When it’s time to celebrate a big milestone in life, sometimes steak is the only thing that will do. According to a new survey by The Linz Shop—one of America’s top-leading independent meat suppliers to steakhouses around the world—70% of consumers say their favorite food is steak. The 2022–23 Consumer Steak Report evaluates consumers’ favorite steak cuts, cooking methods, steak eating patterns and more.
While some American consumers may eat a steak cooked to their liking without a second thought, many of the participants in this survey said there are other factors to consider when considering what constitutes a “good” steak. More than half prefer to eat their steak with sauce—about 39% agreed that A1 sauce was the best. The temperature at which the meat is cooked is also very important – medium rare is reportedly the only way to go. But most people think of the cut when choosing a steak to eat.
Steakhouses often offer many different cuts of steaks, all of different grades and quality, but there is only 60% of America was crowned King of Steak. Plus, if you’re confused about steak grades, 53% of respondents said they are, check out the surprising secrets behind steak grades, according to Butcher.
Otherwise known as a flap steak or “butcher’s cut,” the bavette is one of the more loose-textured cuts that can be satisfying in terms of flavor. However, the survey reported that only 5% of the participants had their favorite vote.
If you enjoy your steak on the meatier side, the flat iron hits it on the nail. But for most Americans, it’s not a top contender. In fact, only 12% consider a lean slice of meat to be their absolute favorite, perhaps making it one of the least tender steaks on the list. Spruce eats.
A tomahawk is a ribeye with at least five inches of bone attached to the end, and while impressive, it is not practical in many instances. Only 13% said tomahawk was the best cut of steak.
One of the juiciest cuts of steak on the list (when it’s cooked right), doesn’t seem to be something Americans usually reach for. Skirt steak brought in 16% of the vote for best cut.
Porterhouse pulled in a good 27% of participants as a favorite, but it’s still a long way from top-tier status. This cut makes for a huge slab of meat, as it usually weighs over two pounds! A porterhouse is similar to a T-bone but it must have a fillet that is at least 1.25 inches thick from the bone to the widest point of the fillet to qualify as a more premium cut.
It’s not uncommon for many people to see NY Strip on a menu and get a tingling feeling of excitement. According to Steak Report, nearly 38% of Americans feel this way and find this cut of steak to be their go-to order.
This cut of steak is named after the “T”-shaped bone in the middle of the meat that separates the strip side and the fillet side. The T-bone cut is in the top three—with 43% of participants’ votes. The T-bone is more popular than the porterhouse because it is more manageable in size and is not outrageously expensive. At Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, for example, a T-bone is around $65, while a 40-ounce porterhouse is a whopping $115!
A close second is the filet mignon, which is extremely tender and widely popular. This cut of steak comes from the tip of the tenderloin, where the muscles don’t have to work as hard, making for meat so tender that some say it can be cut with just a fork. And according to a survey, 47% of Americans like to eat filet steak. Some serious steak eaters claim, however, that it is the least flavorful of the cuts.
Just over 60% of participants claim that ribeye is one of their favorite cuts of steak to eat, order and enjoy. Whether on or off the bone, ribeye is loved for the intramuscular fat that helps keep the steak moist and flavorful.
Jordan Summers-Marcoulier was born and raised in San Jose, California and now works as a writer in New York, NY. Read more about Jordan