4222 2nd Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201
Mario’s opened in Detroit in 1948, and since then has been known as one of the best places for Italian food in the city. It likes to keep an “old school” feel, and it offers ballroom dancing (weekends only), valet service, tableside cooking and shuttles to some of the city’s theater venues. Mario’s steak menu is extensive, and it runs the gamut from your traditional filet mignon ($35-$41, depending on size) to its porterhouse steak, to its most famous entree, the steak Diane (NY sirloin, “flamed in cognac”) which is prepared tableside and priced per person. If dinner at Mario’s is out of your budget, check out the restaurant for lunch instead; it offers a chopped sirloin steak for $12.99 on Wednesdays only.
33210 W. 14 Mile Road
West Bloomfield, MI 48322
Sposita’s is family owned and it’s known for its steak dishes. Its located near the corner of 14 Mile and Farmington, in the West Bloomfield area, and is open for dinner only, with the exception of Fridays, when it’s open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. for a lunch service too. Sposita’s specialty is its filet mignon with “special zip sauce,” as well as its house-made pasta. Parking, as well as valet, is available on-premises.
322 S. Main St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
The Chop House is Ann Arbor’s go-to steakhouse when you’re looking for something tasty, and it’s attached to La Dolce Vita, which has fantastic desserts. Its atmosphere is perfect for date night – dimly lit and romantic – and its steaks are USDA Prime (only 2 percent of all beef raised has this distinction) and aged 28-34 days. Try the 8 oz. filet mignon if you have a small appetite, or the 20-22 oz. cowboy steak if you’re looking for a more filling meal. All fresh vegetables, potatoes and add-ons are a la carte. If you decide to partake in La Dolce Vita’s desserts, you can either continue dining at your table, or your server will reserve a table for you next door. LDV has more of a “lounge” feel, which is also nice.
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155 W. Congress
Detroit, MI 48226
London Chop House is located downtown at the corner of W. Congress and Shelby, and was created in 1938 by the Gruber brothers. It’s been named as one of the 10 best restaurants in the U.S. by James Beard, and in February 2012 it reopened its doors, along with the LCH Cigar Lounge. The steaks range from $32 (6 oz. filet mignon) to $88 (32 oz. USDA prime porterhouse) and are served with garlic butter, and either au poivre, bearnaise or chimichurri sauce. Sides (such as potatoes, vegetables or mac and cheese) are a la carte.
Motor City Casino
2901 Grand River Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201
Iridescence is located inside the Motor City Casino and its steaks are some of its specialties. It’s located on the top floor, so you don’t have to cut through the casino gaming area to get to the restaurant. Try the New York strip steak ($49; 12 oz., dry-aged by 28 days, with sundried tomato-saffron rice cake, sauce rouille, braised baby fennel and vinegar tomato-pepper butter), the prime ribeye ($75; 24 oz., bone-in ribeye with sweet potato pave, cipollini and madeira sauce), or the Chateaubriand ($85; 16 oz. grilled filet, with chateau potatoes, glazed root veggies and bearnaise sauce). Iridescence is the only Four-Diamond restaurant in the city, as well.
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