There are a lot of folks who swear that their backyard grill is the only place in town to get a good steak. For those who are less culinarily inclined, there are a number of really great places to get a steak in Memphis. You can get a good steak at many restaurants in the area, but this list features only steakhouses -- that is, restaurants that specialize in steak. Get ready for an all-American meal of steak, baked potato, sides, and an adult beverage (if you're so inclined) at these places that are a cut above the rest.
In local polls, Folk's Folly, which opened in 1977, is frequently voted the winner for the best steak in town. It is a somewhat upscale restaurant (think business casual in terms of attire) so you'll spend a bit more than you would at a casual dining establishment. The food is high quality, though, so you may find that it's worth it to spend the extra money. Besides a fine steak menu, this family-owned restaurant offers a good choice of seafood and specialties like duck, veal, and lamb, along with steak enhancers like Bernaise sauce, barbecue butter, and Maker's Mark peppercorn sauce.
Fleming's is an upscale chain restaurant and is well-known for tender, flavorful steaks and an impressive wine list. Besides a good choice of steak cuts and steak companions, Fleming's has seafood options for non-beef eaters, small plates, and sides to share that include Fleming's signature potatoes with cream, jalapenos, and cheddar cheese; chipotle cheddar macaroni and cheese; sauteed mushrooms; and grilled asparagus. Be prepared to spend a little more for a high-quality meal and attentive service at this restaurant.
This little gem of a restaurant is located in Bartlett, where it's been serving up steaks since 1976. The atmosphere is casual; in fact, you might feel like you're dining in somebody's home instead of in a restaurant. Drinks are served in Mason jars, and steaks are reasonably priced. Side Porch's special marinade makes the steaks original, and its homemade croutons and dressings make the salad a special part of the meal.
Texas de Brazil is the place to go when you are hungry. This Brazilian steakhouse serves all-you-can-eat beef, pork, chicken, and lamb, and it has an unlimited salad/sides bar. You pay one set price for your entire meal ($45 per person for dinner as of August 2017), but drinks and desserts are extra.
This is another somewhat upscale place, in spite of the fact that it's a chain restaurant. Chain or not, though, Ruth's Chris serves up one of the best steaks in town. Its 500-degree plates are a trademark, just part of the steakhouse's emphasis on perfection for its prime cuts of beef.
The Butcher Shop in Cordova is proud to serve grain-fed beef that's hand cut daily and cooked over hickory charcoal. It offers a long list of steaks that can be enhanced with pepper sauce, steak Oscar, or lobster tail. Homemade desserts like three-layer strawberry cake, creme brulee, and cashew crunch cheesecake will make you want to save some room. Burgers are the star of the show every Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and yes, they are grilled over hickory charcoal.