Photography by Cooper + Ricca
For many Houstonians, the best steak in Houston isn’t found inside the Loop or even (gasp!) the Beltway; rather, it’s found about 30 minutes south of Houston in Pearland. Killen’s Steakhouse occupies a fairly small building on Pearland’s Main Street, with an unassuming façade more reminiscent of a roadhouse or barbecue joint. But once inside, the intimate dining room and stellar service mark it as a classic steakhouse. Unlike other restaurants, which list the beef by cut (strip, filet, etc.), the steaks here are listed by characteristics of the meat—grade, aging, even provenance. The 34-ounce, USDA Prime, dry-aged “tomahawk” bone-in rib-eye is both an impressive presentation and a delicious splurge.