If you're a closet carnivore, join the crowd. Lurking inside
many an ostensibly healthy eater is a steak lover waiting to chow
down. That's why diners are flocking to the nation's
premier steakhouses in
Although steakophiles in Zagat Restaurant Surveys rave about a number of excellent chains, here are their recommendations for some outstanding independent steakhouses.
New York:Peter Lugar Steak House, (718) 387-7400. OK, it's in Brooklyn and in a seedy location. But any connoisseur will tell you it's worth the pilgrimage to this mecca of meat. Smith & Wollensky, (212) 753-1530; and Sparks, (212) 687-4855. These steak havens in midtown Manhattan feature steaks the size of your table.
Dallas:Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House, (214) 490-9000. Even in its new location, Del Frisco's still packs in crowds hungry for its incredible steaks.
Atlanta:Chops, (404) 262-2675; and Bones, (404) 237-2663. Both are clubby in feel and classic in their presentation of high-quality megasteaks.
Kansas City:Plaza III, (816) 753-0000. This restaurant is known for steaks as big as roasts and its awesome steak soup.
Cleveland:Hyde Park Grille, (216) 321-6444. In a town that takes its steaks seriously, this chophouse sweeps the field. People come from near and far for the spectacular red meat.