USDA prime filet from Mastro's
When people come to town, visiting for a weekend or attending a convention, I invariably get asked about steakhouses. In some ways, it's like asking about hot dog joints. As most of us know by now, Vienna Beef is the defacto supplier of encased meats (as well as neon green relish, sport peppers and celery salt) for nearly all of the joints in the city. There are few variations, and if there are deviations from this norm, it would be in size (6s, 8s, or God forbid, the pencil-sized 10 weenies at Gene & Jude's) or with garnishes like tomato (usually out-of-season red, but in the case of Superdawg, a pickled green version). It's the same story with steak. Sure, you can choose from Sullivan's, Gene & Georgetti, Ruth's Chris, The Chop House and Gibson's, but they're all featuring pretty much the same product: USDA Prime grade (which means corn/grain-fed) and wet-aged in a sealed plastic wrapping.