yourself as good a dive as any, with a full bar with live music and freedom to bring in food.