Best Steak House

Prime 1000

On Washington Avenue, maybe more so than anywhere else in St. Louis, beauty can blind you to the truth. And, make no mistake, Prime 1000 is a beautiful restaurant, seamlessly blending the old (exposed brick), the new (modernist light fixtures) and the timeless (swank leather seats). Thankfully for carnivores, beyond all this sizzle, there is steak — prime cuts, in fact, dry-aged in a chamber that you can view just behind the host's stand. The rib eye, especially, is otherworldly, butter-tender, with a rich, complex flavor. The sides transcend the steak-house standard: the mac & cheese made with smoked white cheddar, for instance. The kitchen here has serious chops, and the highest compliment you can pay Prime 1000 is that even if you don't order a steak, you'll toddle home fat and happy.

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