Thursday night I had the pleasure of grabbing some good beef at Shula’s Steakhouse in the new Hilton Richmond Hotel.
I’ve been asked several times- “What do you think?”
My only response- “It was fine”
For the money that was spent on that meal, I feel like I should have been more excited. But in reality Shula’s is just another chain restaurant that invaded the Richmond area that happens to serve Prime Steak. I think that puts 5 total in the greater Richmond area.
- Ruth’s Chris
- Copper Grill
Then you can add the 2 local joints that serve (but I cannot confirm) USDA Prime or equal
To me, USDA Prime is USDA Prime. I think it is safe to say that most of these places know what to prepare USDA Prime. I also think it is safe to say that the majority of you cannot tell the difference in the quality of steak from one USDA Prime place to another.
So what are the variables that you can judge between the different places. Well, you can have your USDA Prime beef grilled, roasted, seared, and broiled. You can add Bearnaise or horseradish or butter on top of your steak. You can serve it with creamed spinach, lyonnaise potatoes, asparagus, or the other of handful of typical side dishes. All these places have high-end wine lists and a strong selection of whiskeys. In the end, you are going to send roughly the same amount of money.
So what sets these places apart? The location, the atmosphere, the service, and the perfect combination of style and sides. It’s almost boring now when you think about it.
So why do we continue to keep adding these places? Why are Richmonders continuing to keep these places in business when we have so many creative local restaurants out there? Are there any creative Prime steakhouses out there? Is it possible to have a steakhouse that features local, grass fed steaks?
Help me here…..