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Best Steakhouse in Kansas City

Updated on February 1, 2011
The Plaza III Steakhouse:
4749 Pennsylvania Ave, Kansas City, MO 64112, USA

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Ruth's Chris Steak House:
700 W 47th St #115, Kansas City, MO 64112, USA

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The Plaza III Kansas City Steakhouse

Steak Grilling over open flame at Plaza III
Steak Grilling over open flame at Plaza III

The Plaza III Steakhouse

I remember as a kid my parents would speak in hushed tones about going to the Plaza III and us kids were thinking, oh great, another night with a babysitter and pizza. Anyway, one particular night, my dad called the Plaza III and made reservations for 5, and we perked up, because we didn't know of any other 3 people that would go with them besides us.

We had one of the best meals of our lives that night,

Many other people think the Plaza III is the best steak they have ever had.

One of the 10 Best Steakhouses in the U.S." - USA Today,

The Top Rated Kansas City Steakhouse 15 years running - Zagat Survey

Top Ten Steakhouses for a consecutive 20 years - Tom Horan,

Award of Excellence for the past 14 years - Wine Spectator,

Best Overall Restaurant for 14 years running - Ingram's,

 The Plaza III serves great steaks and seafood, and have been doing it for years. They also have great salads and soups that have inspired others to copy them. For years my mom would serve her Plaza III spinach salad or steak soup on varied occasion. If you are there, try on of these for an awesome experience.

They have Lunch, Dinner and Happy Hour Menu's, but the happy hour prices are only good in the bar.

Besides great food, they also have live entertainment on Saturday evenings.

Ruth's Chris Steakhouse

The name of this restaurant has confused me over the years, but their website explains the story like this. Ruth Fertel was born February 5th, 1927. On that same day, a gentleman named Chris Matulich opened his steakhouse called Chris Steak House. In 1965, Ruth saw an ad in the New Orleans classifieds that stated, Steakhouse for sale, $18,000. Ruth decided to take a chance and mortgage her home and she bought the restaurant that was born on the same day she was. The sale stipulated that she leave the restaurant with the name Chris Steak House.

A couple months after she bought the steakhouse, Hurricane Betty hit New Orleans and caused wide spread damage and power outages Instead of letting the food in her cooler spoil, Ruth cooked everything and then took it into hard hit areas and served it to those people who needed it most. A few years later Ruth had a catastrophe of her own, when the restaurant burned to the ground. She reopened a few blocks away, and named the restaurant Ruth's Chris Steak House, because her contract with Matulich said that any other steakhouse she opened had to use Chris in the name. Thus the name Ruth's Chris Steakhouse came to be born. Eventually the Ruth's Chris brand was born. Friend and family kept asking her if they could open their own Ruth's Chris Steak house, and eventually Ruth consented. There are now over 100 Ruth's Chris Steak houses in the country.

The steaks at Ruth's Chris are prime beef that are cooked at extremely high temperatures, then topped with butter. The steaks are served ala carte, for an example, price wise a steak might run around $50,00, then add $9 for a baked potato. They have a special now with a filet and shrimp, with salad and dessert for 39.95. For another example, this coming week they are offering a meal special that features a filet and scallops with appetizer and dessert and wine for $85 per person, Their prices tend to vary, so if money is a concern, you can contact the restaurant to verify pricing and if they are offering any other meal deals. The average meal without drinks runs about $65

I have not had a steak there in a couple years, but they have not changed their methods of cooking, so my impressions then should be about the food should be the same.

I really liked the filet, and it was so tender it practically melted in my mouth. My wife ordered the porterhouse, as she likes to eat the filet portion at the restaurant, then she has the other half the next day and gives the dogs the bone...anyway, she doesn't like any char on her meat, and with it cooking at 1800 degrees the edges were charred.

If you want a special meal, Ruth's Chris is a good place to go, and make sure to tell them when you make your reservation that it is a special event(anniversary, birthday). They will take extra good care of you,

Ruth's Chris Steak House

Cooking a good steak at home?

So, what to do if you can't afford one of these places, or you can't get there? If you have a source for good meat, buy locally and make them at home. If not, you can order meat from various companies that sell steaks online. My personal choices there are KC Steak Company and Rube's Steaks.

Take a look at my hub:on cooking steaks at home. It is virtually foolproof, and gives you good results.


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    • Pam Irie profile image

      Pam Irie 

      4 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Haven't been to either place but hope to soon.

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      Blair Stover 

      8 years ago

      I haven't been there yet but it sounds great! Thanks for the tip.


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