“A lot of American cities have good steakhouses. But Dallas is the king of steaks,” says chef Stephan Pyles, per USA Today. This love of beef is a historical precedent that’s continued to the modern day. Steak is a fixture in the Texan diet due to the state’s long-standing cattle industry, which first began to gain traction in the 19th century in an open-range format. While farming practices have changed significantly since then, Texas remains the state that has the highest population of beef-producing cows in the United States, according to the World Animal Foundation. Steak, in particular, has retained a cultural significance to the state that both citizens and tourists love.
4. Pappas Bros. Steakhouse
It’s hard to argue with the claim that Pappas Bros. Steakhouse does things pretty well. The restaurant has stacked up numerous garlands in its time, ranking as one of the best eateries in Texas as voted by D Magazine, Texas Monthly, and the Zagat Survey. While the outfit has become a chain with multiple locations, its story started in Texas, with its first steakhouse in Houston. It’s only natural, therefore, that Dallas soon gained its own branch, and over the years, it has built up a solid reputation for reliable food and service.
Menu-wise, Pappas Bros. Steakhouse keeps things pretty classic, with steak and seafood being the order of the day. But when it does it this well, it’s hard to see why you should order anything else. “Portions were huge. Steaks were so tender and cooked perfectly,” raved one customer following their visit on Trip Advisor. “Bone in Filet was just perfectly cooked and it literally melted in our mouths — Lobster Tail just pure flavor,” said another. Other diners are quick to point out how excellent the service was, with the staff being good-natured and informed, especially when it comes to the wine, and focused on the customers’ needs.
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