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Houston ties New York for the most restaurants on best steakhouses in America list

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Steakhouses can be a nice treat for anyone who loves meat — and few do it better than Houston's best.

Need proof? On a new list of America's 20 Best Steakhouses, two Houston area restaurants made the cut — no pun intended.

The Daily Meal ranked Killen's Steakhouse sixth in the country and Pappas Bros. Steakhouse 13th. How impressive is that? New York City is the only other city that places more than one steakhouse on the list, tying Houston with two.

Developed in the late 19th century, steakhouses are among some of the oldest types of American restaurants. Eat/Dine Editor of The Daily Meal Dan Myers writes, "Steakhouses all have one thing in common: they're unabashedly dedicated to the unbridled consumption of meat." 

Killen's Steakhouse received bonus points for having both dry aged and wet aged steaks. 

Le Cordon Bleu trained chef Ronnie Killen opened his steakhouse, located at 2804 S Main St. in Pearland, seven years ago. The steaks are sourced from Allen Brothers in Chicago and Strube Ranch in Pittsburg, Texas. The menu includes other options such as fried chicken, jumbo fried Gulf shrimp, and smoked pork and black-eyed pea gumbo. 

Since opening in 1976, Pappas Bros, located at 5839 Westheimer, has frequently gained noticed as one of Houston's top and most consistent restaurants. The meat is dry-aged in-house and can be served bone-in or bone-out. A 40-ounce porterhouse, an eight-ounce filet mignon, an 18-ounce bone-in New York strip, or a rib-eye of Texas Akaushi Kobe beef are all available. Not to mention 2,300 wine choices.

No wonder so many people in Houston treat themselves to a nice steak, a glass — or a few glasses — of wine and good company. If your stomach grows a 'food baby' after a meal at Killen's or Pappas . . . well, at least it came from one of the best steakhouses in America.

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