USA Today: America’s most historic steakhouses
Thousands of restaurants come and go every year across America, but the steakhouse remains stubbornly popular and steadfast. There are steakhouses in cities around our country that date back well beyond a century, serving red meat, traditional side dishes and classic cocktails to businessmen, travelers and locals alike looking to drop some cash on prime dry-aged meat.
According to Dennis Turcinovic, managing partner of New York City’s famous Delmonico’s, the steakhouse has changed over the years. “I think it shows how our dining habits and the restaurant industry have evolved,” he says. “In the 1800s, when chophouses were popping up, it was… a place to serve merchants a hot meal in a dark, dusky establishment. In the mid-19th century, it started developing into a social affair.” That trend continues to this day, as steakhouses remain an American staple for business meetings and celebratory meals. “The steak trend never gets old,” says Turcinovic. “People will always want meat.”
While almost every city has a steakhouse of some sort, even if it’s an Outback or Longhorn franchise, you are better off eating at one with some real history. It is usually evident in both atmosphere and food when the restaurant has been at it for some time, whether it dates back to the 19th century or the pre-war era. Browse the gallery to learn more about some of America’s most historic steakhouses.
Gene and Georgetti
Chicago’s Gene & Georgetti opened in 1941, and three-quarters of a century later the steakhouse continues to be a family-run business. Over the years, celebrities like Frank Sinatra and Bob Hope have eaten here.
For something different, try the veal chops at Gene & Georgetti, broiled till they are crispy on the outside, tender on the inside. Click here to check out the feature on USA Today’s website!
The T-bone steak at Gene & Georgetti is, at 32 ounces, the largest piece of meat on the menu.
The Garbage Salad was created per a customer’s request, and includes a variety of meat, shrimp and vegetables.
The Chicken Alla Joe is another signature dish at Gene & Georgetti, which includes classic Italian fare along with its extensive steak menu.