The 'steakhouse' refers to a restaurant that specializes in beef steaks. These are also known as 'chophouses'. Steakhouses were started in the US in the late 19th century as a development of traditional inns and bars. A steak is a cut of meat usually beef, and are typically served grilled, pan-fried, or broiled. In Cottonwood, a typical steak dinner consists of a steak, with a starchy side dish, usually baked potatoes, but occasionally another potato dish, rice, pasta, or beans. The amount of time a steak is cooked is based upon personal preference; shorter cooking times retain more juice, whereas longer steak cooking times result in drier, tougher meat but reduce concerns about disease.