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Top Chops

Steakhouses are a big deal in Dallas. But how do you choose one filet over another? What’s dry aged anyway? And which wine pairs perfectly with that bone-in rib-eye? We schlepped around town and compared potatoes to potatoes at
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BOB’S STEAK & CHOP HOUSE
4300 Lemmon Ave.
214-528-9446
Overall Score: 114.3

Best Filet
Best Onion Rings

Hands down, Bob’s is our top choice for great steak, ambience, and personality. Plenty of the rich and famous feel the same way, packing the coveted booths for three-inch ultra prime filets, thick cut onion rings, and stellar service.

Steaks:
Filet (9 oz., $28.95) 100
Cote de boeuf (20 oz., $29.95) 99
A whole glazed carrot and a choice of potato are included. Onion rings are perfection. 96
We wouldn’t want to know the calorie count of the skin-on smashed potatoes. 95
Shrimp was fresh, but the cocktail sauce slathered thickly across the top was overwhelming. 88
The romaine tossed with creamy bleu cheese, topped with bleu cheese, chopped egg, and roasted pecans is a dream. 95
We sensed disappointment that our budget was $50. Our server suggested three wines with minimal descriptions. 85
The ultimate Guytown restaurant; you can see a TV screen from every seat. A great eat-and-be-seen scene. 94
Thick, warm bread pudding at the table and a handful of Judson fruit sour jelly beans from the hostess stand. 95
Extremely personal and professional. 97
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CHAMBERLAIN’S
5330 Belt Line Rd., Addison 972-934-2467

Overall Score: 112.7

Best Vegetables

The only steakhouse with a star chef in the kitchen, Richard Chamberlain’s lengthy experience at the head of New American kitchens gives his chophouse a sophisticated, contemporary (read: no Sinatra) edge.

Steaks:
Filet (8 oz., $22.95) 94
Porterhouse (24 oz., $32.95) 94
Fresh corn, string beans and mushrooms in garlic soy sauce, and grilled asparagus with tomato vinaigrette are superior. 100
Garlic mashed are the house specialty, but we prefer to substitute the Parmesan au gratin. 92
Lovely shrimp, but a little pricey. 90
Inspired chopped lettuce, tomato, cucumber, and olive salad tossed with feta cheese dressing. 93
Our waitress matched our palate with our budget, explaining the qualities of the grapes in each wine with ease. 95
Low-key, Hill Country chic. 94
Memorable hot bread pudding and classic Key lime pie. 92
Good natured, extremely knowledgeable, and professional. Chamberlain checks out every table as well. 95
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CAPITAL GRILLE
500 Crescent Court,
Suite 135
214-303-0500
Overall Score: 112.4

Best Dessert

Power is a better condiment than salt. And Capital Grille’s East Coast men’s club atmosphere is the perfect habitat for powerbrokers and connoisseurs of high life.

Steaks:
Filet (10 oz., $23.95) 94 Porterhouse (24 oz., $31.95) 90
A power portion of creamed spinach wasn’t the usual over-blended version. 89
Lyonnaise sauteed with bacon and onions beat the cottage fries. 93
Memorable presentation; five jumbo shrimp served properly in a silver bowl filled with crushed ice. 94
The quarter wedge of lettuce covered with crumbled bleu cheese and fresh bacon is the perfect chophouse salad. 94
Our server obviously took a few lessons from Zig Ziglar. Before we knew it, we were sold and $15 over budget. 97
Intimately lit and sophisticated dining room with seductive chocolate brown booths. 97
We can still taste the sinfully light white chocolate mousse. 97
They back up their expensive digs with old-school attentive servers who describe meat with the authenticity of a butcher. 95
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DEL FRISCO’S
5251 Spring Valley Rd.
972-490-9000

Overall Score: 112.3

Best New York Strip
Best Ambience

Del Frisco’s is the ultimate special-occasion steakhouse. Indulgent at every turn and more than seven pages of California Cabernet on the wine list. This is the steakhouse that guys bring their wives and girlfriends to.

Steaks:
Filet (8 oz., $24.95) 97
Prime strip (16 oz., $29.95)
98
Wear loose clothes the creamed spinach, and almost everything else, is full of butter. Onion rings are close to perfection. 93
No meal is complete without the skillet potatoes and onions. 95
Beautiful shrimp lost in a sea of unpleasant red sauce. 85
A dinner salad is enough for four-a thick layer of bleu cheese comes topped with two strips of fresh bacon. 95
We felt we insulted our waiter with our limit as he opened the list and pointed to a bottle saying, “Here is one for $50.” 75
World-class steakhouse dining experience with plenty of mood-setting Sinatra. 100
Opulent creme brulee pushed our meal into the 5,000-calorie range for sure. 95
Well-paced and professional
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MORTON’S
OF CHICAGO

14831 Midway Rd.,
Addison
972-233-5858
Overall Score: 110.5

Best Service

Morton’s is a chain restaurant without the chain mentality. Other than the showy Beef 101 course, where they wheel a cart of plastic-wrapped meat to the table and explain each cut, the rest of the experience was personal, fun, and void of pretense.

Steaks:
Filet (10 oz., $32.95) 97
Porterhouse (24 oz., $32.95)
97
Creamed spinach was too heavy with a lingering taste of nutmeg. 85
We found the Lyonnaise potatoes sauteed with bacon and onions a little greasy for our taste. 82
Five juicy jumbos with standard cocktail sauce. 88
The MortonÒs Salad was merely iceberg and Romaine, egg, and anchovy tossed in a timid blue cheese dressing. 82
When our waitress couldn’t find a wine to her liking in our price range, she turned to the wine captain, who found several. 95
Simple, softly lit, red wood walls, but ask to be seated in one of the seductive curvy booths. 90
Godiva hot chocolate cake with Haagen-Daas vanilla ice cream×swoon, swoon, swoon! 97
Friendly service without being intrusive, from the hostess stand to the valet. 98

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PAPPAS BROS. STEAKHOUSE
10477 Lombardy Ln.
214-366-2000

Overall Score: 110.3

Best Wine Service

The ultimate expense-account steakhouse in town, complete with a heliport, booths with phones and Internet access, plus the largest wine cellar in the Southwest. Despite the opulent attitude, the dining room that seats 500 can still be comfortable.

Steaks:
Filet (10 oz., $25.95) 89 New York strip (14 oz., $27.95)
92
Our roasted wild mushrooms were just as good cold the next morning. 90
The mashed potatoes are loaded with cream and butter, then topped with crumbled fresh bacon and chives. 95
Average display of medium shrimp. 88