We took a step back into the 19th century, a time when the beefsteak dinner was at its prime and eating with your hands was highly respected. Flank in Waltham, Massachusetts, is a world-class steakhouse with a nod to the past. It's inspired by the post-prohibition era, with a modern interpretation of the old beefsteak dinner.
The traditional beefsteak dinner was a celebration where working-class men (only) would gather to tell stories, drink and dig in on an all-you-can-eat feast of beef. Men would eat with their hands, wipe them on their aprons and compete to see who could eat the most.
When people order the "beefsteak dinner" at Flank, in true 1850s fashion, the utensils are removed from the table. Diners are provided an apron and encouraged to use their fingers to dig into the delicious selection of prepared meats and seafood.
The idea behind Flank was to tell a story. Going back to the history of steak, Flank gives a modern-day, fine-dining twist to old traditions, and social media has proven to love it.
The beefsteak dinner at Flank is a four-course meal that is engineered to eat with your fingers -- from jumbo shrimp cocktail and fresh oysters, to finger friendly wedge salad. The main course is composed of sliced rib-eye, lamb chops, lobster and of course flank steak.
Which is the favorite amongst the kitchen staff? It was unanimous: rib-eye.
And just because the meat was so incredibly tender -- cooked to absolute perfection -- we had to ask for tips as we are approaching BBQ season. And in true Flank style, the lesson was taught to us with our fingers.
Once your belly is full, take a ride over to Somerville, Massachusetts, and check out some of the world's worst art at the Museum of Bad Art.