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|| News Item: Posted 1998-12-05

Let's Meat
By Robert Hanashiro

When you're on the road, sometimes the simplest pleasures can turn a long, rough day into a joy. Something like a BIG JUICY STEAK!

An informal survey of traveling photojournalists by Sports Shooter has come up with the 10 top steakhouses in America. While I know all of our readers don't necessarily want to indulge in carnivorous adventures as these restaurants are known for, most also feature other fare like (chick food) fresh fish and chicken dishes. So here is the list, in no particular order:

-ST. ELMOS in Indy. Ancient building downtown. In a neighborhood that went totally in the toilet and has done a 180 .Old fashion long bar. They have a cocktail sauce served with huge prawns that is so loaded with horse radish that it brings tears to your eyes. A Lot character. A lot of tradition.

-THE CAPITAL GRILL in Washington DC (within view of the US Capital)... a hangout for athletes. Troy Aikman and Redskins sightings. Recommend: NY steak, dry aged, peppercorns. (601 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington DC 202-737-6200)

-THE DENVER CHOP House and Brewery in downtown/LoDow not to far from Coors Field, in an old train shed. Recommended: the Porterhouse. (1735 19th St., Denver, CO. 303-296-0800)

-GIBSONS BAR AND STEAKHOUSE in Chicago is a favorite of business-types on expense accounts, locals and conventioneers. A throwback to the days of red leather booths and club chairs, cigar smoking is still allowed. A great place for a good steak in a comfortable setting. (1028 N. Rush Street, Chicago, IL (at the corner of Bellevue Place 312-266-8999)

-RINGSIDE in Portland, Oregon, the one on West Burnside. Why? The best onion rings in the country as James Beard once said, and the atmosphere. The rib eye is their signature steak. (2165 West Burnside Street, Portland, OR (at the corner of 22nd Avenue) 503-223-1513)

-BERN'S STEAKHOUSE near Tampa was quite good. Most extensive wine list I have ever seen period. Plus a smoking lounge. Have your waiter give you a tour and make sure to check out the "desert room." (208 S. Howard Ave., Tampa, FLA. 813-251-2421)

-MANNY'S STEAKHOUSE in Minneapolis, located in the Hyatt Regency Hotel. I quote from Zagat: "They go berserk with monster slabs of beef at this heaven for meat lovers ... a lippy, New Yorker-wanna-be staff provides a macho experience in a cigars-and-scotch clubby atmosphere for "red-meat fans on expense accounts" - "if I was a steer, this is where I'd want to end up." (1300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN. 612-339-9900)

-RAINWATER ON KETTNER in San Diego, located a couple of blocks from the harbor. Expensive, but if you want a good steak (NY Strip) or wonderfully prepared seafood (recommended: swordfish) this is the place to go in the self proclaimed "best city in America." (1202 Kettner Blvd., San Diego, CA. 619- 233-5757)

-MORTON'S OF CHICAGO and RUTH'S CHRIS STEAKHOUSE were both mentioned by several photographers as chain restaurants (though not cheap!) that serve consistently good steaks and have great martinis.

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