Ottawa steak fans have sided with another famous meat-lover by voting Al's Steakhouse as serving Ottawa's Best Steak.

Among the many pictures of celebrities on the wall is one of Sam Saikly's father Al with Col. Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken fame.

"He was here for three months opening up his KFC restaurants in Ottawa," said Sam, of the 1973 visit. "For one solid week he was here every night for dinner with his wife."

Years after the resturant's 1967 opening, its locations on Elgin Street in downtown Ottawa and Bell's Corners still keeps drawing in the regulars.

"It's a great place and the steak is number one in Ottawa," said Angelo Filoso, who has been coming for 20 years.

"They cook it amazingly. It's perfect. It's moist. It's delicious," said Jill Knox. "Medium rare is medium rare. It's not well done."

Sam Saikly said there is one key difference in how those steaks are prepared.

"We are still the only steakhouse in Ottawa that uses live charcoal," he said.

The other nominees for Ottawa's Best Steak were The Crazy Horse on Roland Michener Drive in Kanata, Hy's Steakhouse and Cocktail Bar on Ottawa's Queen Street, the multiple locations of The Keg and Louis' Steakhouse on Cyrville Road in Gloucester.

Next week the focus shifts to Ottawa's Best Bakery, with nominations open until Sunday at midnight. Voting on the top nominees will be open from Monday to Thursday at 1 p.m., with the winner announced Friday, August 26.

With a report from CTV Ottawa's Stefan Keyes