Cut from the ribs of the cow, prime rib is a roast, not a steak -- and it's one of the most popular cuts of beef in America. April 27 is National Prime Rib Day, and every day of the year restaurants across the country serve prime rib as a special (some just for early bird diners). Here are some of the best prime rib nights across the country.
JOE WHEELER STATE PARK RESTAURANT, ALABAMA
Every Friday night from 5 to 8, the restaurant at Joe Wheeler State Park in Rogersville hosts a prime rib buffet. The $19 price tag includes coffee and water; soft drinks add $1.95 to the bill.
IVORY JACK'S, ALASKA
Located in the business district of Fairbanks, Ivory Jack's hosts prime rib night every Friday. The $28 price buys a 14-ounce cut of slow-roasted beef served with au jus. Add deep-fried shrimp or Alaskan king crab legs for an extra charge.
PY STEAKHOUSE, ARIZONA
Inside Tucson's Casino Del Sol is PY Steakhouse, where prime rib can be enjoyed every Wednesday night. Spend $25 for a 10-ounce cut with horseradish cream and rosemary au jus. The meal also comes with a loaded baked potato, roasted garlic, and a seasonal vegetable. There's a $4 wine special, too.
PENGUIN ED'S BAR-B-QUE, ARKANSAS
Penguin Ed's in Fayetteville has a prime rib special every Saturday at its Mission Boulevard branch, and it's different than most -- the beef is smoked. The half-pound queen is $19 and the 1-pound king is $28. Both come with Texas toast, a baked potato, and a side salad.
PARKWEST CASINO, CALIFORNIA
What's better than prime rib night? Five prime rib nights a week. The Parkwest Casino in Sonoma runs a $10 prime rib special Sunday through Thursday starting at 4 p.m. It includes an 8-ounce prime rib, choice of soup or salad, and a starch or vegetable.
QUINCY'S STEAK & SPIRITS, COLORADO
In Leadville there are two chances a week for high-end beef at Quincy's. Friday and Saturday prime rib dinners start at $10, with the chance to upgrade to a larger portion for a few bucks more. Dinners include a baked potato, bread, and a salad. Can't make it? Sunday through Thursday is filet mignon night.
THE SPOT CAFE, CONNECTICUT
Friday and Saturday nights are a celebration of prime rib at the Spot Cafe in Groton. A prime rib dinner is $17, or $23 to upgrade to the king cut on Friday. The Saturday Night Special is $14. All dinners come with corn and mashed potatoes.
CLADDAGH ON THE SHORE, DELAWARE
This Irish-themed seaside bar on Fenwick Island does prime rib every Thursday night. A 14-ounce king cut is $18 and comes with a veggie and a starch.
HAROLD SELTZER'S STEAKHOUSE, FLORIDA
Prime rib Monday was such a hit that Harold Seltzer's added a Thursday night prime rib special. The St. Petersburg restaurant knocks $3 off the price for every size, including the 8-ounce, 1-pound and massive 2-pound cuts, which are priced at $14, $18, and $27, respectively. All dinners come with soup, salad, rolls, and a side.
CROSSROADS BAR & GRILLE, GEORGIA
Slow-roasted and seasoned prime rib for $19 is the special every Thursday night at Crossroads, and it's also offered as an option at the Flowery Branch restaurant on Monday night, as well. It's served with a garden salad, a side, and horseradish sauce.
RAY'S CAFE, HAWAII
While this decidedly casual cafe in Honolulu may lack ambience, the prices can't be beat -- and fans say it's the best food in Honolulu. When prime rib lands on the menu, it's usually $17, a rare bargain in an expensive tourism hub.
WESTSIDE DRIVE IN, IDAHO
A trip to the Westside Drive In in Boise is a journey back to the 1950s. Open since 1957, the drive-in has retro flair and has hosted vintage car shows. Prime rib night is every Thursday, and the $21 meal comes with a roll and salad. Print this page from the website for $1.50 off, too.
EPIC BUFFET, ILLINOIS
Epic Buffet in Joliet's Hollywood Casino has a $23 prime rib special every Saturday night. The buffet doesn't stop at the carving table, either -- for the price, diners can also enjoy pizza, seafood, pasta, salads, and desserts.
NINE IRISH BROTHERS PUB, INDIANA
A local favorite, O'Bryan's Nine Irish Brothers in Lafayette has received multiple readers' choice awards for its food. The pub serves slow-cooked prime rib for $20 every Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The meal comes with mashed potatoes and veggies.
EDGEWATER GRILLE, IOWA
Edgewater Grill in Burlington hosts a weekly brunch every Sunday that features carved prime rib for $14. There are also breakfast and seafood options. The special runs every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Want prime rib for dinner? Get all-you-can-eat prime rib and crab legs for $22 on Saturday nights.
