While many a steakhouse might overlook any dish that isn't a big juicy hunk o' red meat, Parker's never lets its seafood entrees play second fiddle to the filet mignon."Steakhouse" might conjure notions of a dark, stuffy den with hibernation-worthy foods—but luckily for us, "dark and stuffy" is decidedly not how Parker's on Ponce rolls. When this classic Decatur establishment first set up shop, it brought the steakhouse into the 21st century with its slate-grey walls, lofty windows and a roomy side patio that makes the bar feel like an elegant neighborhood gathering place (not a Wall Street power-lunch hotspot, like so many other steak joints). Parker's on Ponce is sophisticated, but relaxed—in essence, a fresh and quintessentially Decatur take on the classic steakhouse.
It goes without saying that this is a meat-lover's playground: there are almost too many cuts of steak to list off, all of which have your name on 'em. But for those of us with less carnivorous proclivities? While many a steakhouse might overlook any dish that isn't a big juicy hunk o' red meat, Parker's never lets its seafood entrees play second fiddle to the filet mignon. Yes, thanks to dishes like the sea scallops, served with an aged cheddar grit cake, crispy pancetta, arugula, and beurre blanc, Parker's is just as much a delicious feast for lovers of the fish as it is for T-bone aficionados. Plus, the beverage menu is as refreshing as the menu, with choices like local beers, Bloody Mary Vodka and Peach Cobbler Martinis (made with delicious, house-infused liquors). Leave it to Decatur to give us a steakhouse that puts just as much emphasis on the tipples as they do the T-bones.
Blue-Cheese-Stuffed, Bacon-Wrapped Dates, $11
Seared Salmon Filet, $22 Moroccan Spiced Lamb Chops, $34 T-Bone Steak, $36
Monday - Thursday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday & Saturday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Sunday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.