Big Meat Guide: Austin’s Largest Steaks, Chops and Feasts

By Megan Giller  |  March 10, 2014

Austin may not feel like the rest of Texas, but we’re just as crazy about steak as our cowboy brethren. Fortunately, our city’s fast growth means there are plenty of places to tuck into a big piece of meat. Whether you’re looking for an all-you-can-eat Brazilian feast, a traditional steakhouse experience or a classic restaurant made new, here are eight meaty options.

  • Porterhouse at Trio 

    How Big: 36 ozs. 
    Juicy Details: This steak and seafood restaurant downtown uses USDA prime steak and recommends sharing.
    Side Dish: Start with the excellent raw bar, with apps like oysters, ceviche, lobster salad and king crab claws.
    The Damage: $78

    San Jacinto Blvd., 512-685-8300

  • Credit: Fogo de Chao

    Brazilian Feast at Fogo de Chao

    How Big: All-you-can-eat cuts like top sirloin, filet mignon, lamb chops and more
    Juicy Details: The best part of this free-for-all is the “go” card: when it’s flipped to green, servers will continue to bring you meat to your heart’s desire. If you need a breather, you can turn it to red for a second.
    Side Dish: As strange as it seems to eat salad at a meat-coma-inducing place like this, Fogo is known for its special ingredients at the bar, like aged Manchego, enormous artichoke bottoms, white jumbo asparagus, tabbouleh and more.
    The Damage: $45.50

    309 E. Third St., 512-472-0220

  • Wagyu Rib-Eye at Finn & Porter

    How Big: 40 ozs.
    Juicy Details: The all-natural meat comes from local Strube Ranch, and Wagyu means it’s buttery beyond belief.
    Side Dish: This chef’s feature is only available on the weekends. It also comes with three sides: fried Brussels sprouts with a soy-chile glaze, butter-whipped potatoes and broccolini.
    The Damage: $145

    500 E. Fourth St., 512-493-4900

  • Credit: Spencer Selvidge

    Porterhouse at Jeffrey’s  

    How Big: 38 ozs.
    Juicy Details: The all-natural, certified Angus beef from Niman Ranch is dry-aged for 32 days.
    Side Dish: Take chef and owner Larry McGuire’s lead and order your steak with a topper of foie gras butter and a giant onion ring at this old-school steakhouse made chic.
    The Damage: $140

    1204 W. Lynn St., 512-477-5584

  • T-Bone at ALC Steaks

    How Big: 28 ozs.
    Juicy Details: The classic Austin restaurant (it used to be called Austin Land and Cattle) uses certified Hereford beef that’s grass-fed and hormone-free.
    Side Dish: Go Paleo and add kale with grape tomatoes and garlic to the side of your dish, or just go for it all with truffled bacon mac 'n' cheese.
    The Damage: $42

    1205 N. Lamar Blvd., 512-472-1813

  • Brazilian Feast at Estancia Churrascaria

    How Big: Another all-you-can-eat Brazilian feast, this one features several kinds of top sirloin, beef ribs, lamb and more.
    Juicy Details: The steakhouse is known for its over-the-top options and gut-busting rich steaks.
    Side Dish: The extensive wine list here will help you wash down all of that protein. Also don’t miss the extensive salad bar.
    The Damage: $41.50

    10000 Research Blvd., 512-345-5600

  • Strip Steak at Bob’s Steak and Chop House

    How Big: 22 ozs.
    Juicy Details: The prime Kansas City strip comes with the bone in and is large enough to share.
    Side Dish: The dish comes with a choice of baked potato, smashed potatoes or skillet-fried potatoes topped with sautéed onions and peppercorn gravy.
    The Damage: $51.95

    301 Lavaca St., 512-222-2627

  • Rib-Eye at Roaring Fork

    How Big: 22 ozs.
    Juicy Details: The upscale restaurant sources their meat from the Linz Heritage Angus Program, which means it’s minimally processed and fed a 100% vegetarian diet. The Roaring Fork cooks the beef over a wood fire and finishes it with whole butter, sea salt and chives.
    Side Dish: Don’t miss upscale comfort apps like the lamb chop fondue with chile-pecan bread.
    The Damage: $41

    701 Congress Ave., 512-583-0000