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Best Steak

1st Place: Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse
2nd Place: Texas Roadhouse
3rd Place: Houligans Steak & Seafood Pub

We Chippewa Valley residents are a simple people. We love a well-developed riverfront, shared arts facilities, and, of course, prime cuts of out-of-this-world steak. Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse (4751 Owen Ayres Court, Eau Claire) — the newest purveyor of beef on this list — has been luring hungry patrons to the south side of town with its intimate atmosphere and top-flight menu since it opened in 2013. If fine dining isn’t quite your filet of choice, try Texas Roadhouse (5019 Keystone Crossing, Eau Claire), a Western-themed family restaurant with a red meat menu busting at the seams. Hope you’re into peanuts! Finally, the venerable Houligans Steak & Seafood Pub (415 S. Barstow St., Eau Claire) rounds out the award list. A staple in downtown Eau Claire dining, Houligans is equally great whether you’re looking for a filling meal or just a pint of Guinness and dessert. — Garrett Denney