Clean Plate Charlie interrupts our regularly scheduled blog to remind our readers of one of the most important days of the year -- Steak and BJ Day.
Listen up, folks. It's March 14. One month after Valentine's Day, celebrate Steak and BJ Day tonight!
It's basically payback for any man who treated his date well on Valentine's Day. The rules of the holiday insist that at this point -- if your man did the expensive restaurant, flowers, and champagne for V-Day -- then you must show some "love" on BJ Day.
Other than that, there are no restrictions. You don't even have to go to a fancy steak house for the dinner portion of your epic evening. In fact, we're willing to "stake" our reputation that most men don't care about how much you've spent on the steak.
With that in mind, we've come up with a list of places to take your man -- based on your relationship.
The second part of the night? You're on your own.
Steak 954 (If he put a ring on it)
Valentine's Day is probably the most popular day of the year to "pop the question" so if your guy pulled out all the stops and got down on one knee on February 14, you know damn well what you've got to do to reciprocate. Get down on both knees...and pray that you've got room on your credit card to take your man out for a killer meal at Steak 954.The 36oz. Kobe porterhouse will set you back a whopping $245, but it is shareable. If you're on a budget, consider the 16oz. Kobe ribeye ($85) or the 8oz. Kobe filet.
Council Oak Steak and Seafood (If you're "betting" this relationship is going somewhere)
Located inside the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, dinner at Council Oak can turn into an all-night affair. Start with a steak dinner (we recommend a 20 oz. New York strip from 100% U.S.D.A. prime dry-aged stockyard beef picked from the restaurant's own butcher shop ($59) before heading out to the casino (maybe betting a little "double or nothing" on the rest of the evening's activities). Then, get a room at the hotel and finish the night like a true high roller.
Red, the Steakhouse (If your relationship is mostly physical)
This steak house is so sexy you might mistake Boca for SoBe. While some steak house vibes are all about the power brokering that goes on, Red is equally good for date night. Choose from several cuts of steak -- all from aged certified Angus USDA prime beef. We'd go with the 22 oz. Ribeye ($49) with some King Crab on the side to make it a surf and turf.
Big Al's Steaks (If you two can be happy anywhere -- it's all about the love)
We know time are rough and budgets are tight. But rejoice in the fact that Big Al's Steaks won the 2011 New Times Best Of award. With four locations, you probably don't even have to drive far (and they do takeout if things are getting steamy back home). A classic Philly cheese steak comes with your choice of cheese -- provolone, American, mozzarella, or whiz and your choice of with or without onions. In this case, we'd go with no onions.
Oh, and what's a holiday without a song. It's not exactly "White Christmas", but it's catchy: