Eat Where The Ballers Eat


Enjoying delicious, healthy meals prepared at home by world-class chefs sounds great on paper, but if NBA players’ dining habits are any indicator, it must get pretty boring. So, what do basketball superstars do when baked chicken and wilted arugula just don’t cut it? Step out for a good, old-fashioned cut of choice red meat, that’s what. We found some of the NBA’s favourite restaurants, which just so happen to also be the best steakhouses in America. Fancy that.


LeBron James
Where: XO Prime Steaks, Cleveland 
Before LeBron James left for the sunny climes of Miami (where he’d often dine at Prime 112, a favourite of Dwyane Wade’s), you’d probably see him devouring fine cuts of beef at Cleveland’s XO Prime Steaks. Famously, he once allegedly stiffed a server there on a tip for a $800 meal. The meaty menu features standouts such as 24-ounce wagyu steaks, racks of New Zealand lamb and king crab.


Nick Young
Where: Mastro’s Steakhouse, Beverly Hills
Lesson learned: fancy dinners solve everything, even if you’re caught taking home two girls that aren’t your girlfriend. The Lakers’ Nick Young took Iggy Azalea to Mastro’s Steakhouse shortly after photos of him leading two chicks back to his place surfaced. The place offers private dining for two, meaning you can share a whopping 48-ounce, double cut porterhouse steak without judgement. Another spot the couple has been seen at is Crustacean Restaurant.


Amir Johnson
Where: Jacob’s Steakhouse, Toronto 
Now that Toronto’s Sotto Sotto has burned down, that leaves Amir Johnson (and many other celebs, including the Raptors’ official ambassador, Drake) out of a ritzy haunt. Lucky for Johnson, the veritable foodie considers Jacob’s Steakhouse among his favourites as well. There a 40-ounce wagyu beef porterhouse can go for as much as $400 Canadian.


Dwyane Wade
Where: Red, The Steakhouse, Miami 
D-Wade doesn’t have much luck when it comes to preferred dining spots—South Street, a soul food kitchen, and People’s B-B-Q of Miami have both closed down in the last few years. However, the award-winning Red, The Steakhouse is where he currently gets his red meat fix. The upscale spot offers a range of prime cuts, earning it the honour of being one of the Esquire Magazine’s top five steakhouses in the United States. He’s also often seen with Gabrielle Union at Joey’s, a cafe-style Italian joint in the Wynwood Art District.


Russell Westbrook
Where: Mickey Mantle’s Steakhouse, Oklahoma City

Russell Westbrook has been spotted at Mickey Mantle’s Steakhouse numerous times, a self-proclaimed favourite of his, and he’s even had them cater one of his charity foundation’s dinners. The massive, 10,000-square-foot space serves up award-winning steak, including a 22-ounce “cowboy cut” rib eye.
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