Houston has scored another victory in the quest to be known nationwide as a top dining destination.
Two weeks after the Food Network show Top 5 Restaurants named Killen's Barbecue the No. 2 smoked meat purveyor in the country, the show is at it again. On Monday night, it touted the "Top 5 Steaks in America" and Pappas Bros. Steakhouse came in at No. 3.
The episode highlighted the Galleria-area meat temple's 32-ounce, dry-aged New York strip for two. "Size isn’t the only reason this bone in New York strip steak lands at the No. 3 spot," host Sunny Anderson explained. "Our scouts agree the quality of the beef blew away the competition in this steak-loving state."
According to the episode, the quality starts with Papps Bros. dry aging and butchering all of its meat in-house. Chef Michael Velardi explains that the restaurant leaves on a quarter-inch of fat that renders while the massive, two-pound steak cooks for 25 to 35 minutes. The USDA Prime beef only needs salt, pepper and butter to enhance its natural flavors.
As with Killen's, Pappas Bros has high-profile company on the show. In the best steaks list, RPM Steak in Chicago came in at No. 5; San Francisco's House of Prime Rib at No. 4 and the Pine Club in Dayton, Ohio at No. 2. The world-famous Peter Luger Steakhouse in Brooklyn took the top spot with its Porterhouse for two.
Of course, Pappas Bros. isn't only a destination for steak. Wine Spectator magazine renewed the restaurant's Grand Award status, which makes it one of only 81 establishments in the country to have its wine list earn the title.