Knight’s and The Chop House top Ann Arbor poll for Michigan’s Best Steakhouse

Australian rib lamb chops at The Chop House

By Jessica Webster |
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on September 21, 2015 at 2:41 PM, updated September 21, 2015 at 11:24 PM

John Gonzalez, MLive statewide entertainment reporter, is leading a search for Michigan’s Best Steakhouse, and that search will bring him to Ann Arbor on Tuesday to visit the two top poll winners in the Ann Arbor News readers’ poll.

Garnering a whopping 50 percent of the vote, Knight’s Steakhouse was the clear winner of the readers’ poll, with The Chop House earning a healthy 28 percent.

Knight’s has been an Ann Arbor institution since 1984, when Ray Knight, owner of a popular westside meat market, took over the old Annie’s Dugout at 2324 Dexter Ave. The restaurant is known for its veteran staff, strong drinks, tasty steaks and no-nonsense atmosphere. A second Ann Arbor Knight’s location opened in April, 2014.

“If you take into account the quality of the meat, the strength of the drinks and the consistent high level of service due to the same staff there for years who know you by name… Knights wins this running away,” said commenter Gary Jordan.

The Chop House brought the classic sophisticated white tablecloth steakhouse concept to Main Street Ann Arbor when it was opened by Mainstreet Ventures in the mid-1990s. Wet-aged USDA prime steaks are the hallmark of the Chop House, as is seafood flown in daily from Foley in Boston.

John Gonzalez and I, along with a few of our hungry MLive and Ann Arbor News colleagues, will be visiting both The Chop House and Knight’s on Tuesday. The Chop House will be our first stop, at 4:30 p.m., followed by Knight’s at 6 p.m. You can follow our adventures on social media with the hashtag #mibeststeak.

RELATED: Complete list of Michigan’s Best winners, plus links to photos, recaps and more.

Gonzo is criss-crossing the state, visiting poll winners across the regions, looking for the steakhouse that serves up the best steaks and overall dining experience. Winners will be announced Oct. 1.

Knight’s Steakhouse The Chop House
•Where: 2324 Dexter Ave, Ann Arbor
•Hours: Monday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to midnight
• Atmosphere: Comfortable neighborhood gathering spot filled with regulars.
• Parking: parking lot
• Website:
• Facebook: Knight’s Steakhouse
•Where: 322 S. Main St., Ann Arbor
•Hours: Monday to Thursday, 5 to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5 to 11 p.m.; Sunday 4 to 9 p.m.
• Atmosphere: Sophisticated white tablecloth fine dining.
• Parking: street parking or nearby parking structures
• Facebook: The Chop House

Not into meat? Check out MLive’s search for the best restaurant for vegetarian and vegan food in Michigan.

Jessica Webster covers food and dining for The Ann Arbor News. Reach her You also can follow her on Twitter and on Google+.

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