The Best Steak House, with its prime location (on Grand “across from the Fox“), delicious food, reasonable prices (shown after tax on the menu boards) and otherwise wonderful experience, is my favorite place to eat.
As a SLU student I would sometimes eat lunch at the steak house and then return for dinner. When I discovered the Chicken Gyro, I met one of my best friends. At my most recent job, I had a Monday, Wednesday and Friday Best Steak House Lunch set up that ran for months. My coworkers and I would play a game where we would try to finish an entire steak dinner and then stay awake for the rest of the shift.
I accidentally covered up my steak with the Texas toast for this picture but there really is a six ounce rib-eye under there and the meal did actually cost just ten dollars. More commonly I get the chicken sandwich baked potato daily special which comes out to 5.85 with tax – Incredible. If possible, save room for dessert. German Chocolate cake, Carrot cake and Baklava are my favorites here but if you’re too full after eating one of those steak dinners, I’d recommend simply looking around the room at the excellent collection of historical photographs of the neighborhood. This history lesson is expanded upon a little more by Living St. Louis:
According to the small ammount of additional information I have been able to find online, The Best Steak House on Grand is a remnant of what was once a larger trend in the United States. Luckily, from what I have read, we are left with the Best of the Best Steak Houses. A reviewer of The Best Steak House on Broadway in Chicago gave a brief history of the business model:
Once upon a time, “Best Steak Houses” littered big cities and small towns across America. They weren’t part of a chain or a franchise — they were just cheap places to get a steak, baked potato, and the ubiquitous Texas toast.
This reviewer “John B.” went on to give the Chicago eatery a terrible review demonstrating to me that what our Best Steak House has to offer is truly unique in the year 2010. In many ways, Grand Center owes the increasing stability it now has more to the Steak House than to the Fox Theatre or Powell Hall.