Steak Across America 

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From a Midwest breakfast to a New York dinner, with a hangover Philly cheesesteak in between, this country knows how to enjoy its beef. Curated by Rebecca Aronauer.
OF 21
Jennifer Silverberg
Steak can start the day.

The steak and eggs at Liluma's Side Door in St. Louis, Missouri.
Alma Guzman
Steak can keep it real.

Photographed at Pittsburgh Blue in Edina, Minnesota.
Candace West
But other times, steak prefers to leave something to the imagination.

Photographed at Market 17 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Jonathan McNamara
What are you trying to hide there, steak?

Pepper-seared steak next to a cheesy potato galette with a mixed green salad covered in a truffle oil vinaigrette from Chow Bella in Phoenix, Arizona.
Anne Fishbein
Steak can go well with vegetables.

A pepper steak photographed at Dal Rae in Los Angeles.
Michelle Leon
Sometimes the best thing about a steak is its onion.

Filet Mignon with onion ring, cauliflower and potato puree, watercress, caramelized onions and shallot jus from The Hanger Room in Willemie, Minnesota.
Bill Wisser
Steak can go well with fries.

Photographed at Morgan's on the Beach in Miami Beach, Florida.
Lara Hata
Or a fine glass of wine.

New York steak with truffled tater tots at Leather Neck Steakhouse in San Francisco, California.
Liz Barclay
Sometimes steak wishes it were chicken.

Chicken fried steak with Kool-Aid from Brooklyn Star in Brooklyn, New York.
Carrie Applegate Jaeger
Or even a salad.

Rachael Ray's Sliced Steaks with Sweet and Spicy Salad on Top, made by an Eating Our Words blogger in Houston, Texas.
Anne Fishbein
Sometimes steak is thick.

Photographed at Beefsteak 2011 at Vibiana in Los Angeles
Samantha Guzman
Sometimes steak is thin.

Photographed at the 2011 State Fair of Texas.
Jamie Peachey
Every once in a while steak is actually vegan.

Mongolian "beef" from Loving Cult in Phoenix, Arizona.
Joshua Huston
Steak can be fancy.

Beef Short Ribs: Stella espresso rub, pickled beets from Lecosho in Seattle, Washington.
Clean Plate Charlie
Steak can be good for hangovers.

The ultimate guilty pleasure sandwich, this decadence is served by chef Jason Smith in a nod to Philly native and restaurateur Stephen Starr of Steak 954 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Candace West
Each piece of steak has a lot of potential.

Owner Louis Backstone and the Baitz family took a risk, banking that the art of butchering is here to stay, when they opened Smitty's Old Fashioned Butcher Shop in Oakland Park, Florida.
Alex Scott
Which is sometimes best realized in cubes.

Photographed at Taste of Dallas: Day 2 in July 2011.
Mark Manger
And other times as a fillet.

Photographed at the Edge in Denver, Colorado.
Fork in the Road
Steak can speak for itself.

The "Gotham Rib Steak on the Bone," photographed at the The Old Homestead in New York.
Sasha Landskov
It can even make asparagus appealing.

Photographed at Sopranos Italian Kitchen in St. Louis Park, Minnesota.
Bill Wisser
A good steak can make you feel like a million bucks.

A flat iron steak from Local Craft Food & Drink Kitchen in Coral Gables, Florida.
Jennifer Silverberg
Steak can start the day.

The steak and eggs at Liluma's Side Door in St. Louis, Missouri.