Food trends come and go, but the steakhouse always remains.
In South Florida, only a handful of establishments have stayed the course with the same steak-and-potatoes format, while others have innovated this classic concept with a new approach to meat.
This list covers it all, from a Palm Beach landmark that's been in operation for more than 50 years to a new spot that offers a sexy supper-club vibe. Here are the best steakhouses in Palm Beach County:
6. Rachel's Palm Beach
2905 45th St., West Palm Beach; 561-616-9600; rachelspalmbeach.com.
Rachel’s Palm Beach features an award-winning restaurant that rivals some of the finest steakhouses in the world. It just so happens to be housed inside a strip club. The menu includes eight choices of prime USDA cuts of steak as well as prime rib, lobster, lamb, and veal, paired with an extensive list of wines, cognacs, and champagnes. Eat your meat inside the sophisticated dining room or in the middle of the strip club, with barely clad ladies dancing on the stages. On Wednesday, the place offers "prime rib special" buffet. You'll get just that: a juicy piece of meat for just $5. And yes, we're still talking steak.
5. Raindancer Steakhouse
2300 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd., West Palm Beach; 561-684-2810; raindancersteakhouse.com.
Open since 1975, Raindancer Steakhouse is one of the area's most enduring steakhouses. The warm wood interior makes it a romantic place to dine out, and the salad bar is one of the last few surviving in these parts. This West Palm Beach brand offers all the classic steakhouse combinations, from French onion soup and lobster bisque to an iceberg wedge salad and escargot. When it comes to meat, a number of popular cuts are dry- and wet-aged in-house. Try the tender, 28-day dry-aged Porterhouse, a heavily-marbled Delmonico, or the 24-ounce bone-in cowboy rib-eye, dusted with a house blend of spices, for an explosive meaty flavor. You can get it any way you like, but you haven't lived until you've ordered it Pittsburgh-style: a heavy char on the outside, but red and juicy inside.
4. Flagler Steak House
1 S. County Rd., Palm Beach; 561-653-6355; thebreakers.com.
At the Breakers Hotel, the Flagler Steakhouse provides a refined, country-club ambiance in the heart of Palm Beach. Located in the golf clubhouse near the main building, the dining room presents a panoramic view of the property's well-known fairway. As for the food, consider this restaurant a hole-in-one for any steak-lover with signature dishes like steak au poivre and colossal prime rib. Just make sure to bring that black Amex along — these cuts come at a steep price. Like any temple of meat, the Flagler Steakhouse also offers seafood including broiled twin lobster tails or a different type of red meat with rack of lamb.