You probably don’t need any information, evidence, or convincing arguments to go out and have a steak dinner. It’s one of those things most of us would do a lot more if we could. But just in case you need a little extra motivation, here are 5 compelling arguments in favor of steak.

1. There’s no other meat like it

Have you ever heard anybody say they were going out for a celebratory chicken dinner? How about a pork loin, or filet of sea bass? There’s simply no getting around the fact that steak is the king of the hill when it comes to opulence, flavor, succulence, and celebratory activities. There’s a certain feeling you get before, during and after a really great steak dinner that you just don’t get with any other cuisine. Steak is in a league of its own.

2. The best quality steak is carefully and humanely raised

More and more people these days are concerned about where meat comes from, and whether the animals were ethically raised. This is, of course, a good thing. Aside from respect for animals and the environment, ethically raised meats are often healthier in very real ways. Steak runs a very broad spectrum of quality, but the high-end cuts of beef almost always come from clean, ethical sources.

3. It rarely disappoints

When it comes to steak dinners, there is always the occasional “dud.” This is far more likely to be your experience when you visit a steakhouse of questionable repute. But if you take your time to locate a quality establishment in your area (whether you’re at home or traveling in another city), you’ll almost always be able to find a steakhouse that takes its work seriously. To steer clear of disappointment, pay attention to customer reviews. A glance at the menu can also tell you a lot, depending on what information is given about the different steaks on offer.

4. It’s perfect for celebratory occasions

We already mentioned this one, but it deserves mentioning again. What celebration isn’t made better by a steak dinner with all the fixings? Weddings, anniversaries, bachelorette and bachelor parties, graduations, birthdays — the list goes on. Heading out for a celebratory steak is a perennial tradition, and it’s going to be around for a long time.

5. The possibilities are endless

One of the very best things about steak is that there’s always something new to learn. There’s always a new cut of beef to try, from a new and different source. In that respect, steak is a lot like sushi and other specialty cuisines. There are so many different cuts of beef, and no two steaks are exactly alike. The quality of the meat and the skill of the chef are integral parts of the experience.

The best argument in favor of steak…

If you’re looking for reasons to go out and have a steak dinner, the best argument is in the experience itself. If you haven’t been out to a quality steakhouse lately, and really tasted all it has to offer, you might want to step up and refresh your memory. This is one of those meals that has the power to stay with you…and keep you coming back for more!