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8 Hunks of Meat: Boston’s Biggest Steaks and Chops

By Scott Kearnan | March 10, 2014 By Scott Kearnan  |  March 10, 2014

We hope you brought your appetite. Taking a "bigger-is-better" approach to meat-eating, we hunted down some increasingly large chops that will satisfy even the most ravenous carnivore. Behold the bigness.

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  • 100-Day-Aged Rib-Eye at Grill 23 & Bar

    How Big: 18 ozs. 

    Juicy Details: The "smallest" piece of meat on our list still tips the scales at well over a pound. But it also pushes boundaries in another respect: aging. The all-natural Brandt Beef is aged 100 days, giving it a robust flavor that is singular. 

    Side Dish: This iconic Boston steakhouse is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and gifting itself with some renovations. The first-floor bar is undergoing a full renovation and will reopen this month with a new menu, scotch and cocktail program. 

    The Damage: $51

  • Crispy Pork Chop at Prezza

    How Big: 20 ozs. 

    Juicy Details: Prepare to pig out on hormone- and antibiotic-free pork served with vinegar peppers, potato and roasted red onion. The dish is so popular, it's been on the menu since Prezza opened in 2000. 

    Side Dish: Save room for for dessert - dessert wine, that is. Prezza holds an impressive selection of grappa, port, sherries and other fine finishes. We recommend the Inniskillin Riesling ice wine ($22). 

    The Damage: $28

  • Colorado Lamb Saddle at Post 390

    How Big: 24 ozs. 

    Juicy Details: This lamb duo of tied and roasted lamb loin and tenderloin in a minted shallot lamb jus is designed to share. It's served with gratin of gold and sweet potatoes, roasted broccolini and carrots, warm mushrooms and a French country salad. 

    Side Dish: The Back Bay restaurant boasts over 30 craft beer varieties, and the lamb is lovely with the vanilla hint of Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale ($7.25).

    The Damage: $75

  • Oxtail at Fairsted Kitchen

    How Big: "About" 32 ozs. 

    Juicy Details: One of Boston's hottest restaurants currently has this shareable, large-format feast on its menu, served with a rosemary and red-wine reduction, turnips, carrots and arancini.

    Side Dish: Co-owner and sommelier Steve Bowman suggests pairing it with the spicy, plumlike Macedonian wine Tikves Vranec.

    The Damage: $51

  • Wagyu LongBone at Del Frisco's

    How Big: 32 ozs. 

    Juicy Details: The fab Japanese beef tilts the scales and, with its luscious marbling, makes the mouth water.  

    Side Dish: Served à la carte, it pairs well with sautéed mushrooms and creamy, buttery château potatoes.

    The Damage: $89

  • Dry-Aged Bone-in Sirloin at Strega Prime

    How Big: 42 ozs. 

    Juicy Details: This hefty hunk of meat is served with a luscious foie gras and truffle marrow butter.

    Side Dish: Among the tasty sides, we're partial to crispy cider and pancetta Brussels sprouts ($8) and a four-cheese macaroni with lobster ($18) that feels nearly as heavy as this sirloin. 

    The Damage: $47

  • Porterhouse at Boston Chops

    How Big: 48 ozs.

    Juicy Details: Tipping the scales at 3 pounds, this massive porterhouse is even better with a bit of the South End steak destination's tangy housemade sauce.

    Side Dish: If you can manage to reserve a little extra room, the poutine-style, twice-baked "loaded" potato ($12) is a standout accompaniment.  

    The Damage: $160

  • Veal Panzetta at Nebo 

    How Big: 12-14 lbs. 

    Juicy Details: This gorgeous feast is veal breast stuffed with ricotta, Romano cheese, prosciutto, pine nuts and raisins. It’s only served as part of the Nebo Chef’s Dinner in the restaurant’s private dining room; reserve the necessary group of 12 to 14 people, and you'll have a crew ready to consume about a pound apiece. 

    Side Dish: The feast includes antipasti and sides of cast-iron fried polenta pizza topped with sautéed escarole and cannellini beans, potatoes, giambotta (slow-cooked zucchini) and green beans in a tomato marinara with egg ribbons.

    The Damage: $1,500

Places Mentioned

Prezza

ItalianNorth End
Food25 Decor22 Service23 Cost$55

Nebo Cucina & Enoteca

ItalianWaterfront
Food24 Decor24 Service24 Cost$46

Del Frisco's Steakhouse

SteakhouseSeaport District
Food24 Decor23 Service23 Cost$79

Grill 23 & Bar

SteakhouseBay Village
Food25 Decor24 Service24 Cost$76

Post 390

AmericanBack Bay
Food23 Decor23 Service21 Cost$41

Fairsted Kitchen

New AmericanBrookline
Food21 Decor18 Service22 Cost$45

Boston Chops

SteakhouseSouth End
Food25 Decor25 Service24 Cost$66

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