If Texas is famous for one thing (apart from the Alamo, Buddy Holly, the Bush family, Bill Hicks, cowboys, the Dallas Cowboys, Country ‘n’ Western music, executions, militias, oil, JFK’s final moments in Dealey Plaza, Steve Martin, Stone Cold Steve Austin, SXSW, the Waco siege, Woody Harrelson, and ZZ Top) it’s steak!
Steak lovers from literally all over the world jet into major airports, as well as small, backyard airfields, all over the Lone Star State just to munch on some of the best beef on earth in Texas’ famous steakhouses.
Here is our list of the eight best steakhouses in Texas. Have a read, start salivating, and take note of the restaurants that particularly set you drooling in your BUCKiTDREAM planner!
The Steaks At Perini Ranch Steakhouse Are Genuinely Presidential! Tom Perini first started serving steaks from a wagon on his family’s ranch and, due to popular demand, eventually opened Perini Ranch Steakhouse on the property. Situated in the tiny town of Buffalo Gap (population less than 1,000), just outside the (also pretty small) city of Abilene, Perini Ranch Steakhouse has become internationally famous for its succulent steaks.
They even catered at the Congressional Picnic at the White House in 2002 – that’s quite a (great steak-fuelled) leap up from a lowly steak wagon in a tiny Texas town! The restaurant itself is wooden and cozy and provides a beautifully authentic old west backdrop to your dining experience. The steaks are Certified Angus, hand cut, and cooked over hot mesquite coals outside the restaurant. The side dishes are simple and delicious and made with local produce.
Food Network magazine has awarded Perini Ranch Steakhouse the much-coveted title of ‘Best Burger in Texas’.
Location: Buffalo Gap
Pappas Bros. Steakhouse Serves Up Big and Deliciously Old-Fashioned Meat and Potatoes The Pappas family have been running restaurants across the American South since H.D. Pappas emigrated to the United States from Greece in 1897. H.D.’s grandsons, Chris and Harris, opened the first Pappa’s Bros. in Houston in 1976.
All their steaks are juicy, premium cuts of USDA Prime Beef, dry aged in-house. They also have an extensive range of wild seafood including Lobster Deviled Eggs and Bacon-wrapped Scallops.
Their desserts are devilishly rich and delicious, with favorites like Chocolate Midnight Cake and Turtle Pie doing an excellent job of tickling Texans’ sweet teeth.
Pappas Bros. Steakhouse was awarded the ‘Best Steak in Texas’ by Texas Monthly in 2007.
Ranchman’s Is a Texas Tradition and Has Even Featured On The Food Network Ranchman’s steakhouse in the miniature town of Ponder, Denton County serves some of the biggest, juiciest, and best steaks in the entire Lone Star State. A visit to Ranchman’s, high up in northern Texas, just shy of the Oklahoma border, is a unique Wild West cow-munching experience you will remember for the rest of your life.
Hungry cowboys have been filling their bellies in Ranchman’s for over 60 years and the restaurant has now built an exquisite reputation. Ranchman’s Chicken-fried Steak is a specialty that people travel from all over the nation and beyond to indulge in.
Ranchman’s homemade, secret recipe steak butter is the stuff of legend – often copied, never equaled. The restaurant is traditional and comfortable (kinda like your grandma’s kitchen), with plenty of parking space for your horse outside.
The Steaks Are Huge and Fit For A Hungry Cowboy At Cattlemen’s Cattlemen’s has been serving up enormous, corn-fed, charcoal-broiled, juicy-as-hell steaks since 1947, so it’s safe to say that these guys well and truly know their beef!
There is a massive choice of cuts, as well as yummy sauces such as cognac peppercorn, béarnaise, and gorgonzola. If you are nicely hungry after a long day’s cowboying (or, heaven forbid, cattle rustling), the ‘Heart of Texas’ 11 oz. Ribeye with heavy marble is a kingly cut of meat.
The seafood on offer is very good also – Lobster Tail, and Crab Cakes with Roasted Red Pepper Cream Sauce are nice accompaniments to your steak if you have belly space. Cattlemen’s Pecan Pie is famous with sweet-toothed cowboys all over the state, so be sure to save some room.
Location: Fort Worth
For 80 years Brenner’s Has Been Keeping Houstonians Supplied With Simply Sensational Steak This prim and proper restaurant in the heart of bustling, metropolitan, cosmopolitan Houston is almost like a time capsule.
Originally opened in 1936 by Herman and Lorene Brenner, it has maintained a classic, old-world ambiance. Dress to impress, no flip-flops or tank tops allowed, which is probably for the best as your six-pack will quickly fade to insignificance when you fill up in the ‘Best Steakhouse in Houston’, as voted by Zagat.
The menu is simple, elegant and to the point. Exquisite USDA Prime Split Bone-in Ribeye, USDA Prime New York Strip Steak, and Chicken-fried Filet Mignon, as well as a large selection of fresh seafood including Gulf Red Snapper and Chilean Sea Bass, make this one of the most straightforward yet mouth-watering menus in Texas. Their homemade apple strudel is a big crowd favorite.
Bob’s Steak and Chop House Offers Prime Cuts in Eight Locations Across the Lone Star State Bob’s was originally a Dallas favorite but has since expanded to Houston, Fort Worth, San Antonio and Austin. They have quickly become a Texas phenomenon, famed for their Prime Ribeye, Filet Mignon, T-Bone, Porterhouse, and outrageous ‘Bone-in’ Kansas City Strip.
Their seafood is to die for too, with Maryland Style Crab Cakes and Fried Jumbo Shrimp being particularly good. They also have a lovely selection of fresh vegetable side dishes to make sure your vitamin and mineral quota for the day gets met.
Rumor has it that Dallas Cowboys linebackers like to come to Bob’s to stock up on calories before big NFL games!
Bohanan’s Prime Steak & Seafood Oozes Old-World Charm Bohanan’s is dripping in elegant, grandiose Texan classiness. It evokes nostalgia and a feeling of warm comfort with its respect for tradition, both in its decor and in its friendly atmosphere.
The old-fashioned pinewood floors and polite, helpful, and crisply attired staff make you feel as if you are in another time and place, before the advent of Jersey Shore and Kim Kardashian’s bum.
The food, on the other hand, is fresh and modern. Bohanan’s is not your average steakhouse. As well as their traditional Filet, New York Strip, and Ribeye steaks, they also serve tender and rare Japanese Akaushi.
An excellent and exotic seafood option is the Hawaiian Big Eye Sashimi Tuna (which truly melts in the mouth). Bohanan’s has an excellent cocktail menu, and a hot live jazz band bopping and blowing ’til late every Friday and Saturday night.
Location: San Antonio
Visit Fleming’s For an Innovative Take On Great Steak At Fleming’s they are meticulous about their steaks. The chefs are passionate and obsess over every detail, ensuring that the steak that arrives on your table is as succulent and delicious as possible.
They source the finest USDA prime beef, available both wet or dry-aged, and broiled at 1600 degrees. Choose a steak and select a Steak Companion of Truffle-poached Lobster, Diablo Shrimp or Crabmeat to keep your slab of meat company on its final journey through your digestive system.
So clearly Texas is the place to go for some delicious, high-quality protein! And whether you are munching the ‘Heart of Texas’ heavily marbled Ribeye in Cattlemen’s, doing the Charleston to aid your digestion at Bohanan’s, or trying not to stare at the Dallas Cowboys stocking up on pre-game calories at Bob’s, be sure to share your Texas steakhouse experiences on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!