In the ultimate travesty, Travel + Leisure magazine has issued another one of those insufferable click-craving lists – this one compiling the "Best Steakhouses in the U.S." Only one steakhouse from Dallas made the cut.
Of the 20 best steakhouses, Dallas' sole entry is the unquestionably deserving Pappas Bros. Steakhouse, coming in at No. 10. (Before you hand over your valuable click, know that the list is the most craven form that forces you to click through 20 entries, instead of presenting them on a single page. We've listed some below.)
We would not feel so miffed if the list were "Best Ice Cream Shops" or "Best Diners." Those are genres in which we do not excel. We are bereft of great bakeries. Our brew scene, be it coffee or beer, while starting to coalesce, is nothing to brag about. We recognize our flaws.
We would not feel so miffed if the list were "Best Ice Cream Shops" or "Best Diners." Those are genres in which we do not excel.
But steakhouses? That's our claim to fame. Dallas-Fort Worth is stupid with steakhouses. When other cities brag about their ethnic haunts or vegetarian spots or farm-to-table eateries, we wait until they're done so we can mention our steakhouses, unimaginative yet plentiful: Bob's, Dallas Chop House, III Forks, Capital Grille, Del Frisco's, Eddie V's, Morton's, The Palm and 100 more.
By mere force, our plethora of steakhouses can surely out-rib-eye Travel & Leisure picks such as Carnevino in Las Vegas; Cut in Beverly Hills; St. Elmo Steakhouse in Indianapolis; Charlie Palmer Steak in Washington, D.C.; Killen's Steakhouse in Pearland, Texas; Dickie Brennan's in New Orleans; Urban Farmer in Portland, Oregon; Prime One Twelve in Miami; House of Prime Rib in San Francisco; Peter Luger in Brooklyn; Kevin Rathbun Steak in Atlanta; Mooo in Boston; Gibsons Bar & Steak in Chicago; Barclay Prime in Philadelphia; Murray's in Minneapolis; American Cut in Atlantic City, New Jersey; Churracos in Houston; Jess & Jim's in Kansas City; or Keens Steakhouse in New York.
To add salt to the wound, Pappas Bros. Steakhouse is actually a Houston-based operation. Although we have many Pappas-themed restaurants around Dallas, the truth is the Pappas peeps are from Houston — a fact that Houston is only too gloatingly eager to remind us.
Hey, Houston: You have two other steakhouses on the list. You even have your own Pappas Bros. Steakhouse. But your PBS doesn't have award-winning Master Sommelier Barbara Werley, or, as T+L points out, a "33,000-large, Wine Spectator–lauded list, with vintages to suit big spenders — the 1847 Chateau d’Yquem, for example — as well as the rest of us." Ours not yours.