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The 22 Best Celebrity Chef Steakhouses in America

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Gordon Ramsay Steak
City: Las Vegas, NV

“Shouty chef” (as Eater.com calls him) Gordon Ramsay promises a “chic, swinging London ambiance” at his extravagant steakhouse, whose website lists the average entree price at $100. British-style onion soup and the Union Jack hanging overhead are presumably expressions of said ambiance. Maine lobster stuffed with chorizo, Kurobuta pork belly with smoked tomato grits, and both beef and lobster Wellington are on the menu. The steak selection is heavy on the wagyu, both American and Japanese, and available garnishes include foie gras, lobster tail, and king crab legs.

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John Howie Steak
City: Seattle, WA

One of the city’s best-known chefs since the early 1990s, John Howie takes his steak extremely seriously. According to his menu, the restaurant offers “A veritable panoply of steaks…7 tiers of the world’s best beef, from our 28 day, 35 day, 42 day and 70 day custom aged USDA Prime beef, single sources from Omaha, Nebraska; American Wagyu beef from Snake River farms, Boise, Idaho: Australian Wagyu beef, Sher Farms, Ballan, Victoria, Australia and Japanese A5 Full blood Wagyu beef from the Miyazaki and Kagoshima Prefectures, Kyushu, Japan.” In case that’s not enough, Howie also lists, among other menu items, spicy habanero butter shrimp, lobster bisque with caviar cream, applewood-grilled wild king salmon, and six kinds of potatoes, including lobster mashed potatoes and duck-fat-roasted Yukon golds with cipollini onions.

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Kevin Rathbun Steak
City: Atlanta, GA

Of course there are Coca-Cola baby back pork ribs on the menu here — this is Atlanta, after all. But one-time Food & Wine Rising Star Chef Kevin Rathbun, who also runs an Italian steakhouse in town called KR SteakBar (and whose brother, Kent, is a well-known chef in Texas), admits many other influences to his menu, too. Eggplant fries and Sonoma jack cheese-pecan fritters are among the first courses. There are six different steaks, including a prime ribeye Diane — an old-school Continental classic that involves a sauce of brandy, mushrooms, mustard, and shallots — and a Colorado rack of lamb with a North African-style garnish of chermoula, harissa, pomegranate, and raisin yogurt.

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LT Steak & Seafood (Laurent Tourondel)
City: Miami, FL

Laurent Tourondel is the “LT” in the BLT restaurant chain, but he and his partners had a falling out some years ago and he is no longer involved with the company — though he has retained ownership of BLT Steak locations in Charlotte, North Carolina, and in Hong Kong and San Juan. His stylish Miami restaurant, as its name suggests, pays more attention to fish and shellfish than most steakhouses do, with a good selection of sushi and sashimi, lemon-poached lobster salad, Japanese tuna taquitos with mint-yuzu guacamole, grilled Florida snapper, and such. Meat-lovers needn’t worry, though, as there are also nine grilled steaks, all either USDA prime or Certified Black Angus. On the side, possibilities include hand-cut parmesan fries with truffle aïoli, steamed Chinese garlic eggplant, and hen of the woods mushrooms with spring onion purée.

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Mr. B.’s – A Bartolotta Steakhouse (Paul Bartolotta)
City: Milwaukee area, WI

At two suburban Milwaukee locations, “Iron Chef” competitor and two-time James Beard Best Chef award winner Paul Bartolotta serves a steakhouse menu that verges on the classic: lobster mac & cheese, oysters Rockefeller, Maryland blue crab cake, shrimp scampi, shellfish bisque…. There are seven steaks, with, unusually for steakhouses, where everything is usually à la carte, the prices include potatoes — for instance, salt-crusted baked potato or bacon-roasted potatoes — and a sauce included in the price. Among sauce choices are bourbon peppercorn cream and béarnaise sauce.

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