Whether it’s a special occasion or just a night out to dinner, sometimes nothing short of a great steak will hit the spot. Prime rib, or standing rib roast, is meat cut from the primal rib, and one of the most popular ways to enjoy beef. If you want the best of the best, head to one of these local restaurants.
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Jax Cafe
1928 University Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
(612) 789-7297

If the word “swanky” comes to mind when you step inside this popular Northeast Minneapolis restaurant, you wouldn’t be alone. The space is classic 1930s supper club, and there is no detail left unattended. But that’s not the reason to come, that’s just an added perk. The steaks are always done to perfection, and they’d be just as enjoyable in the parking lot out back. For that juicy, delicious 20oz prime rib, Jax is the place to go. It’s so good that even Nick Offerman (the steak-loving and ultimate authority on everything manly Ron Swanson from “Parks and Rec”) chose this as restaurant for when he came to town.

Butcher And The Boar
1121 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 238-8888

While it might be a boar that made it into this downtown Minneapolis restaurant’s name, the cow is certainly shown a lot of love as well. Of course you should try some of the house made sausages, and certainly the spare ribs which may be second to none, but we’re talking about steak, and the 20oz Prime Ribeye is one of the best steaks you’ll find in a downtown stacked full of steakhouses. This is a temple dedicated to great meats.

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Joan’s In The Park
631 Snelling Ave. S.
St Paul, MN 55116
(651) 690-3297

It’s a small restaurant, sure, but that doesn’t mean that Joan’s in the Park isn’t doing big things with steak. One of the Twin Cities’ hidden gems, it’s tucked away in St. Paul’s Highland Park where those in-the-know know that this is the place to go for a great steak. The simple, delicious rib eye comes from grass-fed beef, and is served with wild watercress and mushroom. There’s not much else you need when you have a perfect cut of beef on the plate.

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1933 Colfax Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 843-1515

There’s not much more to be said about Burch. It’s an award-winning restaurant from award-winning chef/restaurateur Isaac Becker where steaks reign supreme. But no discussion about steak in the Twin Cities is complete without mentioning Burch, and the selection of steaks, from grass-fed, to Wagyu, are amazing. The prime ribeye, however, is a sure bet for dinner and one of the best around. It’s one of those steaks where you don’t speak while eating — there’s nothing to be said. Only rib to be enjoyed. You’ll forget all about the pizza that is also served here, but if anyone in your group isn’t feeling steak, it is a nice option.

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396 21st St
Newport, MN 55055
(651) 459-3211

Haven’t had steak in a while? Clear your schedule Saturday night, or Sunday day, for Tinucci’s all-you-can-eat prime rib. This isn’t some dry cut of meat you’ll be getting buffet-style that praises quantity over quality. No. This is slow-roasted prime rib cut to order that is so tender and juicy when you bite into it, you’ll be transported to a world where red meat is part of every diet and health-fad, where you can eat all the prime rib you want and no one will every tell you otherwise.

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Adrian Schramm is a resident Saint Paul writer with a passion for all things local. Through his work with Saint Paul Almanac and Minneapolis Examiner at Examiner.com, as well as in the kitchens of bars and restaurants around town, he has discovered what truly makes the Twin Cities tick.