June holds two events that are near and dear to our hearts — National Steakhouse Month and Father’s Day. Coincidence? We think not. So, this Father’s Day, ditch the boring ties and cufflinks and the cheesy #1 Dad coffee mug in favor of a memorable steak dinner, which is a win-win for you. Especially if you order bigger-than-big cuts, which are sure to impress upon your pa just how much you love, respect, and admire him. Here are 11 epic steaks worthy of the world’s greatest fathers.
Meat Market, Miami Beach, Florida
Quickly seared to create a slightly caramelized crust, a few strokes of the knife reveal a bright red center (don’t you dare order this steak cooked greater than medium rare!). The 30-ounce Wagyu tomahawk steak sourced from Down Under goes well with any of the housemade butters, including lobster butter and chili mole butter. Or you can opt for one of the sauces, like atomic horseradish truffle or Jack Daniels pasilla chili garlic. Make a reservation at Meat Market.
Charlie Palmer Steak, New York, New York
Dry aged for 40 days, the porterhouse for two is a beautiful behemoth. Take it to even grander heights by topping it off with sautéed foie gras, half a lobster tail, or king crab. A side of truffled mac ‘n’ cheese wouldn’t be out of order either. Make a reservation at Charlie Palmer Steak.
Bourbon Steak, Washington, D.C.
Michael Mina’s restaurant decided to take its name literally by pairing its two namesakes. Executive chef Joe Palma offers a trio of dry-aged steaks sourced from Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley: an 18-ounce bone-in New York Strip, a 28-ounce bone-in rib-eye, and a 40-ounce bone-in tomahawk. The colossal cuts come with your choice of rare bourbons, such as 17-year-old Eagle Rare, 20-year-old Orphan Barrel Barterhouse, and 23-year-old Elijah Craig. Sounds like a match made in heaven. Make a reservation at Bourbon Steak.
Prime Italian, Miami Beach, Florida
Clocking in at 48 ounces, the porterhouse is intended for two – though you can share it with a third wheel tagging along if you’re feeling generous. Order it with your choice of chapeaux (literally French for “hats,” which is to say toppings), such as lobster or foie gras, as well as your choice of sauces, including horseradish cream, chimichurri, and peppercorn. Make a reservation at Prime Italian.
Cook Hall, Dallas, Texas
Don your ten-gallon hat and slip on your spurs before you order the supersized, spice rubbed cowboy ribeye. It arrives with smoked baked beans, collard greens, and a tangle of fried onion ribbons. Yee-haw! Make a reservation at Cook Hall.
RPM Steak, Chicago, Illinois
You have to prep you belly and your budget before you order this steak. Clocking in at an impressive 42 ounces (otherwise known as three frickin’ pounds), the Wagyu tomahawk costs $195 (otherwise known as a small car payment). The kitchen recommends it with jumbo asparagus, hen of the woods mushrooms, and the Millionaire’s Potato, which heavily features black truffles, of course. Make a reservation at RPM Steak.
Driftwood Room, Miami Beach, Florida
The côte de boeuf is marinated with rich Rocambole garlic and roasted white onion to add layers of rich, earthy flavors. Cut through the umami rush with a few rounds of locally brewed Cigar City Jai Alai IPA or a Moto-Guzzi cocktail made with bourbon, amaro, and vermouth. Either way, don’t forget to toast chef Alex Guarnaschelli before you dig in. Make a reservation at Driftwood Room.
Bill’s Townhouse, New York, New York
Consider this porterhouse for two the ultimate Tinder test for passionate carnivores. If the cutie you swiped right on swipes left on this meaty masterpiece, you probably won’t get to date two. If they are game for digging in, supplement your steak with spring peas and diced carrots, classic creamed spinach, and golden hash browns. Make a reservation at Bill’s Townhouse.
Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse, Chicago
The 42 Chop actually weighs 36 ounces. Its name is a nod to Sid Luckman, #42 for the Chicago Bears and holder of the NFL’s MVP title in 1943. This huger-than-huge tomahawk steak is best tackled by two diners – or one really hungry offensive lineman. If you’re feeling ambitious, add on orders of scalloped potatoes enriched with blue cheese and Brussels sprouts tossed in maple bourbon butter. Make a reservation at Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse.
Vandal, New York, New York
This massive chunk of protein is the Notorious B.I.G. of the steak world. Weighing in at an impressive 36 ounces, the tomahawk ribeye is dry aged for 50 days before chef Chris Santos sizzles it up. Guests can dunk hunks in their choice of red chimichurri or green Romesco sauce to add some – as Biggie would say – mad flavor into the mix. Make a reservation at Vandal.
Avec Nous, Beverly Hills, California
This côte de bœuf is so ginormous it’s wheeled up to the table atop a vintage bicycle cart. The grilled tomahawk chop arrives with the whiff of fresh rosemary, as well as roasted shallots and green peppercorn butter. Make sure to also get the fantastic French fries and Parmesan-dusted grilled asparagus. They’re the perfect accompaniments to this meal fit for a roi (king) and reine (queen). Make a reservation at Avec Nous.
Nevin Martell is a Washington, D.C.-based food and travel writer and the author of several books, including Freak Show Without A Tent: Swimming with Piranhas, Getting Stoned in Fiji and Other Family Vacations. Find him on Twitter @nevinmartell.
Photo credits: JWKPEC Photography (Gibson’s); Ben Rusnak (Meat Market); D. Brandwein (Bill’s Townhouse); Aubrie Pick (Charlie Palmer).