Sunday, May 22, 2011

JJ readers say Shapley's has the best steak.

Nearly one thousand votes cast. JJ readers voted Shapley's for having the best steak in town. Tico's was second, Ruth's Chris was third. Results are below.

212 (22%)
Ruth's Chris
147 (15%)
12 (1%)
31 (3%)
24 (2%)
27 (2%)
33 (3%)
14 (1%)
Local 463
9 (0%)
Lone Star
10 (1%)
16 (1%)
43 (4%)
Ro' Chez
2 (0%)
294 (30%)
49 (5%)
8 (0%)
10 (1%)
10 (1%)


Anonymous said...

As if we needed more evidence that Jacksonians have no taste.

Anonymous said...

You said it, 3:50! The best steak in Jackson is the one I grill at home, thank you very much.

Anonymous said...

I think your next poll needs to be favorite type of grill.

Anonymous said...

No Parkerhouse?

Anderson said...

Good lord, Anon, have you eaten a steak at Parker House?

The insight at 10:08 (not posted by me) is one that I arrived at myself while eating one of their steaks.

(And I must've gone to Tico's on an off night; my steak was so poor, I had to suppose that it's a place to see and be seen, not to get a decent steak.)

Anonymous said...

agreed "10:34" never had a good steak at ticos. And how does a restaurant who broils their steaks win a best steak poll. Try Coppergrill in Destin or New Orleans. Their steaks are cooked on a grill in the middle of restaurant. And lobster to die for.

Anonymous said...

I guess since it's in Canton it'll never make the list, but Two Rivers has one of the best fillets around. Always perfectly cooked.

Anonymous said...

I've usually had good steaks at Tico's, Two Rivers, Ruth's Chris, and AJ's. Char is great one day and horrible the next. Same with Shapley's. Crechale's used to be great, but was poor last time I was there. Nick's is horrible. Never tried a steak at Mint or Monte's.

Anonymous said...

we aren't in Destin, the poll was for the best steak in the Jackson area. I also agree that Johnny does a great steak at Two Rivers and I don't eat there enough. In fact, all of this food is good.

KaptKangaroo said...

Too funny, NOW we want to talk about the quality of the steaks?

KaptKangaroo said...

Although, I agree with every observation here, especially the "good" comments and the lack of consistency from visit to visit.

Anonymous said...

Why does the use of a broiler vs a grill matter? Most Grills in restaurants are gas.....just like a broiler. The only way a grill matters is if it's wood burning. The benefit of a broiler is that the heating element will get to 1600+degrees to properly sear the meat. It's not the grill that makes the steak, it's the meat and the prep. Shapley's has been the best since 1986 and will continue as such. In fact, some of the most renowned steakhouses in the country use broilers...P.Lugers, Berns, Chops, Prime, D. Brennan's......the list goes on.

Anonymous said...

I WILL DO A "COOK OFF" WITH SHAPELY'S ANY TIME THEY ASK FOR IT. We get our steaks at the same place....SAM'S.

They are the BEST steak in town, IMHO, but my EGG will kick their 1700 degree broiler anytime, anyday, any place.


Anonymous said...

I can assure you that Shapley's does NOT get their meat at Sam's. If the USDA grade that you prefer is Select 2 labeled as Choice, feel free to continue buying your meat there. Yes, the Green Egg is a fine piece of equipment, I have one myself. Last time I checked, there isn't an Egg big enough to turn out 350+ steaks in under 5 hrs. Apples to Apples here please. If you over season or over smoke your meat I guess it really doesn't matter where your meat comes from. There's more finesse to cooking meat than "meats" the eye. Tongs instead of forks, letting meat come to room temp before cook, rest after cook of course. Shall we discuss the difference in grass fed vs. grain fed? All of this matters in "proper" prep of a quality steak. A $900 ceramic, coal oven with a grill grate on it does not a grill chef make.

Anonymous said...

Emeril? Really? More delusions of grandeur I guess. BAM! Get back to your crawfish covered catfish and call me when you remember the dishes you were creating before the Food Network got their grimey paws on you.

Anonymous said...

Two Rivers? Isn't that the restaurant that Sir Talk-a-lot Ben Allen said he was going to bitch about every month for the next five years?

Anonymous said...

Looks like we have a Shapley's lurker on here...or else a bonafide homer. For those of you who think dropping lots of cash on a good steak makes it the BEST steak in town, you're road lizard crazy. Shapley's stopped being the best when the steak was hit or miss, I'm guessing about 5 or so years ago. That, and some of the newer joints in the area started doing steak better. At this point, Shapley's is just tradition, not the best.

Anonymous said...

The BEST it is, and one of the BEST in America. No i am not kidding. I would proudly take a customer there from any part of the country.

Anonymous said...

9:29 you are spot ON.

Anonymous said...

oorrr someone who's dined out .........alot and in a past life has 20+ years food service experience, fine dining FOH & BOH. So lurker/homer no. Somewhat educated opinion yes. Don't have to agree, just my observation. There are fine examples of steak in several JXN eateries. I prefer the porterhouse @ Shapley's. Derek's bone in ribeye @ walkers will set you free too. Wowza!

Recent Comments

Search Jackson Jambalaya

Subscribe to JJ's Youtube channel


Trollfest '09

Trollfest '07 was such a success that Jackson Jambalaya will once again host Trollfest '09. Catch this great event which will leave NE Jackson & Fondren in flames. Othor Cain and his band, The Black Power Structure headline the night while Sonjay Poontang returns for an encore performance. Former Frank Melton bodyguard Marcus Wright makes his premier appearance at Trollfest singing "I'm a Sweet Transvestite" from "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." Kamikaze will sing his new hit, “How I sold out to da Man.” Robbie Bell again performs: “Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be Bells” and “Any friend of Ed Peters is a friend of mine”. After the show, Ms. Bell will autograph copies of her mug shot photos. In a salute to “Dancing with the Stars”, Ms. Bell and Hinds County District Attorney Robert Smith will dance the Wango Tango.

