Say you’re in the mood for a brawny steak and all of the classic fixins, but you’re not up for the scene downtown, where the big-name steakhouses do brisk and loud business. This Garden District meat emporium inside the Avenue Plaza Resort Hotel on St. Charles Avenue is an oasis — a low-key, clubby kind of place accented with dark wood and tile and genuinely adept waiters who understand the nuances of great service.
Real steak lovers know to order the aged USDA Prime New York strip or ribeye because they’re excellent examples of the breed and handled the way such meat should be: with salt, pepper, a raging-hot broiler, and by a chef with a lover’s intuition for cooking beef. (Steaks are served on sizzling platters, and you can count on getting hit with butter spatter.) Standards like the gruyere-crusted crock of French onion soup, anything au gratin-ed and wedge salad illustrate why steakhouse classics should never go out of style. Italian veal entrees on the menu are on equal footing with steaks here, but other items like the surf and turf or heavy, creamy crawfish pasta feel like an after-thought. Forget superlatives like “best” and “top”. Mr. John’s Steakhouse is in a class all its own among steakhouses in New Orleans.
Supreme slabs of beef, a discreet, clubby atmosphere, and old-school service make this classic New Orleans steakhouse a favorite with locals.