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Al Biernat's

Although we wouldn’t go so far as to call Al Biernat’s family-centric, older kids (mainly seasoned, steakhouse veterans) might get a kick out of this Dallas institution and its local-celeb clientele. We say, save Al’s for wheeling and dealing and date nights.

Dallasites on a quest for the best tortilla soup in town won’t be disappointed here – Al’s takes a creamy and spicy slant with plenty of chicken. But you’re here for what Town & Country magazine has called “the best beef in Big D.” For a lighter lunch, try the steak salad with candied walnuts, blue cheese and teriyaki vinaigrette. And, for a dinner that says “I just closed a multimillion-dollar deal,” you’ll want the 14-ounce filet. Or the Australian lobster tail. (Or both.) Those in the know seldom order from the menu. You can cheat by taking a peek online before you go.

So is there a good time to take the tykes? Like we said … maybe when they’re old enough to select a nice pinot noir.

Updated 1/23/13