• Charlie Leonard

14 Gaston County restaurants serving up steak, from Hibachi to Philly to NY Strip

If you love a good steak, you're in for a treat. All around Gaston, restaurants boast brunch and vegetarian cuisine while serving up a variety of meat-centric meals. Steakhouses of varying style and specialty abound and, thankfully, steak comes in all different forms, and it's the perfect time of year to enjoy them inside, on the patio or at home on the grill.

Randy Rivera, Gaston Outside

There are the classic cuts of steak like New York Strip, ribeye, filet mignon, sirloin, and the porterhouse—if you’re really hungry—that you’ll find at your formal steakhouse or sit-down restaurant. Then there’s the Asian styles of hibachi and teriyaki steak, plus cheesesteaks with grilled onions and peppers and, in some cases, anything else you can think to pile on.

Sounds good, right? Check this list, grab a pal and vow to eat your way around Gaston County.

238 Cherokee Grill

222 S. Railroad Ave., Kings Mountain

Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

238 Cherokee Grill in Kings Mountain has a versatile tavern menu of burgers, appetizers, sandwiches, and entrees with the beer and wine to match, but you shouldn’t miss their steak. All steaks at 238 Cherokee Grill are USDA Certified Choice Beef and come with a choice of side plus a side salad. You can’t go wrong with the 16-ounce Cowboy Ribeye with extra marbling throughout the steak for a richer and juicier flavor.

AmberJack Seafood and Steaks

4253 S. New Hope Road, Gastonia

Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday 3 p.m.-10 p.m.

There’s quite a selection of steak at AmberJack Seafood and Steaks with 10 different cuts to choose from. Their AmberJack special is one of their best cuts of steak, which is a 10-ounce Angus Lipton Ribeye that’s charcoal broiled to your desired temperature. Try it with one of their many steak toppers or make it surf and turf with some fresh salmon, scallops, or jumbo shrimp.

The Bottle Tree

Chris Rodarte, Gaston Outside

102 Davis St., Belmont

Wednesday-Thursday, 5 p.m.-9 p.m.; Friday 2 p.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

There are plenty of excellent restaurants to choose from in Belmont, and The Bottle Tree happens to be one of them due to its globally inspired menu. If you want steak at brunch, they have a smoked ribeye hash with a fried egg, wild mushrooms, collards, and an aji amarillo hollandaise. Can’t make it to brunch? Choose the Korean BBQ hanger steak from the dinner menu.

Hillbilly’s BBQ and Steaks

Evey McFadden, Gaston Outside

305 S. Main. St., Lowell

Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Since 1989, Hillbilly’s BBQ and Steaks in Lowell have served the Gaston County area great barbeque, ribs, and steaks, earning them a cult classic status. Each steak is hand-cut from Sterling Silver Angus beef and cooked over a hickory flame to your desired doneness. Try their steak combo, which comes with an Angus Ribeye and a choice of Hillbilly’s award-winning pork ribs, a grilled marinated chicken breast, or some slow-cooked BBQ beef or pork.

JIA Asian Fusion and Sushi Bar

3418 S. New Hope Road, Gastonia

Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Sunday 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m.

JIA Asian Fusion and Sushi Bar on the outskirts of Gastonia has earned high praise for their sushi bar and Asian fusion offerings. Steak at JIA is prepared in the classic hibachi or teriyaki style and can be combined with chicken, shrimp, scallops, or lobster tails. If you’re looking for something spicy, try the Spicy Orange Peel Beef: a Szechuan-style flank steak tossed with spicy, sweet & sour orange sauce and fresh orange peel, garnished with broccoli.

The Lodge Tap and Tavern

Photo Courtesy of The Lodge

101 Kenwood St., Belmont

Sunday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-12 a.m.

With a lodge-like atmosphere that proudly displays its big game trophies throughout the restaurant, you’d really be missing out if you didn’t order meat at The Lodge Tap and Tavern in Belmont. Game-like items such as mountain trout, duck, venison, and bison are readily available alongside the typical staples of beef, chicken, and pork. A unique spin on a steak classic is the bison strip steak that’s hand-cut and comes with your choice of two sides.

Mayworth’s Public House

Photo Courtesy of Mayworth's Public House

115 Center St., Cramerton

Sunday 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Monday-Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday 11:30 a.m.-12 a.m.; Saturday 11 a.m.-12 a.m.

