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Charlotte has long been known as a steakhouse city when it comes to dining. And while new, locally-run and chef driven restaurants have entered the scene in recent years, you’ll still find top chain steakhouses featuring opulent dining rooms and elegant menus, where some of the city’s biggest deals go down.
In the Piedmont Row area of the SouthPark neighborhood, this renowned steakhouse is known for its see-and-be-seen crowd. On many nights you’re likely to spot a famous face at the crowd around the spectacular bar or coming down its curving staircase. The steaks, of course, steal the show though most nights and are considered some of the best in town.
A relative newcomer to the scene, this restaurant is located off the lobby of Uptown’s Ritz-Carlton. With a more modern and sleek look than most of the city’s steakhouses, it’s been a fast favorite for locals seeking to enjoy an after work cocktail at its small bar. And while its steaks and a la carte sides like jalapeno mashed potatoes, are worth a visit, if you’re short for time, drinks like the rosemary margarita and appetizers like the tuna tartar make are perfect for a light bite.
The Capital Grille
Known for its private rooms, where many of the city’s biggest banking deals are said to have gone down, this center city spot is typically filled with a working crowd. The service here is impressively well done and the only thing on the menu that may get more attention than the steaks are the perfectly fried calamari and peppers.
Steakhouses are a dime a dozen in a large city like New York, Chicago, and Philadelphia. But in the Queen City, there a handful of steakhouses and only a few that truly standout. Here are the best in town.
Block & Grinder
No, it’s certainly nothing like the steakhouses you’d find in Chicago or New York. But this small restaurant in an unassuming shopping area near SouthPark is serving up steaks and its counterparts that rival some of the best on the East coast let alone the South. The idea behind B&G is simple: get back to the basics. Every meat selection on the menu—from the rib eye to the filet mignon—is hand-cut by B&G staff while less traditional steakhouse options like the corned beef and pastrami are brined, steamed, smoked, trimmed, and cut in house, as well. Traditional favorites such as the NY Strip are modernized by the simple addition of duck eggs over easy served atop the savory cut served alongside sweet potato hash. Farm-to-table ingredients add a fresh burst of flavor to the sides (pan-friend corn is to die for). Block & Grinder may be atypical, but it’s one of the best restaurants (and steakhouses) in town.
Don’t be fooled by the modern décor. This uptown spot is not only one of the hottest restaurants in town it’s also one of the best places for steak. No, it’s not necessarily a steakhouse, but you won’t find a better steak in this area of town. The options range from a grilled hanger steak to the Prime 60-Second NY Strip. The latter is fresh-cut to order and cooked on one side resulting in a flavorful crust on one side and a rich, juicy flavor on the other. The sides aren’t to be missed either: sauteed green beans and horseradish mashed potatoes are delicious.
The Charlotte outpost of this popular steakhouse located in the lobby of the Forbes four star Ritz-Carlton Charlotte has become the “it” spot for movers and shakers since its opening. Standouts include the American Waygu skirt steak—a rich and tender cut—which when served alongside the sauteed spinach or jalapeno mashed potatoes is quite possibly one of the best dishes in Charlotte.