Well I frequent Morton's whenever I am in the U.S. and often visit Ruth's Chris while in Toronto and a few of their locations in the U.S. and overseas. Both are outstanding steakhouses and I love to stop in. I once went to an amazing Steak House in Monte Carlo but its probably after Morton's and Ruth's on my list.
My absoulute favorite would have to be Que de Cheval in Montreal. It had a classical elegant atmosphere with a mondern-contrempary twist. My favortie view is when you enter, a large-open kitchen lets you see the master chefs hard at work while to your left is the butcher area and meatlockers where the USDA prime steaks dry-age.. This really gets your mouth watering.
Their is a good selection of appetizers from caviar to shrimp.. and their steakcuts are amazing! As good as all their steaks are, especially the house specail prime rib, I am in love with the monumental porterhouse. Everytime as they bring the steak out before they cook it I am very impressed with the sheer thinkness of the cut and how well marbled it is. I recommend a side of onions and their mash-potatoes (to die for). I normally enjoy a cocktail with my dinner and make it the surf and turf with the biggest Tiger Shrimp you have ever seen, a generous cut of fish and an outstanding lobster.
And if you think that nothing could top a great steak wait till the bring out the dessert a la carte..... While their are many delicous choices I must stress that you get the house special cheesecake. A plain cheesecake drizzled in freshly melted choclate - I have never felt closer to heaven, This is perhaps the creamiest and most delicous cheescake I have ever sunk my teeth into.
Of course I enjoy a few ports after dinner along side a nice cigar. They have an outstanding cigar selction, in addition to their huge wine cellar. The best thing about their cigars those is the Cubans... I'm sorry but nothing hurts more than after enjoying a great meal ,in many steakhouses south of the border , settling for a Dominican Republic cigar.
Of course the service is impeciable. There was always atleast 3, often more, waiters standingalongisde the table. And not in an awkward way either, they are very friendly and are easy to carry on a conversation with... and nothing is better than having the manager cut and light the cigar for you.
While none of these places are cheap I love a good steak and spare no expense. I also greatly enjoy the elegance of the restaurants. I would count BBQ second to none but when I go to a steakhouse, personally, I want an very elegant atmosphere. Besides nothin impresses the lady folk like takin em to a classy joint.