BLIND TIGER BREWERY, KANSAS
The Blind Tiger was the first craft brewery in Topeka, but there's a full menu on offer too. The prime rib special is served for lunch and dinner only on Friday and Saturdays. It's available in two sizes -- the $20 "big one" and the $24 "bigger one." Both come with one side dish.
TONY'S STEAKS AND SEAFOOD, KENTUCKY
Although it's not exactly a special, the prime rib sliders at Tony's in Lexington are a unique upgrade to the bar menu staple. The prime rib is roasted and served with demi-glace, caramelized onions, and horseradish cream on a bun -- all for $8.
TREASURE ISLAND BUFFET, LOUISIANA
Treasure Island Buffet, located in the Treasure Chest Casino in Kenner, offers a prime rib special every Thursday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. The dinner costs $20 a person -- making it worth stepping off the casino floor for a bite.
OXFORD CASINO, MAINE
Every Friday in Oxford, beef lovers can head to the Oxford Casino for the weekly prime rib buffet. For $22, diners can eat unlimited prime rib plus turkey or ham, as well as pasta, salads, other entrees, and dessert.
BREW RIVER RESTAURANT AND BAR, MARYLAND
Prime rib dinners (market price) are half price every Tuesday and Wednesday at Brew River in Salisbury. Each meal is served with two sides, and a salad can be substituted for a side for an extra $4.
GREENSIDE GRILLE, MASSACHUSETTS
Monday and Tuesday are both reserved for prime rib at the Greenside Grille in Hingham. Starting at 5 p.m. both nights, an order of prime rib with a vegetable and a potato costs $13.
BATH CITY BISTRO, MICHIGAN
Every Thursday is prime rib night at Bath City Bistro in Mount Clemens. Cooked to order and slow roasted, the beef is served with salad, soup, and a choice of starch. The whole meal is $16. Thirsty? Add $4 for a Long Island iced tea.
OBB'S SPORTS BAR AND GRILL, MINNESOTA
Saturday is prime rib night at Obb's in St. Paul, where a queen cut is $19 and a king cut is $21. Obb's also features a prime rib special for $17 on Thursdays.
WOODY'S TUPELO STEAKHOUSE, MISSISSIPPI
The weekly Friday prime rib special at this Tupelo restaurant offers the choice of a 12-ounce cut for $29 or an 18-ounce cut for $37. There is also a "prime rib for two" option, which features two 10-ounce cuts, along with sides and salads, for $43.
RIVER CITY CASINO AND HOTEL, MISSOURI
The prime rib and seafood buffet at this St. Louis casino restaurant runs from 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. every Friday. Kids 3 and under eat free, kids 4 to 10 pay $17, and adults pay $25 -- with a free casino rewards card.
POMPEY'S GRILL, MONTANA
Pompey's in the Sacajawea Hotel in Three Forks hosts prime rib night every Wednesday. A 10-ounce, herb-crusted cut of beef is served with a bacon-wrapped potato and a vegetable for $23.
The Throwback Tuesday menu at Misty's in Lincoln offers small portions at reduced prices. Try the 4-ounce blackened prime rib for $7, the 6-ounce prime rib for $14, an 8-ounce cut for $17, or a 10-ounce cut for $20.
PARADISE BUFFET, NEVADA
If it's Sunday, Monday or Thursday, it's prime rib night at Paradise Buffet in the Fremont Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. From 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., get a generous portion of prime rib for just $16. You have to be a casino card member, but membership is free.
GOVERNOR'S INN, NEW HAMPSHIRE
Every Friday and Saturday night is set aside for prime rib at the Governor's Inn in Rochester. Diners have the choice of a 12-ounce cut for $19.95 or $16 ounces for $22.95, served with au jus and horseradish cream sauce.
COURT STREET, NEW JERSEY
Dive into a 1-pound cut of prime rib for $22 every Monday from 4:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. at this Hoboken haunt. Each meal is served with a potato, vegetable, and soup or salad.
SANTA ANA STAR CASINO, NEW MEXICO
The Feast Buffet at the Santa Ana Star Casino is home to seafood and prime rib Fridays, every week from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. For $26, prime rib is joined by shrimp, oysters, and crab legs.
VOLPE RISTORANTE, NEW YORK
On Thursdays at Volpe in Long Island, diners start out with their choice of soup or salad, and then move onto the main course: prime rib. The queen cut is a regular portion served off the bone for $26. The king is a regular portion on the bone for $29 and the cowboy cut is a double cut served on the bone for $47.
BEAUFORT GROCERY CO., NORTH CAROLINA
Every Wednesday is prime rib night in the historic town of Beaufort. The Beaufort Grocery Co. charges $20 a person for not just the beef but also a soup or salad, fresh vegetable, and twice-baked potato.
