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Gambit's 2012 Winter Restaurant Guide: Steakhouse 

BEEF CONNECTION 501 Gretna Blvd., Gretna, 366-3275 Grilled Angus beef filets mignon are served on a hot plate with drawn butter. Crabmeat-stuffed mushrooms are a popular appetizer. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$$

BESH STEAK AT HARRAH'S 8 Canal St., 533-6111; Besh Steak combines steakhouse largesse with local seafood dishes. The Louisiana seafood three ways starter includes fried oysters, crab maison and shrimp remoulade. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

CHARLIE'S STEAK HOUSE 4510 Dryades St., 895-9323; www.charliessteakhouse- This traditional steakhouse serves big cuts of beef and a la carte sides. The wedge salad features iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, shaved onions and the restaurant's signature blue cheese dressing. The Charlie is a 32-oz. thick-cut T-bone served on a sizzling hot platter. Reservations accepted. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards.  $$$

CHOPHOUSE NEW ORLEANS 322 Magazine St., 522-7902; This traditional steakhouse serves USDA prime beef and the selection of super-sized cuts includes a 40-oz. porterhouse for two. Florida stone crabs are served chilled with mustard sauce. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

CRESCENT CITY STEAK HOUSE 1001 N. Broad St., 821-3271; Head to this traditional spot for house-cut, dry-aged classic cuts of beef and sides of creamy gratin or shoestring potatoes. Classic bread pudding comes loaded with raisins and peaches and is finished with brandy sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri. and Sun., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

DICKIE BRENNAN'S STEAKHOUSE 716 Iberville St., 522-2467; This steakhouse adds Creole touches to steakhouse favorites. The house filet is an 8-oz. steak served with creamed spinach, Pontalba potatoes, fried oysters and bearnaise. The 14-oz. barbecued rib-eye is grilled over an open flame, topped with Abita beer barbecue shrimp and served with garlic mashed potatoes. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

THE EMBERS "ORIGINAL" BOURBON HOUSE 700 Bourbon St., 595-3172; The Embers Bourbon House special is an 8-oz. filet mignon topped with jumbo Louisiana shrimp and served with garlic mashed potatoes and sauteed vegetables. The lasagna is stuffed with ground beef, Italian sausage, ricotta and tomato sauce and topped with mozzarella. Reservations recommended. Lunch Sat.-Sun., dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

KEITH YOUNG'S STEAKHOUSE 165 Hwy. 21, Madisonville, (985) 845-9940; Pan-broiled redfish is topped with crabmeat in citrus beurre blanc and served with sauteed green beans. The 14-oz. filet mignon comes with a baked potato and salad. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$$

LA BOCA 857 Fulton St., 525-8205; Chef Adolfo Garcia's Argentine steakhouse serves a grilled 14-oz. outside skirt steak. Gnocchi La Boca features potato dumplings with pancetta, peas and cream sauce. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Sat., late-night Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

LONGHORN STEAKHOUSE 69368 Hwy. 21, Covington, (985) 875-1100; Among the steak options is a sirloin topped with bacon and served with a baked potato loaded with cheese. Bananas Foster cheesecake is topped with bananas, rum sauce, whipped cream and pecans. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MR. JOHN'S STEAK HOUSE 2111 St. Charles Ave., 679-7697; www.mrjohns-  A 12-oz. USDA Prime cut New York strip comes sizzling on a plate with butter. Veal panne is a breaded with Italian-seasoned breadcrumbs and topped with jumbo lump crabmeat and lemon-butter and served with linguine bolognese. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

MORTON'S THE STEAKHOUSE 1 Canal Place, 365 Canal St., 566-0221; www.mortons.-com/neworleans  Morton's is a classic Chicago-style steakhouse offering big cuts of beef. A 16-oz. Cajun rib-eye is marinated for up to 60 hours and grilled. On Friday and Saturday nights, there are 26-oz. to 28-oz. cuts of USDA prime rib. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

RUTH'S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE Harrah's Hotel, 525 Fulton St., 587-7099; 3633 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-3600; An oven-baked 8-oz. Caribbean lobster tail is paired with a broiled 6-oz. filet seasoned with salt, pepper and parsley. Spinach and pear salad is tossed with raspberry vinaigrette and topped with feta cheese, maple-candied walnuts made in-house and dried cranberries. Reservations accepted. Fulton Street: lunch and dinner daily. Veterans Memorial Boulevard: lunch Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

SHULA'S STEAK HOUSE JW Marriott Hotel, 614 Canal St., 586-7211; Hall of Fame coach Don Shula's restaurant is a throwback steakhouse focusing on big cuts of beef and martinis. Barbecue shrimp come wrapped in bacon, stuffed with fresh basil and are cooked in horseradish barbecue sauce. Cowboy steak is a 22-oz. bone-in rib-eye served with fresh watercress and butter. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

STAR STEAK & LOBSTER HOUSE 237 Decatur St., 525-6151; Cajun seasonings accent the surf-and-turf options at this restaurant. The Cajun filet mignon is an 8-oz. filet stuffed with crabmeat, lobster, shrimp and crawfish tails and topped with red wine mushroom sauce. A half-pound of steamed Maine lobster is served with drawn butter and a side item. Reservations accepted. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

THE STEAK KNIFE RESTAURANT & BAR 888 Harrison Ave., 488-8981; Start a meal at this traditional steakhouse with the signature Tidbit appetizer, a crostini topped with herbs and imported cheeses. The steak selection ranges from a 6-oz. filet mignon to a 24-oz. porterhouse. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

YOUNG'S RESTAURANT 850 Robert Blvd., Slidell, (985) 643-9331; The steakhouse offers rib-eyes, sirloins and prime rib as well as seafood such as redfish, shrimp, crab and Maine lobster. For side items, there are sauteed mushrooms, baked potatoes and steamed or grilled vegetables. Reservations accepted. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

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