There are few things you can put on a plate that are more delicious than a juicy, cooked-to-perfection steak.
Vegetarians may cringe, but the sight, smell and taste of a medium rare steak is enough to make most meat lovers do a happy dance.
It is a good thing the Miami Valley has its places to get a good steak.
Below is a list of five steakhouses you have to try. Prices are subject to change.
Why?: The Paragon is as far from a hipster club as one can get, and that is part of its charm. This dimly lit, old-school spot does steak the right way and has class galore without the gimmicks.
Where: 797 Miamisburg Centerville Road, Dayton, Ohio 45459
Number: (937) 433-1234
The Steak (entrees include a salad, a potato and vegetables)
Eight ounce Filet Mignon – $33.95
16 ounce Bone in Filet – $43.95
Paragon Twin Filets (Two 3-oz. bacon-wrapped filets with crabmeat, artichoke hearts and fresh béarnaise) – $34.95
12 ounce New York Strip Steak – $34.50
16 ounce. New York Strip Steak – $37.50
18 ounce Porterhouse Steak – $35.95
18 ounce Ribeye Steak – 38.95
Eight ounce Tenderloin Tips — 25.95
Prime Rib of Beef — 29.95
12 ounce Chopped Beef Tenderloin Steak — 23.95
Filet Mignon and Lobster — market price
Why? There is a reason the Oakwood Club is often packed with diners. The steaks are dang juicy and dang tender and the bartenders know how to make a mean Manhattan.
Where?: 2414 Far Hills Ave., Oakwood
The Steak: Beef ( a salad and two side dishes included. A light menu is also available)
10 ounce The Oakwood Club Cut New York Strip Sirloin Steak – $26.95
13 ounce Regular Cut New York Strip Sirloin Steak – $31.95
16 ounce Heavy Cut New York Strip Sirloin Steak – $ 34.95
21 ounce Porterhouse Steak – $33.95
Nine ounce Regular Cut Filet Mignon – $31.95
12 ounce Heavy Cut Filet Mignon – $36.95
16 ounce “Bone-In” Filet Mignon – Market Fare
10 ounce Princess Cut Roast Prime Rib of Beef – $26.95
13 ounce Regular Cut Roast Prime Rib of Beef – $28.95
Ship to Shore Dinner 6 ounce African Tristan Lobster Tail and 6 ounce Filet Mignon) – Market Fare
15 ounce Heavy Cut Roast Prime Rib of Beef – $31.95
Medallions of Beef Tenderloin — $19.95
10 ounce Chopped Sirloin — 17.95
Why?: The Pine Club earned its national and local reputation by providing quality food and service. The taste of the food has stood the test of time, making it a Dayton classic.
Where?: 1926 Brown St., Dayton
Phone (937) 228-7463
The Steak (Dinners include the restaurant’s famed stewed tomatoes or the vegetable of the day, potatoes, salad and rolls):
Filet Mignon — $33.95
Extra Heavy Filet Mignon — $38.95
Strip-Loin Steak — $32.95
Extra Heavy Strip-Loin Steak — $39.95
“Double” Strip-Loin Steak (dinner for two) — $64.95
Porterhouse — $32.95
“Double” Porterhouse (dinner for two) — $64.95
“Bone In” Rib Eye Steak — $37.95
“Bone In” Filet — $39.95
Roast Prime Rib of Beef — $30.95
Braised Tenderloin Tips with Fresh Mushrooms — $21.95
Chopped Beef Tenderloin — $19.95
Surf & Turf (Filet & one lobster tail) — $49.95
Why?: Look no further if you want to impress an out-of-town guest or a first time date with upscale luxury. Fleming’s serves up delicious cuts of beef and has an expansive wine selection. A hundred varieties of wine are sold by the glass.
Where?: 4432 Walnut St. at The Greene, Beavercreek,
Phone: (937) 320-9548.
The Steak (family-style sides are sold separately):
Main Filet Mignon — $42.50
Petite Filet Mignon — $38.95
Newport Filet Mignon (served with Fleming’s potatoes) — 35.50
Prime Ribeye — $46.50
Prime Bone-in Ribeye — $47.95
Prime New York Strip — 44.50
Porcini Rubbed Filet Mignon (center cut, grilled asparagus spears, Gorgonzola cream sauce) —40.95
Peppercorn steak (prime new york strip, cracked black and white peppercorns, proprietary “F17” steak sauce, French green beans) — 43.50
Prime Rib Dinner (Sunday only) — $39.50
Why?Lead by Executive Chef William Pence, the kitchen staff at Carvers have a passion for delivering great steaks to patrons. The food that is pumped out of the kitchen is above board at this fun and spirited, independent restaurant owned by Ed and Blanca Fauble of Michigan.
Where? 1535 Miamisburg Centerville Road, Dayton, OH, 45401
Phone (937) 433-7099
The Steak (Entrees served with soup or salad and choice of baked potato, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, au gratin potatoes, wild rice pilaf or vegetable)
11 ounce Standard Cut New York Strip — $23
14 ounce Carvers Cut New York Strip — $26
Eight ounce Standard Cut Filet Mignon — $26.50
11 ounce Carvers Cut Filet Mignon —$30.50
11 ounce Whiskey Peppercorn New York Strip — $24.50
Porterhouse — $35.00
Tournedos Oscar ( two filet medallions topped with asparagus, crab and Bearnaise — $27.50
18 ounce Kansas City Strip — $27
Ribeye — $25
16 ounce Texas Chile Oil Ribeye —$27.
10 ounce Prime Rib Standard Cut — $22
14 ounce Prime Rib House Cut — $25
20 ounce Prime Rib Cavers Cut (a quarter pounds, served on the bone) — $29
What do you think? Which restaurant makes the best steak in the Dayton area?
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