Offering an upscale pub experience in the heart of Cramerton, Mayworth’s Public House gives diners the option to go laid back or classy with their versatile menu. Alongside favorites like the homemade brunch or their shrimp and grits, a hamburger steak and gravy, the eight ounce sirloin or the 12 ounce ribeye provide an effortless balance of comfort and class.

Old Stone Steakhouse

Anna Naphtali, Gaston Outside

23 S. Main St., Belmont

Monday-Friday, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 5 p.m.-9:30 p.m.; Saturday 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.

The former Belmont Police Department building is now the Old Stone Steakhouse, an arrestingly beautiful steakhouse that’s classic to the core. Supported by a nice ensemble of traditional steakhouse appetizers, salads, and sides, the cuts of USDA choice steak you’ll find at Old Stone play the part flawlessly. Each ribeye, sirloin, filet mignon, and New York strip steak can also be customized in a unique style like Au Poivre, Oscar, and blue cheese/Cajun crusted, but also Southern style and bacon-wrapped with scallops. These steaks come with a house wedge salad and the choice of a steakhouse side.

Pita Wheel

Photo Courtesy of Alyssa Moss, Moss Videography

110 S. York St., Gastonia

Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

1108 E. Main St., Dallas

Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Starting out as just a food truck, the Pita Wheel has evolved into one of Gaston County’s classic restaurants with locations in Gastonia and Dallas. They’ve got a multitude of different Philly wraps that feature shaved sirloin, peppers, and onions, and a mixture of special sauces and add-ins. One of the standouts is the Cheech and Chong Philly that comes with shaved sirloin steak and smoked provolone cheese, caramelized onions, ranchero, chipotle sauce, and a generous topping of NC fried pickles.

The String Bean

Anna Naphtali, Gaston Outside

106 N. Main St., Belmont

Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

The String Bean in downtown Belmont is part butchery, so you can rest easy knowing that you’ll be getting a high-quality cut of Certified Angus Beef steak to take home or to eat at their in-house bistro. Featured on their menu is an eight-ounce filet mignon that’s comes with two sides. Be sure to pair your steak with one of their wines in-house that regularly wins awards from Wine Spectator magazine.

Surf and Turf Lodge

808 N. 14th St., Bessemer City

Sunday 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Wednesday-Thursday, 4 p.m.-8:30 p.m.; Friday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday 3 p.m.-9 p.m.

From their rustic-themed restaurant in Bessemer City, the Surf and Turf Lodge serves an extensive list of favorites from the sea and land, and you don’t necessarily have to choose one or the other. Standing alongside traditional cuts of ribeye, filet mignon, and sirloin is the surf and turf special, which pairs a 10-ounce ribeye with skewered jumbo shrimp.

Webb Custom Kitchen

Anna Naphtali, Gaston Outside

182 S. South St., Gastonia

Sunday 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 4 p.m.-8 p.m.; Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 4 p.m.-9 p.m.; Friday 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 4 p.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday 4 p.m.-10 p.m.

Straight from an old 1920’s era movie theatre in downtown Gastonia comes Webb Custom Kitchen, a revitalization of Gastonia’s golden age with a modern twist. Everything from the interior decor and ambiance to the menu items brings aged sophistication to the modern-day, meaning you’re getting a meal you’re not going to forget anytime soon. Their Certified Angus Beef steaks include an aged cowboy ribeye, a hand-cut aged ribeye, and center-cut filet mignon, but their most impressive steak is the Certified Angus Beef Porterhouse Club challenge steak. Finish this 40-ounce porterhouse steak and you’ll get your picture taken, earning you a spot in the annals of Webb Custom Kitchen’s history as a revered patron.

Wills Doggn' It Deli and Dogs

Chris Rodarte, Gaston Outside

1301 Spencer Mountain Road, Gastonia

Tuesday-Friday, 10:45 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday 10:45 a.m.-5 p.m.

Wills Doggn' It Deli and Dogs is a Ranlo favorite and a Gaston County classic. The small deli and market right off Spencer Mountain Road serves meats, cheeses, hot dogs, and other food items to go, including an outstanding cheesesteak. The meat is London broil chopped and served on a wedge with provolone cheese, sautéed mushrooms, peppers and onions, and garlic mayo.

The Woodshed

Evey McFadden, Gaston Outside

210 S. Main St., Stanley

Tuesday-Thursday, 5 p.m.-9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 5 p.m.-10 p.m.

Previously known in years past as the spot to line dance or shag, The Woodshed is a Stanley icon thanks to their classic selection of steaks. The house selection is the ribeye which comes thick-cut or close trim and goes excellent with their just as classic tomato and onion sandwich.