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STEAK AND CHOPHOUSES

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5 O’Clock Club

2416 W. State St.

Call it T-bone; filet mignon; prime rib; call it porterhouse. Serve it Pittsburgh-style, butter it big and dig in to the best damn slab of meat in town. Just remember, reservations are required. (J.D.) $$$$. RS. FB. 342-3553

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America's House of Steaks

4747 S. Howell Ave.

America's House of Steaks, located in the Wyndham Milwaukee Airport Hotel, is home to European trained Chef Axel Dietrich. America's menu includes the Chef's special recipe Prime Rib of Beef as well as Rotisserie Chicken and Grilled Wild Caught Salmon among some of the savory choices.$$$-$$$$ CC: All Major RS. FB. Accessible 615-8094

Butch’s Old Casino Steak House

555 N. James Lovell St.

The antique slot machines dotting the dining room pay homage to the building’s lusty past. This former disco-turned-steakhouse has no bones about serving some of the most flavorful cuts of meat in Milwaukee. Order the perennial favorite: steer tenderloin, grilled up in eight-, 12- or even 20-ounce portions. Butch’s is a windowless Mecca of carnivorous delights. Did we mention they have chicken and seafood too? Dig in. (J.D.) $$$-$$$$. CC: All major. FB, RS. Handicap access. 271-8111 Reservation hotline: 803-7899

Capital Grille

310 W. Wisconsin Ave.

This high-end chain sets the standard for dry-aged steaks and fresh seafood. Maine lobsters run as large as 5 pounds. The Milwaukee branch also has a fine setting with dark woodwork and service that attends to every need. Steaks rank with the best locally. No detail is too small, whether the Black River blue cheese on the wedge salad or the 8-year-old balsamic vinegar on the delmonico steak. Dinner may be expensive—lunch is easier on the wallet—but worth the splurge. (J.B.) $$$-$$$$. CC: All major. FB. Handicap access. 223-0600

Carnevor

724 N. Milwaukee St.

The signage is hard to see, so look for a window showing a bar and dining room with accents of wood, dim lighting and a warm glow. Also look at the diners savoring what are hands-down the finest steaks in this area—with prices to match. Everything from soup to salad to sides are strictly a la carte, which can add up quickly. But the luxuriant seating, polished service and just one bite of the black peppercorn-crusted fillet should have everyone leaving with a smile. (J.B.) $$$$. CC: MC, VS. FB. Handicap access. 223-2200

Eddie Martini’s

8612 Watertown Plank Road

Frank and Dino could have used Eddie Martini’s bar as their watering hole. The drinks are potent enough to power the Happy Hour neon, and the atmosphere is always dark and cool behind impenetrable Venetian blinds. The Rat Pack would have dug the swinging music, not to mention the steaks and chops, the oysters Rockefeller and shrimp cocktails. Everything’s A-OK. (D.L.) $$$$. CC: All major. FB, RS. Handicap access. 771-6680

Hugo’s Steak House

6951 S. Lover’s Lane Road, Franklin

This classically elegant steak and seafood spot offers traditional lobster tail, filet mignon and pork chops. But at Hugo’s, it’s the lighter touches, including the bourbon applesauce and fresh, steamed broccoli, that separate it from other local dining rooms. Since opening in 2004, Hugo’s has seasoned its critical moxie with freshly prepared meat and fish dishes. (J.D.) $$$$. CC: All major. Handicap access. 427-7705

Jackson Grill

3736 W. Mitchell St.

Though a small place, it has many nice touches. Marinated olives arrive in a martini glass; the steaks are Black Angus and expertly prepared; and the setting has the feel of a ’60s supper club, with a menu to match. Specials include a Friday fish fry and even chicken livers. Prices are kindly with some steaks less than $20. (J.B.) $$. CC: MC, VS. FB, FF. 384-7384

Milwaukee Chop House

633 N. Fifth St., Milwaukee Hilton

The upscale steakhouse has the meat to match the prices, from the veal chop to the bone-in-ribeye steak. The range of items includes seafood and rotisserie. But appetizers and side items also shine from prosciutto-wrapped scallops to grilled asparagus. Valet parking available. (J.B.) $$$-$$$$. CC: All major. FB, RS. Handicap access. 226-2467

Mo’s ... A Place for Steaks

720 N. Plankinton Ave.

If you want to play rock star for a day, Mo’s is a good place to start. Swank in a decidedly carnivorous kind of way, it’s certainly designed to pamper its guests. However, be prepared to spend like a rock star—the menu is a la carte, and just the steak generally runs in the $30–$40 range. (S.R.) $$$$. CC: All major. RS. FB. Handicap access. 272-0720

The Rafters

7728 S. 27th St., Oak Creek

The Rafters is that kind of old-school Milwaukee Supper Club that boasts autographed photos of Frank Sinatra on the wall and an exposed flaming pit in the middle of the restaurant, turning out the best steaks in the suburbs. Dinners are served with the traditional relish platter of carrots, celery and radishes—a touch that is all but forgotten in today’s world of salads-are-extra bistros. (B.R.M.) $$$-$$$$. CC: All major. RS, FF, FB. Handicap access. 761-2222

Steakhouse 100

7246 W. Greenfield Ave.

The beef ranges from USDA choice to Black Angus at downtown West Allis’ classiest eatery. But there is more than prime rib, with roast lamb loin, Asian salad or the seafood catch of the day. Or splurge with a filet and lobster tail. Whichever you choose, simplicity rules here. (J.B.) $$-$$$$. CC: All major. FB, FF. 727-2222

Ward’s House of Prime

540 E. Mason St.

The bar room has a soaring ceiling, a great wine selection and a select list of scotch and cognac. Prime rib is the specialty although chicken, lamb and seafood are served. The bar has its own menu with lighter fare and some servings the size of tapas. The setting is pleasant, the seating spacious, and the service good. (J.B.) $$$-$$$$. CC: All major. FB. Handicap access. 223-0135

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