Wrestling returns, except this time it will be a Battle Royal with Othor Cain, Ben Allen, Kim Wade, Haley Fisackerly, Alan Lange, and “Big Cat” Donna Ladd all in the ring at the same time. The Battle Royal will be in a steel cage, no time limit, no referee, and the losers must leave town. Marshand Crisler will be the honorary referee (as it gives him a title without actually having to do anything).

Meet KIM Waaaaaade at the Entergy Tent. For five pesos, Kim will sell you a chance to win a deed to a crack house on Ridgeway Street stuffed in the Howard Industries pinata. Don't worry if the pinata is beaten to shreds, as Mr. Wade has Jose, Emmanuel, and Carlos, all illegal immigrants, available as replacements for the it. Upon leaving the Entergy tent, fig leaves will be available in case Entergy literally takes everything you have as part of its Trollfest ticket price adjustment charge.

Donna Ladd of The Jackson Free Press will give several classes on learning how to write. Smearing, writing without factchecking, and reporting only one side of a story will be covered. A donation to pay their taxes will be accepted and she will be signing copies of their former federal tax liens. Ms. Ladd will give a dramatic reading of her two award-winning essays (They received The Jackson Free Press "Best Of" awards.) "Why everything is always about me" and "Why I cover murders better than anyone else in Jackson".

In the spirit of helping those who are less fortunate, Trollfest '09 adopts a cause for which a portion of the proceeds and donations will be donated: Keeping Frank Melton in his home. The “Keep Frank Melton From Being Homeless” booth will sell chances for five dollars to pin the tail on the jackass. John Reeves has graciously volunteered to be the jackass for this honorable excursion into saving Frank's ass. What's an ass between two friends after all? If Mr. Reeves is unable to um, perform, Speaker Billy McCoy has also volunteered as when the word “jackass” was mentioned he immediately ran as fast as he could to sign up.

In order to help clean up the legal profession, Adam Kilgore of the Mississippi Bar will be giving away free, round-trip plane tickets to the North Pole where they keep their bar complaint forms (which are NOT available online). If you don't want to go to the North Pole, you can enjoy Brant Brantley's (of the Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance) free guided tours of the quicksand field over by High Street where all complaints against judges disappear. If for some reason you are unable to control yourself, never fear; Judge Houston Patton will operate his jail where no lawyers are needed or allowed as you just sit there for minutes... hours.... months...years until he decides he is tired of you sitting in his jail. Do not think Judge Patton is a bad judge however as he plans to serve free Mad Dog 20/20 to all inmates.

Trollfest '09 is a pet-friendly event as well. Feel free to bring your dog with you and do not worry if your pet gets hungry, as employees of the Jackson Zoo will be on hand to provide some of their animals as food when it gets to be feeding time for your little loved one.

Relax at the Fox News Tent. Since there are only three blonde reporters in Jackson (being blonde is a requirement for working at Fox News), Megan and Kathryn from WAPT and Wendy from WLBT will be on loan to Fox. To gain admittance to the VIP section, bring either your Republican Party ID card or a Rebel Flag. Bringing both and a torn-up Obama yard sign will entitle you to free drinks served by Megan, Wendy, and Kathryn. Get your tickets now. Since this is an event for trolls, no ID is required. Just bring the hate. Bring the family, Trollfest '09 is for EVERYONE!!!

This is definitely a Beaver production.

Note: Security provided by INS.

Trollfest '07

Jackson Jambalaya is the home of Trollfest '07. Catch this great event which promises to leave NE Jackson & Fondren in flames. Sonjay Poontang and his band headline the night with a special steel cage, no time limit "loser must leave town" bout between Alan Lange and "Big Cat"Donna Ladd following afterwards. Kamikaze will perform his new song F*** Bush, he's still a _____. Did I mention there was no referee? Dr. Heddy Matthias and Lori Gregory will face off in the undercard dueling with dangling participles and other um, devices. Robbie Bell will perform Her two latest songs: My Best Friends are in the Media and Mama's, Don't Let Your Babies Grow up to be George Bell. Sid Salter of The Clarion-Ledger will host "Pin the Tail on the Trial Lawyer", sponsored by State Farm.

There will be a hugging booth where in exchange for your young son, Frank Melton will give you a loooong hug. Trollfest will have a dunking booth where Muhammed the terrorist will curse you to Allah as you try to hit a target that will drop him into a vat of pig grease. However, in the true spirit of Separate But Equal, Don Imus and someone from NE Jackson will also sit in the dunking booth for an equal amount of time. Tom Head will give a reading for two hours on why he can't figure out who the hell he is. Cliff Cargill will give lessons with his .80 caliber desert eagle, using Frank Melton photos as targets. Tackleberry will be on hand for an autograph session. KIM Waaaaaade will be passing out free titles and deeds to crackhouses formerly owned by The Wood Street Players.

If you get tired come relax at the Fox News Tent. To gain admittance to the VIP section, bring either your Republican Party ID card or a Rebel Flag. Bringing both will entitle you to free drinks.Get your tickets now. Since this is an event for trolls, no ID is required, just bring the hate. Bring the family, Trollfest '07 is for EVERYONE!!!

This is definitely a Beaver production.

Note: Security provided by INS