The best steak I’ve ever had was at the fanciest and most expensive steakhouse I’ve ever been to, Del Frisco’s. My girlfriend’s family took us around Christmastime, and while they all ordered filets that came a la carte, I opted for a larger New York strip steak that actually came with “chateau-style” mashed potatoes and was actually cheaper. I’ve never bought into the filet hype. Anyway, I asked for it rare and it came RARE and just melted in my mouth. Buttery, peppery, perfect. The potatoes were also the best ever, as were the fried oysters appetizer and this amazing orange cake for dessert. I couldn’t even afford to eat there myself or bring my girl back there on a date, but as a gift and a treat, it was hard to beat.
I don’t know if I’ll ever have a finer sandwich than the pastrami on club bread I recently enjoyed at the iconic Katz’s deli in New York’s Lower East Side. I love delis and pastrami sandwiches, but with all seriousness, it was like eating at McDonald’s your whole life and then trying a burger at Fuddruckers or a nice steakhouse. Katz’s is crowded, loud, chaotic, and completely intimidating when you order at the counter, clutching the ticket they give you for dear life, but you could travel the world and never find a finer sandwich. (It costs $15, but it was seriously worth it.)
Texas de Brazil is pretty awesome, too. Total decadence reigns supreme at the Brazilian churrascuria, where “gauchos” continuously bring long skewers full of various perfectly-grilled meats to your table and cut off as much as you want. Various cuts of steak, beef, pork, chicken, sausages, lamb, more exotic organ meats, just about any of the above wrapped in bacon, anything you could ever dream of. They also have an ornate salad bar filled with artisan cheeses, roasted vegetables, and even sushi, among other things. It costs about $40 per person, or half-price at lunch for almost all the same stuff (which is when the smart people go).