A great steak isn’t everyone’s favorite meal, but it tops a lot of lists. The Grand Strand is home to more than 1,500 restaurants and your faithful correspondent, who enjoys a hunk of red meat a little more than he should, is here to keep you from being overwhelmed by the volume of choices.
If you want a great steak on your next golf trip, here are the five places in the area you will want to go (no chains included, though Ruth’s Chris is obviously very good):
— New York Prime isn’t just Myrtle Beach’s best steakhouse. According to Golf Magazine’s Joe Passov, it’s the best in the Southeast. The food, the atmosphere, the service – it’s everything you want in a dining experience. It doesn’t matter what cut you prefer – filet, strip, ribeye, porterhouse – it’s all outstanding. For sides, the cheese mashed potatoes and mushrooms are almost the equal of the steak. The only drawback here is cost. New York Prime is a high-end dining experience and it’s priced accordingly. If you have the money, it’s worth every penny.
— Located off the beaten path in Longs, Bistro 90 is worth the short drive out of town. The Italian food is outstanding, but the steak is what makes the place special. The 16-ounce ribeye is hard to beat at this 4.5-star establishment.
— If you want a little live music and a relaxing atmosphere to accompany a great piece of steak (or prime rib), Thoroughbreds Chophouse is the place for you. The steak au poivre, an 8-ounce filet with cracked black peppercorns, is a winner.
— It’s a golf trip, so Greg Norman Australian Grille is a natural for the list. Located across the Intracoastal Waterway from Barefoot Resort, the Shark’s place serves excellent beef and the waterway views only enhance the experience.
— Last, but certainly not least, if you are along the South Strand, check out Perrone’s and their sous vide prepared filet. Sous vide is a cooking technique that places food in a vacuum sealed bag and cooks it in a water bath, allowing for greater precision. Steak conjures up images of meat on a grill as opposed to in a plastic bag in water, but, believe me, it works.