The Best Steak Sauces, Ranked

Donald Trump prefers... ketchup

A delicious steak at Pineapple & Pearls. Photo by Scott Suchman

We already knew Donald Trump loves a well-done steak. But when he visited BLT Prime, the steakhouse in his own DC hotel, on Saturday night, a habit even more disturbing to gourmands came to light: The president eats his $54 steaks with ketchup.

The Independent Journal Review, which was on hand during the dinner, shared this tidbit from an anonymous server: “The President ordered a well-done steak. An aged New York strip. He ate it with catsup as he always does.”

It’s unclear if it was standard Heinz Ketchup, some off-brand version, or the housemade stuff. Regardless, we believe there is a hierarchy to steak sauces. And ketchup? Well, here’s our ranking of condiments, from best to worst:

  1. Bearnaise
  2. Chimichurri
  3. Salsa Verde
  4. Horseradish
  5. Maitre d’hotel butter
  6. Bordelaise
  7. A.1. Steak Sauce
  8. Peppercorn
  9. Blue cheese
  10. Heinz Ketchup
  11. Housemade catsup
Ann Limpert
Executive Food Editor/Critic

Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Logan Circle.

Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.

Jessica Sidman
Food Editor

Jessica Sidman covers the people and trends behind D.C.’s food and drink scene. Before joining Washingtonian in July 2016, she was Food Editor and Young & Hungry columnist at Washington City Paper. She is a Colorado native and University of Pennsylvania grad.