I posted this in a discussion about the best steaks in Boston, but I think it deserves a thread of its own.
I have been to all of the following more than once:
Capital Grille, Plaza III, Grill 23, Morton's, Oak Room. I've also been to the Plaza III in Kansas City more than once.
So, the best place in Boston to get a steak? (drum roll) Locke-Ober! I was there last night, and we had the 40-ounce porterhouse for two. It was in the top 2 or 3 steaks I've ever had, and I've had hundreds of them in scores of top-end places. (Tip: Don't eat steak in Hong Kong. Too thin, and a lot of times they will fry it rather than grill it. Yuck!)
I love steak, but let's face it, it's usually more of the more generic things you can eat. I have a steak when I'm hungry and want to feed my inner raging beast. It's hard to do much to a steak, and it's hard to do much FOR a steak. As long as the meat's good, and it's thick enough, and they grill it over a flame, it's mostly a matter of how long they cook it.
Not at Locke-Ober! They served it with a wonderful herb sauce that imparted great flavor but was by no means overpowering or distracting. We got it with a side of garlic mushrooms and a side of pommes (a fried potato dish that was out of this world).
Locke-Ober just about died a few years back. I personally boycotted the place for a couple years it was so bad. But Linda Shire's restoration has been utterly remarkable. They changed what needed changing and kept what needed to be kept. It was a PERFECT job. This is once again becoming my favorite restaurant in town, and in Boston there is some very, very stiff competition.