• Restaurant Recommendation: Strip House

     
    POSTED May 30, 2017
     

    There’s nothing bare bones about this steakhouse.

Don’t let the name scare you off—you won’t be required to shed any clothing upon entrance. Strip House, snuggled inside Livingston’s Westminster Hotel, is a jewel of a steakhouse that eschews that old boys-club vibe of the steakhouses of yesteryear for a chic European look and feel. From the elegant bar to the rich red walls punctuated by vintage black-and-white photographs, Strip House exudes exclusivity.

While the restaurant’s main dining room is available for buyouts, the jewel-in-the-crown here is the private dining room. With space for up to 18 guests, the intimate private room is available for breakfast, lunch or dinner events, as well as meetings. “The private dining room at Strip House is designed to make people feel as if they were in our home, yet has all the high-tech amenities an event planner requires to hold a successful business meeting, luncheon or intimate dinner,” says Penny Glazier, partner in the restaurant group that owns  Strip House at Westminster Hotel and Michael Jordan’s The Steak House in New York City.

Strip House isn’t just good looking; the food is sensational. Prime cuts of beef are the restaurant’s main dish, while traditional sides, such as thick-cut fries and creamed spinach, are given an upmarket flair. Private dining clients are treated to special touches, including menus printed with company logos (if desired), as well as Champagne toasts and specialty cakes. And speaking of cake, don’t leave without a taste of the 24-layer chocolate cake—it’s that decadently delicious. Have a dog at home? Pick up one of Strip House’s bones on the way out.  

For more than 300 years, ranching has been a way of life—and business—in Texas. The uniquely Texan ranch experience has captured the imagination of the world, and ranches have served as uncredited “stars” for some of Hollywood’s most iconic productions: from Reata, the fictitious ranch depicted in the classic movie “Giant,” to the glamorous Southfork Ranch, home of the primetime soap opera “Dallas.” Longhorns, horses, cowboys, rodeos, 10-gallon hats and cowboy boots: There is an alluring mystique surrounding Texas ranches.

 

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After a year filled with uncertainty and countless projects and proposals put on hold, growth in any sector of the hospitality industry is always welcome news. But a statewide slew of brand-new hotels? That’s something to celebrate. Here, we spotlight just a few of the new properties offering planners and guests new spots to meet, refresh and recharge.