The best steakhouses are places of reverence made to celebrate the art of a perfectly cooked steak, as well as life’s loyal and longtime friends and notable milestones. You can also impress a boss, business colleague or significant other quite nicely at a steakhouse. For me, a steakhouse conjures up images of high-backed leather booths, dim lighting, waiters in proper suits with jacket-pocket handkerchiefs, the table-side drama of salad architecture and meat carvings, and good manners.
One certain such old-school model of steakhouse in Los Angeles is where my family often celebrated happy times like graduations, engagements, notable birthdays and certain holidays and so it was a happy accident when I stumbled upon the Michael Jordan’s Steakhouse in Ridgefield, WA this past fall, where I found exceptional steaks and even more exceptional service.
Michael Jordan’s Steakhouse has so many great steaks to choose from but we landed on the most popular steak, MJ’s Delmonico, a 16 oz behemoth of USDA Prime, Dry aged 45 days Rib Eye Steak, with a Ginger-Balsamic Jus. Again, superb. From a person who does not eat steak often, I can tell you with 100% sincerity that I would go back here again and again for this steak. The cut of beef was deeply flavorful, prepared with minimal fuss, and garnished with a whimsical ginger inflected jus.