Steak Paradise: 6 Best Beef-Centric Restaurants

With so many top-notch steakhouses across the United States, there is no wonder why Americans are hooked on red meat.
By: Erica Walsh

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America loves its red meat; in fact, the U.S. consumes more red meat than any other country in the world. Why? With so many top-notch steakhouses across the U.S., there is no wonder why Americans are hooked on red meat.

Peter Luger Steakhouse, Brooklyn, New York

Peter Luger Steakhouse is known as the "Vatican of meat" by its devoted patrons. For over 120 years, Peter Luger has been serving up its famous porterhouse steaks. In fact, their steaks are in such high demand that reservations need to be made weeks ahead of time. According to the restaurant's loyal customers, the steaks at Peter Luger Steakhouse are worth the wait.

Pat's King of Steaks, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The Philly Cheesesteak was born at Pat's King of Steaks in Philadelphia and every day, thousands flock to sample their legendary sandwich. How do they serve so many people each day? The secret is the assembly line of workers (one person cuts the meat, another adds the cheese.)

Geno's Steaks, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

According to the locals, Geno's has been giving Pat's a run for its money since it opened in 1966. There's a Philly cheesesteak war going on, and Geno's owner, Joey Vento is refusing to cross enemy lines. Like Pat's, Geno's reputation lies in the quality of its cheesesteaks. As long as the battle for the ultimate Philly cheesesteak continues, the Philly cheesesteak lover will always win.

Texas is where the cattle industry originated, and what better place to sample some authentic, Texas-bred steak than on a real cattle ranch. Each steak is marinated with Cattleman's signature blend of herbs and spices then served up BIG. Here, an order for a 4-lb. steak is not uncommon. So bring your appetite -- you'll need it.

The Big Texan, Amarillo, Texas

At Big Texan, competition is everything and at Big Texan, if you can devour their famous 72-oz. steak, you eat free. The restaurant is set in the Old West style, and all the food is cooked out in the open where patrons can view the cooking process up-close.

The Buckhorn Exchange, Denver, Colorado

The Buckhorn Exchange is Denver's oldest restaurant. Its founder, "Shorty" Zietz, hunted with Teddy Roosevelt and lived with Sitting Bull before he founded The Buckhorn Exchange in 1893. While others were traveling west to find gold, Shorty aimed to strike it rich in the restaurant business. If you've got a hankering for something unique, The Buckhorn Exchange offers elk, buffalo, yak and ostrich steaks. When you're ordering your appetizer, don't forget to sample the bull testicles -- they're a house favorite.

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