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Steak-ing out the best grills; Ordering a steak can be one of the most richly rewarding or deeply depressing of restaurant experiences. To save you from chewy gristle, Mary Griffin has selected six city restaurants where the steak has left us smiling chewy gristle, Mary Griffin has selected.

Byline: Mary Griffin

Andersons Bar and Grill 30 Mary Ann Street, St Paul's Square, Birmingham, B3 1RL. Tel: 0121 200 2515 This Jewellery Quarter hidden gem serves the creme de la creme of the city's steaks.

Tucked away in a corner of St Paul's Square, this atmospheric basement restaurant specialises in steak, sourcing locally reared Aberdeen Angus and Shorthorn beef from award-winning Leamington butcher Alan Beck.

There are half a dozen other main courses, as well as a selection of tapas for nibbling at the bar but Andersons comes into its own with its mixed grill, surf and turf and back to front (featuring rump steak, hanger steak and braised ox cheeks).

If you haven't already shared its 30oz porter house steak with a loved one you need to put that at the top of your to-do list. Today.

Fiesta del Asado 229 Hagley Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B16 9RP. Tel: 0121 455 9331, The team behind award-winning Indian restaurant Lasan opened Birmingham's first Argentine asado restaurant three years ago.

Now, this meat shack, filled with the fragrance of chargrilled flesh, is a firm favourite with the city's foodies.

The menu features spicy sausages, chilli tiger prawns and baby back ribs among others but it's the gauchos (the original Argentine cowboys) section of the menu where Fiesta really comes into its own.

The chefs have perfected the skill of cooking on the parrilla - a powerful, wood-fired grill that's situated at the front of the open-plan kitchen - and serve up a speciality in the bife de ancho, a 38oz, 2.5-inch thick, rib eye steak, grilled slowly on the bone. Another one to share with a friend or a lover.

Opus and Cafe Opus 54 Cornwall Street, Birmingham, B3 2DE and Ikon Gallery, Oozells Street, Brindleyplace, B1 2HS. Tel: 0121 200 2323 and 0121 248 3226, This Michelin-recommended restaurant, across the road from Purnell's, has made its mark by "celebrating beautiful market fresh British produce" with chef Ben Ternent treating top quality ingredients simply to allow them to shine.

The secret to the steak is its source at the single-estate Fingask Farm in Aberdeenshire, with the a la carte menu featuring a 7oz fillet or a 10oz ribeye, served with hand cut chips and peppercorn sauce.

The restaurant's little sister, Cafe Opus, at Ikon Gallery, celebrates steak night with live music every Friday from 5.30 to 7.30pm.

Ryder Grill at The Belfry Belfry Hotel, Lichfield Road, Wishaw, B76 9PR. Tel: 0844 980 0600, As the name suggests, this restaurant prides itself on its grill.

The beef is 28-day aged and raised at Cairnhill Farm in Ayrshire.

Choose from 8oz fillet, 10oz ribeye, 12oz sirloin or 16oz T-bone. Or if you really want to push the boat out, grab your lover and share the Chateaubriand for PS60.

The New Inn 74 Vivian Road, Harborne B17 0DJ. Tel: 0121 426 3373. Those canny devils at Brum-based bar chain Bitters'n'Twisted have done a sterling job of turning The New Inn into a steak and ale house.

The steaks, sourced from Leamington's award-winning butcher Aubrey Allen, come from organic, rare breed Longhorn cows, and are served with triple cooked or beef-dripping chips.

Wednesday is steak night, when you can get an 8oz rump steak cooked however you like it with chips for PS10 and you can get a Longhorn beef Sunday roast on, you guessed it, Sunday.

The Red Lion 95 Warstone Lane, Jewellery Quarter Birmingham, B18 6NG. Tel: 0121 233 9144. One of just three pubs in the region to make the shortlist in the Best Sunday Lunch category of the Observer Food Awards 2015, this is pub grub the way it should be.

Alongside home-made burgers, pub classics and "proper pub snacks" you'll find steak cooked to juicy perfection and smothered in peppercorn sauce.

There's also a steak option for breakfast if you're Brum enough to order the Brummie.

The best of the rest If that's not enough, here are seven more for your greedy bellies...

The Solomillo de Ternera 21-day hung 9oz beef fillet cooked to your liking, served with sauteed potatoes, braised onions and a Pedro Ximenez sherry sauce at Amantia Spanish restaurant in Bennett's Hill, ? The 10oz ribeye with salad and hand-cut chips at The Drop Forge, a renovated Victorian factory building in Hockley Street in the Jewellery Quarter.

The 8oz onglet or the 35oz cotes du boeuf for two at Le Truc in the Arcadian, where Friday night is steak night.

The fillet of Aberdeen Angus with red wine onions and bone marrow at Simpsons in Edgbaston.

The 10oz tail fillet of beef with watercress and bearnaise sauce at Purnell's Bistro in Newhall Street.

The steak frites at Miller and Carter, which has just won an award for having England's Best Sirloin Steak.

The 35-day aged ribeye at The Pickled Piglet in Gas Street.


The New Inn uses rare breed meats

Steaks from Andersons Bar And Grill and (right) Fiesta del Asado
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