9 IRON BAR & GRILL AT OSGOOD, NORTH DAKOTA
From 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Friday, it's prime rib night at 9 Iron Bar & Grill in Fargo. The restaurant serves a "generous" portion of beef along with two sides for $16.
SQUARE BISTRO, OHIO
Square Bistro in Chardon offers three cuts of locally raised prime rib every Thursday night. The 12-ounce queen cut is $22, the 1-pound king cut is $27, and the monster cut is $31. There are a whole bunch of fancy add-ons for diners willing to spend a little more, including blue cheese fondue and a butter-poached Maine lobster tail.
PORTOBELLO GRILLE, OKLAHOMA
Portobello Grille in Elk City loves prime rib night so much the restaurant hosts it twice a week. Stop in on Friday or Saturday (or both) for a $26 14-ounce cut of beef that has been slow roasted for hours.
PRIME RIB AND CHOCOLATE CAKE, OREGON
Monday is prime rib night at PR+CC in Portland, where a prime rib dinner costs $18. Diners are invited to round out the meal with a slice of chocolate cake for just $2 more.
NPL MCCANDLESS, PENNSYLVANIA
The North Park Lounge in Pittsburgh has a prime rib dinner for every appetite. On Saturdays a 10-ounce cut is $15, a 14-ounce cut is $18, and a full pound is $21. All three come with a soup or salad and a side dish.
TICKETS BAR AND GRILLE, RHODE ISLAND
Tickets Bar and Grille in Middletown hosts prime rib night every Friday and Saturday for $15. Reserved for the weekends, prime rib does not appear on the regular entree menu.
PLUM'S, SOUTH CAROLINA
Plum's Creative Lowcountry Cuisine in Beaufort has a $19 prime rib special every Thursday from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The farm-to-table restaurant, open since 1986, specializes in lowcountry cuisine ranging from steaks to seafood.
T.C.'S REFEREE, SOUTH DAKOTA
Prime rib is available Thursday through Saturday after 5 p.m. at T.C.'s Referee in Sioux Falls. The 12-ounce Major League is $20 and the 16-ounce Hall of Fame is $25 -- but only for the weekend. Thursday is Prime Night, when a 12-ounce cut is "specially priced" at $16.79 with soup or salad and the choice of a potato or side.
SWEET GRASS, TENNESSEE
Sunday is prime rib day at Sweet Grass in Memphis. The 14-ounce prime rib dinner costs $25 and comes with a baked potato.
RED'S PORCH, TEXAS
Head to Red's in Austin for smoked prime rib night, which is right before happy hour every Wednesday. The prime rib is served with a wedge salad, a loaded baked potato, and a beer for $21.
GUN BARREL STEAK & GAME HOUSE, UTAH
Monday is prime rib night at the Gun Barrel Steak & Game House in St. George. The family-owned restaurant hand-rubs the meat in lodge seasonings before slow roasting it. The meal includes a soup or salad and choice of side.
RIVER HOUSE RESTAURANT AT THE STOWE INN, VERMONT
The River House Restaurant, part of the historic Stowe Inn, sets aside Fridays for prime rib. The farm-to-table restaurant slow roasts each cut of 10-ounce beef before serving it with baked asparagus and mashed potatoes. The meal costs $27.
THE ICEHOUSE RESTAURANT, VIRGINIA
The Icehouse has been a staple of the Virginia Beach culinary scene since 1910, and weekends are reserved for prime rib. Every Friday and Saturday night, a 10-ounce cut is available for $17 and a 14-ounce cut for $3 more.
DUCK TALES KITCHEN, WASHINGTON
To take part in Prime Rib Fridays at Duck Tales in Vancouver, get there early -- because once the restaurant runs out of prime rib, that's it for the evening. The $18 price buys a 10-ounce cut, seasonal vegetables, au gratin potatoes, and soup or salad.
STILLWATERS, WEST VIRGINIA
Stillwaters is the signature restaurant of the Stonewall Resort in Roanoke, and every Saturday is prime rib night. The beef is served alongside a selection of regional Appalachian cuisine. The all-you-can-eat event costs $25 per adult and lasts from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
SUZY'S STEAK & SEAFOOD, WISCONSIN
Every Saturday is prime rib night at Suzy's in Portage. Choose a petite, queen, or king cut for $17, $19, or $21, respectively. Those feeling ambitious (and flush) can upgrade the order to include jumbo shrimp, crab legs, or lobster tail for an additional charge.
BUFFALO BILL'S IRMA HOTEL, WYOMING
The scheduling of the "Famous Irma Prime Rib Buffet" changes with the season, but the price remains the same. Adults pay $26, children 7 to 10 cost $10, and kids 6 and under eat slow-roasted prime rib for free at this Cody institution. A sweet-potato bake, fish, oysters Rockefeller, pasta, and Buffalo ribs have also appeared at the buffet.