Millions of Americans love to go to a good steak restaurant. According to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), the amount of steak consumed every year is about 70 pounds per person. Most of that is consumed outside of the house.
There are a lot of steakhouses out there boasting to be the best. There are nationwide franchises and homegrown one-branch favorites. Several factors come into play when looking for a good restaurant. Some of them, ambiance for instance, are relative to the individual food lover. Others can be used to size up any steak-serving joint.
First, there is the establishment itself. Is it clean? Are the fixtures and furniture well maintained? Can the bathrooms accommodate enough people so that there's no line outside?
The second factor for evaluation is service. A good steak house should be warm and welcoming. Quick yet polite servers do wonders in raising a restaurant's popularity. Plus points if the restaurant has a sommelier to recommend exactly the right kind of red wine would go with one's steak dinner. The restaurant should also be able to deliver customer-specific orders. When someone says they want a rare steak, medium-rare just isn't going to cut it.
And of course, lastly there is the steak itself. No self-respecting steak restaurant can serve a just-average steak. It would have to be good enough to keep customers coming back for more. Steak houses can have different gimmicks to draw in their customers, but a great steak is the best draw of all.