Food & Drink

Eat this: the best steaks in MSP

Published On 11/06/2013 Published On 11/06/2013
Drew Wood

The only thing rarer (ha...get it?!) than quality steak-purveyors in this town is probably the extra dough you'll need to ensure restaurant beef is what's for dinner. So, in order to keep you from spending your hard-earned cash on subprime prime, we put together a list of the six sweetest steaks in MSP. Dig in...

Drew Wood

6. The Prime Beef Ribeye for Two (For One) at Burch Steak
Lowry Hill
Isaac Becker's new kid on the meat block's hangin' tough with a smart, four-tiered steak menu (grass-fed, Prime beef, Domestic Wagyu, Certified Japanese A5 Wagyu). And, since all those choices can be intimidating, allow us to suggest you go to the Prime beef tier and order the 32oz Niman Ranch ribeye for two… but eat it for one.

The Strip Club

5. New York Strip at The Strip Club
St. Paul
You better believe that any steak list worth its salt is going to include St. Paul's pun-y supper club for the everyman, The Strip Club. And when at Tim Niver and JD Fratzke's grass-fed meatery, you'd be well-advised to order their namesake New York Strip; 10ozs of hormone-free tastiness from Thousand Hills Cattle Company .

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4. The Butcher's Cut at Butcher & the Boar
Sure, they've got an epic year-round beer garden, an actual-penny-tiled floor, and an ungodly way with whole hog butchery, but don't think the fellas at Butcher & The Boar don't do beef. So next time, skip the pork in favor of this glorious 32oz dry-aged ribeye (for two) and put your fate in the chef's hands with the day's butcher's cut.

Lindey's Prime Steakhouse

3. Lindey's Special Sirloin at Lindey's Prime Steak House
Arden Hills
Never heard of Lindey's? Well, your grandpa's been going to this Arden Hills steakhouse for 55yrs, partly because it so closely resembles a playfully retro hunting lodge, but mostly because their family-owned take on steak-accessibly means this Special Sirloin is your path to gristly Valhalla at "the place for steak".

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2. Pan-Seared Steak at The Left-Handed Cook
Proving the best steaks do not have to be found at a steakhouse (or a sit-down resto for that matter), the LA-punksters at Left-Handed Cook drop a mean Korean-influenced pan-seared steak that's seasoned with rosemary and such non-Minnesotan things like Gochujang, Doenjang, and a citrus zest sauce called "saam". Sidle it with some truffle-parmesan fries and you're in business.

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1. King Cut Prime Rib at Jax Cafe
Personal story: when my grandparents were young and poor, to celebrate special occasions they'd go to Jax Cafe and drop their scarce dough on prime rib… 60 years later you better believe the white table-clothed steaker's King Cut's still king.

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1. The Left-Handed Cook 920 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407 (Powderhorn)

The Left-Handed Cook boasts a blend of comfort food, Asian flavors, and a dash of rock and roll that they're calling "new American country cooking".

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2. Jax Cafe 1928 University Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN (Northeast)

For nearly 80 years, Northeast's beacon of classic dining Jax Cafe's been "serving steaks, not trends." This steakhouse, outfitted out in 60s esque decor and run by a tuxedo-ed waitstaff, is the perfect spot to go all out on Manhattans and Porterhouse and hold court a la Don Draper in Mad Men.

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3. Lindey's Prime Steak House 3600 North Snelling Avenue, Arden Hills, MN 55112

With its retro vibe and long history, Lindey's Prime Steak House has been pleasing diners in the Mineapple for over 55 years with their "steak-centric menu".

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4. Butcher & The Boar 1121 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403

A deceptively large neighborhood noshery with wood stoves and penny-tiled floors dominated, Butcher puts equal emphasis on bourbon, beer, and shareable plates.

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5. The Strip Club Meat & Fish 378 Maria Ave, St. Paul, MN 55106 (Downtown St Paul)

Grass-fed beef is the name of the game at St. Paul’s premier meatery, an independent St. Paul chop and fish house, helmed by chef JD Fratzke. Strip House exhibits incredible use of ingredients from small, local farms, but it’s also distinctly unique and almost rustic despite its overall level of refinement and balance. The drink menu changes seasonally and the results are always spectacular, but even the long-standing staple drinks, like the Cobra Kai, are simply stunning.

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6. Burch 1933 Colfax Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55403 (Lowry Park)

James Beard-nominated chef Isaac Becker is behind this steakhouse-slash-pizzeria in Minneapolis. On the first floor, Burch Steakhouse serves an eclectic menu filled with raw bar options, prime beef and domestic Wagyu, and a variety of European-style dumplings. In the basement, the Pizza Bar bangs out Neapolitan-style pies from a white oak-fueled pizza oven. Every pizza comes with an exciting combination of toppings -- hey, there aren't many places you can get pizza topped with a lobster claw.