Atlanta's Best Steakhouse Lunches
When it comes to the quintessential steak experience, most people associate these kinds of restaurants with leisurely, drawn-out dinners. And that’s all well and good, but steakhouses are just as alluring during the lunch hour, when these meaty temples hone in on more casual fare. The result? The ultimate power lunch. And in Atlanta, there’s no shortage of daytime options. Here are some of the city’s best steakhouse lunch spots.
Chops Lobster Bar: This institution has the power lunch perfected to a tee. In fact, they promise to serve you three courses in 45 minutes, ensuring you’re satisfied and back at the office in no time. This includes an appetizer, a soup or salad and an entree. With so many options to choose from, it’s easy to keep coming back here and always order a different combination. Starters include smoked salmon platters, Thai chili calamari, crab cakes and crisped thick-cut onion rings with steak sauce. Soups and salads are hearty in their own right, too, with Cognac-splashed lobster bisque, chilled iceberg wedge BLT and a classic chopped salad all sharing menu space. As for entrees, look for selections like a crispy Maine lobster bLT, a broiled burger, chopped sirloin steak or Chilean sea bass and salmon “Hong Kong-style,” steamed in sherry-soy broth and accompanied by jasmine rice.
The Palm: Three-course power lunches are also available at this venerable staple, where starters, entrees and desserts can all be had for a bargain price in record time. But if you’re able to take your time and be leisurely about it, you’ll be in good hands, especially since the lunch menu is bursting with opportunity. Crabmeat cocktails, baked clams casino and beefsteak tomato Capri are just a few starters, followed by savorous specialties like chicken Parmesan, wasabi-crusted ahi tuna steak, Atlantic salmon fillet and a nine-oz. filet mignon. Sandwiches are solid too, featuring the likes of a Nova Scotia lobster BLT and a prime shaved steak sandwich with caramelized onions, fresh thyme and sharp provolone.
101 Steak: From Cobb salad to crab cakes, all the lunch classics are well-represented at this inventive steakhouse, where unexpected additions, sauces and sides manage to set this place apart from the herd. The aforementioned Cobb comes with succulent strips of beef tenderloin and a splash of red wine vinaigrette, while the crab cakes get a dash of peppadew remoulade. Braised fennel meatballs, pulled pork egg rolls and Georgia shrimp sandwich rolls are just a few other noteworthy picks. Don’t miss the incredible Wagyu pastrami Reuben. It’ll ruin you on all other Reubens going forward, but it’s worth it.
McKendrick’s: For 20 years, McKendrick’s has been satisfying Georgians steak needs all day long. It’s given them plenty of time to perfect their formulas, too, which is why their weekday lunch is such a solid fixture in the Atlanta area. From steaks and seafood to burgers, salads and shrimp cocktail, the restaurant pays apt homage to steakhouse lunch classics. Start with an indulgent plate of blue cheese potato chips, follow it with a spinach salad laced with wood-smoked bacon dressing, then beef things up with a bone-in rib-eye, a center-cut filet or a burger.
The Mercury: For those looking for a little more innovation during their lunch break, look no further than The Mercury. Here you’ll find crispy Brussels sprouts with herbsaint ranch dressing, Wagyu carpaccio with grilled romaine and tempura avocado, chorizo bocadillo sandwiches with pepper relish and Mercury grinders studded with roasted turkey, rosemary-scented ham, roast beef, tomato, mayo, Dijon and red wine vinaigrette.