Consumer Reports' readers ranked 238 of America's restaurant chains, and helped select 117 of the nation's top chains. On the list were 19 steakhouse chains, ranked in terms of overall score from 0 to 100, with only restaurants scoring 80 or above listed in the survey. Check them out below, and see which ones have locations on or near Long Island.
19) Black Angus Steakhouse
Black Angus Steakhouse scored an 80 in the Consumer Reports' reader survey, placing it 19th among steakhouses that scored an 80 or higher on a scale of 100. The California chain, which was founded in 1965, has its locations on the West Coast.
18) Shula's Steak House
Former NFL coach Don Shula's steakhouse ranked 18th on the list with an overall score of 80. While the chain has 4 locations in Florida, the closest to Long Island it comes is Richmond, Virginia.
17) Saltgrass Steak House
Saltgrass Steak House, a chain mostly with locations in Texas, scored 81 on Consumer Reports' readers scale, placing it 17th among steakhouses in the survey. The restaurant only has one location on the East Coast, in Pensacola, Florida.
16) Texas Roadhouse
Texas Roadhouse, which started in Indiana in 1993, was ranked 16th overall among steakhouses by Consumer Reports with a score of 81. The chain has two Long Island locations, in Deer Park and East Meadow.
15) The Keg
The Keg is a British Columbia-based steakhouse with locations in Canada and the Western United States, which scored an 81 for 15th overall in Consumer Reports' survey. The closest Kegs to Long Island are north of the border in Quebec and Ontario.
14) LongHorn Steakhouse
LongHorn Steakhouse, which was founded in 1981 in Atlanta, scored an 82 in the Consumer Reports survey, good for 14th overall. The chain's closest location to Long Island is in Queens.
13) Sullivan's Steakhouse
Sullivan's Steakhouse, a Texas-based chain with 19 locations across the United States, earned an 82 rating and 13th place on the Consumer Reports' list. The closest location to Long Island is in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania.
12) Eddie Merlot's
Eddie Merlot's, an Indiana-based steakhouse that started in 2001, got an 82 rating in the Consumer Reports' survey, placing it 12th on the list. The chain is mostly based in the Midwest, with the closest location to Long Island being in Pittsburgh.
11) Smith & Wollensky
Smith & Wollensky opened in 1977 in Manhattan, and it ranked 11th overall in the survey with a score of 83, getting high marks for the food. The Third Avenue location remains the closest to Long Island residents.
10) Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House
Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House, the Texas-based chain, is in Consumer Reports' reader survey's Top 10, scoring an 85 with high marks for food, service and ambiance. The restaurant chain has a location in Manhattan.
9) Morton's The Steakhouse
Morton's, which started in Chicago in 1978, ranked ninth on the Consumer Reports' scale, getting an 85 with highest marks for food an ambiance. The chain has a location in Great Neck, as well as two others in Manhattan.
8) The Palm Restaurant
The Palm Restaurant, which began in Manhattan in 1926, ranked eighth in the Consumer Reports' survey with a score of 85, getting high marks for the food. The chain has a location in East Hampton, as well as three in Manhattan and a bar and grill at JFK Airport.
7) Perry's Steakhouse & Grille
Texas-based Perry's Steakhouse & Grille, which was founded outside Houston in 1979, ranked seventh on the Consumer Reports' reader survey, notching an 85. The chain is mostly located in the Lone Star State, with other single eateries in Alabama, Colorado and Illinois.
6) Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
Fleming's, which began in Newport Beach, California, in 1998 and now is part of the Bloomin' Brands family of restaurants, scored an 85 on the scale by Consumer Reports' readers, placing it sixth. The closest locations to Long Island are located in Edgewater and Marlton, New Jersey.
5) Mastro's Restaurants
Mastro's Restaurants, which began in Arizona, was picked as the fifth-most popular steakhouse by readers, with a score of 86, and ranking high in food, service and ambiance. There is a location in Manhattan.
4) Texas de Brazil
Texas de Brazil, a chain that began in Texas in 1998, was given a score of 86 by Consumer Reports' readers, good for fourth in the survey, scoring high for food and service. The chain's closest locations to Long Island are in Yonkers and West Nyack.
3) Ruth's Chris Steak House
Ruth's Chris Steak House, which began in New Orleans in 1965, was selected as the third-most favorite steakhouse in the study with a score of 87, with high scores for food, service and ambiance. The chain has three New York locations, in Garden City, Tarrytown and Manhattan.
2) The Capital Grille
The Capital Grille, founded in Providence, Rhode Island, in 1990, was picked as the second-favorite steakhouse by Consumer Reports' readers, with a score of 87 and better rankings for food, service and ambiance. The chain has a location in Garden City (shown), as well as three more in Manhattan.
1) Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse
The favorite steakhouse chain as picked by Consumer Reports' readers was Fogo de Chao, which began in Brazil and came to the United States in 1997. The eatery, which has a location in Manhattan, scored an 87 on the scale of 100.