Bin 54 (Forrest Mason)

Five Outside

In Do, November 2022 by Lauren KruchtenLeave a Comment

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Make no mis-steak, these five steak restaurants just outside Raleigh are worth the drive.

1. NanaSteak
Dubbed “Durham’s best steakhouse,” NanaSteak is not just a dining destination—but an experience. Opened in 2016 next to DPAC, the resto is an homage to the Bull City’s long tobacco history, with its bar tops and tables inlaid with real tobacco leaves crafted by Artisan Leaf. The upscale spot is a go-to for dinner before a show, date night, or just an excuse to treat yo’self to a charcoal-grilled or slow-roasted handcut steak (choose from filet mignon, NY strip, ribeye and prime rib) and a bottle of vino. Cheers to that!

2. The Beefmastor Inn 
Tailgating pre-dinner? Don’t mind if we do. Since the long-established Beefmastor Inn doesn’t take any reservations, it’s tradition for diners to put their name down, grab a bev, and mingle in the parking lot while waiting for a table. Once seated (if you make it that long… some diners get too blitzed before dinner and have to bounce!), you’ll be met with “a steak that’s worth the wait,” aka a thick-cut ribeye—the only cut of beef they offer (!)—served with a baked potato and Texas toast, and accompanied by some veg from the salad bar. Sounds (and tastes) like home. 

3. Bin 54
Talk about high steaks. Under GM Michael Fiscus and executive chef Kevin Draper (and of Giorgios Hospitality Group), this Chapel Hill steakhouse and cellar has earned perennial praise for its tender, juicy mouthwatering meat—aka subtly seasoned steaks grilled over hickory wood and served with one of the resto’s housemade condiments on the side (pro tip: Get the blue cheese butter). Beyond the beef, high-quality ingredients—sourced locally when possible—are used in all of Bin 54’s dishes, from the mussels to the beef tenderloin tartare to the desserts (always save room!).

4. The Sycamore at Chatham Mills
At just barely a year old, The Sycamore has already earned status as a hidden gem just outside Raleigh—and for good reason. The intimate space at the historic Chatham Mills boasts a chic ambiance—see: a grand copper-clad bar and bronzed chandeliers—and an even more impressive menu of small plates (beef tartare, asparagus), steaks (choose from six cuts), additional large plates (think pasta and other meat dishes) and desserts (the chocolate pot de creme is a fan fave!)—NTM modern takes on classic cocktails to wash everything down. Don’t mind if we do.

5. Middleburg Steak & Seafood
With patrons flocking to this eatery for years now (despite overcoming a fire in 2016), it is no secret why this Middleburg locale is such a hit for date nights, private events and everything in between. Housed in a 1930s log cabin constructed during the Great Depression, Middleburg Steak & Seafood’s rustic charm and atmosphere lends itself nicely to a homestyle menu of surf and turf—serving everything from burgers, ribs and seafood dinners to wings and fried cactus (really), with steak being the main draw, naturally.

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