There's nothing more primal and alluring than the scent of meat cooking on the grill, and we've found 50 outstanding steakhouses that will have you salivating for the best cuts of beef, starters, and sides. We excluded the well-known chains, so our list features many cool, hard-to-find places, some hole-in-the-wall operations, and also some quite fancy and romantic places with dazzling views.
These are generally not the steak world's usual suspects -- but instead, chef- or family-owned steak joints to seek out based on their overall customer ratings, awards, local word of mouth, and expert recommendations. Take a tasty road trip with us to a carnivore's idea of heaven in each American state. They're ready to be explored and savored with their classic menus and twists on old-time favorites.