Showcased on the Travel Channel’s Food Paradise for its gargantuan cuts of prime rib, Ward’s House of Prime elevates plates with formidable servings of steak, veal, seafood, and pasta within an elegant, leather-tinged dining room. Chefs slice the signature prime rib in a spectrum of portion sizes ranging from modest 8-ounce morsels to The Al-Mighty Halaka's behemoth 160 ounces. Those who conquer these savory leviathans garner immortalization in Ward’s Hall of Fame, where caricatures of past protein vanquishers smile from behind their trusty steak knives. At the bar, an extensive wine list gilds glasses with varietals hailing from throughout the globe as drinksmiths craft a bevy of inventive cocktails. The dining room’s studded-leather seating flanks tables clad in white linens, and the outdoor patio’s umbrellas keep diners dry during worcestershire storms brought on by their steaks' gravitational forces.
Milwaukee ChopHouse's menu of succulent fare begins with ahi tuna tartare with avocado, wasabi, and sriracha ($12) and wagyu beef carpaccio in a white truffle oil with parmigiano reggiano and capers ($13)—both of which sharpen the palate for the main event: the ChopHouse's signature boneless 16-ounce strip steaks prepared au poivre ($35), crab Oscar-style ($42), blue-cheese crusted ($39), or with truffle butter ($39). The kitchen also turns out hot non-bovine entrees such as sautéed sea bass with sundried tomato and basil pesto ($32) and lobster tail ($51), a.k.a. mermaid steak.
Owned by philly cheesesteak connoisseurs Ken and Betty Kemler, The Keystone Grill cultivates a family-friendly dining atmosphere that features a sundry menu of comforting, cooked-to-order cuisine. Let an appetizer such as Cajun fries ($2.99) or stuffed mushroom caps ($5.79) serve as a prelude to a potpourri of entrees, including the cheesesteak-inspired Keystone Special pizza, topped with green peppers, onions, mushrooms, and steak on a homemade crust ($11.39–$20.79), or the breaded crab cakes, whose grumpy disposition hides a delightfully delicious interior ($10.29). For an authentic taste of the owners' roots, wrap a sandwich trap around the South Philly cheesesteak—a symphony of fresh-shaved beef, that replaces the traditional American cheese with Cheese Whiz––an even more traditional American cheese ($8.29).