I hate that there is no real dedicated, locally owned Steakhouse in Richmond. I love a great steakhouse, whether it is Peter Luger's in Brooklyn, Pete Lorenzo's Cafe in Trenton, NJ, Chicago Chop House or G&G in Chicago, Smith and Wollensky in DC, or even the french Steak Frites at Les Halles in Manhattan or DC. In Richmond we have many of the most reputable chains, but not so many indedepent steakhouses. I really even miss the old greek-owned steak and spaghetti joints of the 60s and 70s, although there are still many in the Newport New and Hampton area.
So, what are your favorites?
At this point, the best steaks I have eaten in the area in the last year:
1) The Tomahawk, bone in ribeye at The Copper Grill in Short Pump. Granted it was paired with 5 lb lobster, some Woodford Reserve, and a fantastic bottle of wine, but it was a truly wonderful piece of meat and it is was grilled perfectly.
2) Hangar Steak at Edo's Squid. It feels like a noisy steakhouse and when it is available, it is delicious with its garlicky sauce and a simple side of spaghetti.
3) Prime Rib at Outback. Yes, we go there and I had a splendid cut of prime rib. I ordered it rare and it was just warm enough with a nice crust.
4) Steak Frites at Can Can. The first try they overcooked the steak. On the second visit I had mussels that were only okay. But the last visit the steak was terrific.