Duane’s is more than just prime steaks and fine wines; it’s a historical landmark. Or, rather, it’s located inside of one—The Mission Inn. Formerly a 12-room boarding house, the now-opulent hotel has hosted 10 U.S. presidents over the years. Toast their legacy with an aptly named Herbert Hoover Lemon Drop martini.
Steer 'n Stein Restaurant knows steak. They've been firing up their grill and serving the good folks of Southern California since 1967. Their vast menu includes steakhouse favorites, including slabs of ribs, burgers and a literal pile of onion rings. Bring your appetite and the whole family to Steer 'n Stein and enjoy hearty portions and delicious flavor. Not sure what steak to choose? Their friendly staff will be able to recommend the perfect cut to satisfy your craving. Wash it down with a 32 oz. Super Steins beer and you'll be dreaming of your meal for days.
Since the first Logan's Roadhouse opened in Lexington, Kentucky in 1991, the restaurant has grown to more than 200 locations, bringing its grilled roadhouse food as far west as California. At each location, the floors of which are typically covered in shells from the buckets of peanuts at each table, eaters can carve into top sirloin and pull apart baby back ribs that have been slow roasting for eight hours. The grilled grub is complemented by beers, cocktails, sweet teas, and sides, such as baked potatoes, coleslaw, and mac 'n' cheese.
The chefs at Mill Creek Cattle Co. serve up an expansive menu of slow-smoked meats amid a boot-stomping array of vivid Wild West–inspired décor. Each morning, the Mill Creek meat mavens awake to blend another batch of custom barbecue sauce—a tangy mix of bell peppers, onions, chili peppers, tomato sauce, and secret seasonings—to be slathered on slabs cooked over an aromatic, citrus-wood smoker. Tuck teeth into the harmonious flavors of the pulled and occasionally pushed pork ($14.95), or compose melodies on the meaty xylophone of the original baby back ribs ($21.95 for a full rack). The fried steak ($15.95) tramples appetites under a stampede of battered beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, and cornbread, served with a side of honey butter churned by extraordinarily strong bees. A 25-ounce root-beer float ($3.95) helps to soothe oversauced incisors, and hot chocolate ($2) can provide a mahogany hue to prized coonskin caps.
Guests enter the luxurious dining room and revel in the aroma of grilled steaks and lamb chops. After sidling into a comfy chair at a table decked in a white tablecloth, they peruse the menus dotted with juicy cuts of black Angus beef and king crab legs. Diners welcome steaming plates of food to share table real estate with glasses of wine, consulting the hospitable staff for pairing recommendations and advice on which wines are the best conversationalists. If not partaking in a full meal, guests can recline in the lounge and sip cold beer while watching sports on the plasma TVs. Larger parties commune in the expansive banquet hall, munching on customized menus built to accommodate parties of 20–140.
Since its inception in 1964, Benihana has become synonymous worldwide with the Japanese steak house. Indeed, Benihana was America’s first teppanyaki restaurant that quickly spread across the country and around the world. At a teppanyaki (teppan means “steel grill” and yaki means “grilled”), food is prepared by a knife-wielding, joke-telling chef who stands at the afore-mentioned steel grill surrounded by guests seated at a wooden eating surface. The preparation is always interesting to watch and the food is both delicious and nutritious. Ontario, California is home to one of the 116 Benihana locations where the chefs are just waiting to entertain both your eyes and your taste buds.