In the Twin Cities, when we talk about best places to get a tender, juicy, cooked-to-perfection piece of steak, there isn’t a conversation to be had that doesn’t include one of the two steakhouse giants Manny’s and Murray’s. Both places are what one might refer to as Minnesota steakhouse OGs and have proudly earned their claims to best steaks in the city as well as beloved and respected Minnesota restaurant staples. With slogans like, “Life is good at the top of the food chain,” and, “Home of the silver butter knife steak,” you have to be amazing right? Well, I’ll tell you, without batting an eye, that these legendary houses of beef do not disappoint and your belly would thank you for the giving it their gift of red meat.
It has to be said, though, that the Twin Cities is home to so many amazing restauranteurs who are working up incredible creations on the daily. Artisans who are creating some of the most delicious food that you could feast your eyes and your tastebuds upon and this, of course, includes steak. So, if you are in the mood for a satisfying hunk of delicious, seared, melt-in-your-mouth, beefy goodness and you want to venture out and try something a little less traditional, than this list is for you.
- Strip Club Meat and Fish – Located in Dayton’s Bluff, this quaint eatery boasts a seasonal menu chock full of locally sourced ingredients including grass fed strip steak, their signature dish. Because their menu is seasonal, it changes frequently, so we recommend going often to sample some of the delicious small plate creations before they are gone. The steak is amazing, the atmosphere is perfect for a romantic date night or a fun night out with friends. If you haven’t experienced this place yet, you’re sorely missing out and so is your stomach. We feel sorry for both of you.
- Burch Steak – Here’s the thing about this place, you have choices galore. We’re talking at least 17 different steaks on their menu. Any cut you could possibly want, from a grass fed hanger steak to a prime cut of filet. They’ll also tell you exactly where their steaks came from and you can choose from grass fed, prime and even Japanese wagyu (if you’ve heard of Kobe beef, then you are already familiar with one region of wagyu beef). They also have a lengthy list of possible sides to accompany your cut such as roasted cauliflower, buttermilk creamed spinach and grilled bacony mushrooms. Now doesn’t that sound good?
- Mancini’s Char House – Take a short trip over the river to St. Paul’s West 7th Street. There you’ll find an area well marked by it’s Italian and Irish heritage. You’d be sorely amiss if you didn’t stop by Mancini’s Char House and experience what it must have been like to sink your teeth into a perfectly charred cut of beef, while comfortably seated in a round, high backed booth, complete with a checkered table cloth, while also enjoying the sounds of Sinatra and Martin. The menu is small because they know what they do and they do it well. Get the filet, add the lobster tail and enjoy the charred garlic toasts and bowl of crudite while you wait for the deliciousness to arrive at your table.
- Erte – Located one block north of Broadway and University on 13th in Northeast Minneapolis. Top your choice of four different cuts of meat with garlic butter, house made steak sauce, red wine pan sauce or blue cheese butter (I highly recommend the blue cheese butter). While you’re at it, why not go wild and add mushrooms and onions for only $3? They also have a plethora of delectable sides to choose, so we recommend going there with a couple of folks willing to share so you get a chance to sample a few things. Also while you’re there, try the poutine, their non-traditional version comes topped with hollandaise and brie…what?!!!! Um yes. Head there on a Friday or Saturday after 7pm to catch the live music while you nosh on a meal fit for a carnivore.
- Bachelor Farmer – This isn’t the first or last time that this eatery will receive accolades from us. The Bachelor Farmer is known for sourcing local ingredients (organic whenever possible) and even growing some of their own on their rooftop garden, and then using them to create flavor dance parties in your mouth. What they do with simple ingredients can only be explained as wizardry. Go there for dinner, try the hanger steak, order a bunch of sides (we recommend the duck fat potatoes with pickled red onions and fermented ginger), revel in the joy. When you’ve recovered from your food coma, go outside and around the back to Marvel Bar for an after dinner cocktail that is sure to leave your tastebuds both excited and satiated. Then go back on Saturday or Sunday for brunch….rinse….repeat. Any questions?
- Nico’s Taco and Tequila Bar – Ok, so I know this isn’t a steakhouse, but it would be as if I were unfairly hoarding valuable food information from you if I didn’t tell you about the carne asada tacos from Nico’s. Located on Hennepin in Uptown, you may know this joint as “one of the restaurants that looks like a house.” And yes, it is located in a converted house. But make no mistake, this place is awesome. Made to order tacos in several delicious varieties, 6 different house made salsas (get the Naranja, omg yum!), homemade guacamole and flights (that’s right I said flights) of tequila. The carne asada is made with black angus that is marinated then grilled, wrapped in a flour or corn tortilla and served with cilantro, onion and lime. They are so perfect and soooooo tender. I seriously could eat 1 or 5 of these every day. Pair this with a side of elote and you have, what I would call, my version of paradise. It’s ok if your eyes close on their own while you savor each bite, just pretend you are on a beach somewhere and there you go, paradise. See? I told you.
- Salut – You are in luck because this French eatery has two great locations, one on St. Paul’s Grand Avenue and the other on 50th and France in Edina. Of course when you think French steak, you think steak frites and if that’s what you’re looking for then you will not be disappointed with the fare here. With three different cuts, all topped with garlic butter and a side of pomme frites, your craving for boeuf a la francaise will certainly be happily satisfied. However if it is something a little lighter that you desire, then may we recommend the steak salad? Tender cuts of beef, cooked to perfection and served atop a bed of crisp greens and topped with blue cheese, onion, red pepper and poached egg… topped it all off with a vinaigrette made with sweet, Banyuls (a port-like aperitif) and you have steak salad heaven. Oh, did I mention you also get as much fresh made, baguette with sea salted butter that you could ever want? I don’t understand why you aren’t going to get your coat.