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.
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).
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.
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.