Steak night. When we hear those two words we think of affordable, juicy, beautifully seasoned pieces of beef and can often name the best versions we’ve had around the city. Steak night has been a restaurant and bar staple for years, but a number of unique twists on this classic meat-and-side dish have emerged recently. To save you the calories, we embarked on an adventure to taste what our neighborhood has to offer.
BOH PASTA & PIZZA
Tuesday nights are steak night at this Italian restaurant in Bravery Chef Hall. While we’re big fans of their gourmet pizza and fresh-made pasta, they have a spectacular steak night deal that includes a 16-ounce ribeye with a Caesar salad and garlic bread for $24. We dined early to take advantage of the Bravery Wine Bar happy hour from 4-7 p.m., when you can enjoy 20 percent off. If you’ve tried BOH’s delectable dishes, you know Chef Ben McPherson doesn’t skimp on his steak offering.
BOVINE & BARLEY
The sports bar-slash-cocktail lounge has a rotating pop-up restaurant each Thursday, but the one to watch for is their steak night pop up on the last Thursday of the month with Meat Mafia HTX. Starting at 7 p.m., Meat Mafia cooks up a number of different cuts, from regular filets to the sought after tomahawk. Prices vary depending on which steak you choose, but each comes with a side of grilled zucchini (or the in-season veggie) and typically rice or potatoes. Don’t wait on this one, they cook until they're sold out, which only takes about an hour and a half.
EL BIG BAD
This hip Downtown watering hole, home of more than 50 handcrafted tequila infusions and perfectly cooked street tacos, offers a unique steak night special on Monday nights. As the only Monday steak night Downtown, El Big Bad does it, well, big. You can choose from a number of different steak options — premium cuts and wagyu beef are most popular — and each come with a side of greens and potatoes. While we love El Big Bad for their tequila, their steak night sets them a cut above the rest.
The neighborhood gastro lounge located in the Historic District has a Thursday night Gentlemen’s Night, but ladies, don’t let the name scare you away. The low-lit, chic antique restaurant knows how to mix the old with the new. Their steak night special, a long-standing tradition, is accompanied by two sides from their re-vamped menu. Diners can choose either a 6-oz filet or a 12-oz ribeye, along with two sides for just one Andrew Jackson, unless you choose to add three jumbo shrimp for $5. The best part is their all-night cocktail specials featuring Woodford Reserve, Monkey Shoulder and select scotch pours. If you’re looking for a laid-back evening spent in a leather chair with a bourbon in hand, this is for you.
Home of the OG steak night, MKT Bar started the trend years ago with their Thursday night special. For just $16.99, diners can feast on a fresh, crisp Mediterranean side salad, a chef’s choice steak with house-made chimichurri sauce and a side of twice-baked potato or Za’atar fries. We know, it’s a steal. Our favorite part has to be the fried onion strings that are cooked to perfection and served as an accompaniment to the juicy steak. If you’re looking for a lighter touch, they also offer a parmesan-herb salmon instead of steak.
Hugo Ortega’s Oaxaca-inspired restaurant offers a Wednesday steak night special that’s just as yummy as every other Xochi offering. Each week a 10-oz wood-grilled ribeye is accompanied by two sides and a glass of wine for $35, which is a higher price point than most, but absolutely worth every penny. The week we visited, the ribeye (also covered with one of Ortega’s signature mole’s) came with perfectly charred, tri-colored cauliflower and crispy smashed potatoes. Each bite was absolute heaven. Xochi also has a wonderful patio to dine on making this steak night perfect for those breezy summer evenings.