Philly Steak and Sub's kitchen brings a piece of Philadelphia to the West Coast. The City of Brotherly Love’s signature cheesesteaks come loaded with all the standard fixings—mayo, provolone, grilled onions, bell peppers, mushrooms, lettuce, and tomatoes—but can be stuffed with grilled chicken instead of steak upon receipt of a formally notarized request. The eatery's bright red-and-white exterior draws guests to casual seating inside, where they can feast on cold subs such as the Original Super Sub, which arrives freighted with ham, mortadella, pepperoni, salami, and provolone cheese.
Even in the morning, Clearman's Steak 'n Stein Inn takes its name seriously. The brunch menu lists five cuts that form the centerpiece for steak-and-egg platters, and the steak lover's omelet comes filled with three: filet mignon, new york strip steak, and rib eye. As for the "steins," drafts of Hefeweizen and Stella Artois begin pouring as soon as the restaurant opens.
Evening heralds the arrival of the restaurant's romantic side. A circular fireplace warms a ring of plush crimson benches, and soft, amber lighting illuminates the dark wood and brick interior and its stained-glass windows. An open charcoal fire roasts steaks, fish, and chicken for ample entrees, from the 16-oz. boneless rib eye to the Australian lobster tail dinner. Combination dinners allow guests to sample both steak and seafood without taking their backyard grill on a fishing trip. Supper ends with carefully hand-fired desserts, such as crème brûlée cheesecake.
Dark wood interiors and pleasant music from the centerpiece pianist surround eaters at Buggy Whip's comfy surf-and-turf dining den. The extensive menu offers a host of nourishments. Start by diving for fruits of the sea like the fresh oysters ($12.95 for eight) or smoked salmon ($12.95) before departing on a more filling journey by sailing a canoe of roast beef through a tasty rivulet of au jus ($29.95–$36.95). Buggy Whip's famous Green Goddess dressing adds a divine touch to their crisp salads, which sidekick giant entrée platters, such as the apple sauce-adorned jumbo pork chops ($26.95) and gargantuan slab of the juicy 20- to 22-ounce Delmonico bone-in sirloin steak ($29.95). Nautical tongue travelers can survey Davy Jones's meat locker for marine meals like the Alaska halibut ($26.95) or the scampi butter-soaked, sautéed calamari steak ($21.95).
Servers hoisting skewers circulate continuously through Samba Brazilian Steakhouse, pausing tableside to carve mesquite-grilled morsels of brazilian sausage, bacon-wrapped chicken, and sirloin steak. This is hardly an unusual sight at Brazil's famous all-you-can-eat churrascarias—until you see the ocean views backdropping through the 180-degree wall of glass in Samba Brazilian Steakhouse's Redondo dining room. This chic perspective on tropicalia dominates all aspects of the steakhouse. Clusters of mod white couches stand out against glowing orange walls, which contain plenty of nooks for groups to squeeze into. Brunch hours offer a consortium of all-you-can-eat meats such as marinated beef and pork. The main course is complemented by unlimited trips to the salad- and Brazilian side dish-buffet, as well as unlimited mimosas, champagne, and sangria. At night, meals are accompanied by live DJ sets or, Thursday–Saturday, a chorus of smooth-limbed showgirls, who catalyze the party with a slight assist from the caipirinha bar's more than 20 versions of Brazil's national cocktail.
At Maderas Steak & Ribs, kitchen commanders craft a menu with hefty steaks forged from Kansas prime Angus beef. To sustain flavor throughout meals, in-house pastry chefs fill crumbly crusts with pie or cheesecake swirled with fresh fruit and juices.
Neon lighting grants old-timey-diner appeal to the spacious tables and cushy booths of Maderas's big, kid-friendly room, through which live music occasionally wanders on Friday and Saturday nights and whenever forks happen to clang melodically against glassware or mom's glass chewing-gum dispenser.
The meat connoisseurs at Libra Brazilian Steakhouse know showmanship is one of the primary draws of churrascaria-style dining. In this spirit, the chefs cook succulent hunks of meat on giant skewers over an open flame. And once it’s ready, their servers distribute the tender, freshly flamed meat throughout the dining area, pausing tableside to carve off slices directly onto plates.
Presentation aside, Libra Brazilian Steakhouse backs up its bravado with quality meats. The chefs use only 100% Black Angus beef and refuse to accept any meat containing hormones or antibiotics. Additionally, the culinary artists cook more than 30 hot, made-from-scratch sides as well as housemade desserts. And to top it off, the steak-house staff curates and recommends numerous international wines.
Thick cuts of USDA Prime beef distinguished by its tender, marbled texture and choice of five sauces headline the menu at Medium Rare +. Patrons may accessorize a 10-ounce flat iron, seasoned cowboy-style atop an ironing board, with potatoes au gratin and a black-pepper sauce ($15) or opt for a cut of prime rib marinated for 36 hours ($20–$25). Beyond the butter-soft plains of beef, entrees such as roasted chicken with herbs and spices ($14) thrive beside a whitefish that's built, like the Pink Panther franchise, around lemons and capers ($13).