Okay, let’s face it. Why would anyone ever want to go to a steakhouse? How can I afford an expensive steak when I can’t even afford my textbooks? I know what you’re thinking. Steakhouses are only for the rich and famous, or the spending addict.
But could a steakhouse experience actually be worth it? I venture on and empty my bank account to find the answer. Although the steakhouse I visited is in Los Angeles, the same principles apply to steakhouses all around North America.
The steakhouse I chose was the Arroyo Chop house, a steakhouse that prides itself in serving USDA Prime Beef exclusively. So, what is the difference between a steakhouse steak and something you can find at the supermarket?
Let’s take a look at the facts. USDA Prime Beef is the highest quality of beef available. According to the restaurant’s website, only 3 out of 1000 graded cuts of beef qualify for USDA Prime. On top of that, the steaks are aged for at least 28 days, giving a more intense beef flavor.
This seems pretty great on paper, but the quality of steak does not increase as significantly between medium and higher price points, compared to the jump between lower price points to medium price points. In other words, there’s a fine difference between a quality, AAA supermarket steak and a steakhouse steak.
I ordered a porterhouse steak, with added foie gras, alongside lobster mash potatoes and truffle mac and cheese. The steak was immaculately tender and flavorful, and when paired with the foie gras, provides a luxurious, buttery concoction that can only be described as pure ecstasy. The sides were nothing short of excellent and complements the steak well. The steak resonates beef through every bite and the purity in the seasoning lets the beef shine.
So back to the question. If you’re a steak lover like me, it’s a no brainer; a steakhouse is meat heaven. However, if steak doesn’t show up in your dreams, then AAA supermarket steaks will satisfy your occasional steak cravings with ease.
Article by: Justin Li
Featured photo: Arroy Chop House Gallery