In a city with no shortage of great steaks, The Steakhouse on Whitemarsh Island may be overlooked for glitzier chophouses, but should it be? This restaurant really comes through with top-quality cuts served by friendly faces and even sometimes the owner himself, in a pleasant atmosphere, at an affordable price.  The interiors lean into a sultry mix of grey, black and white dressed tables with a horseshoe bar at the back of the restaurant.  Many nights you can find local artists providing a soothing musical backdrop. On the night that I visited, Annie Allman was tucked into the front corner playing an enjoyable instrumental set.

The menu boasts three types of steak: Filet Mignon, Ribeye and Prime Rib all at a reasonable rate of $26.95. This includes all the accoutrement, a salad, starch and vegetable of the day. This is a welcome change from most steakhouses today where you purchase your cut and then your sides separately. There are also chicken, seafood and pasta dishes as well. The desserts are made in house by a pastry chef who is also the owner’s sister.  They offer steak toppings at an additional price from sauces, mushrooms, onions and shrimp.

When you’re looking for a juicy, flavorful steak that is affordable enough that it doesn’t need to be a “special occasion,” then head towards Whitemarsh Island on US-80. Enjoy a classic steak dinner and don’t skip the dessert. Personally, I would leave the Bearnaise sauce to the French chefs but the mushrooms were a welcome addition.  This is a family owned business with a “customers are family” mentality that you won’t find at any chain.

Recommendations: Filet Mignon, shrimp cocktail and flourless chocolate torte