Strip Club eats
Yes. There are some out there that have great eats, and I'm curious to hear from everybody out there who can testify to this. I'd say it's safe to use an anonymous name for this purpose if you need to.
I personally recall a place in Montreal that was known for its Sunday dinners, although I can't recall the name. But a pretty great buffet.
Also recall seeing Anthony Bourdain eating at a strip club on his new show. I think he had a sandwich of some sort.
Very curious to hear from you.
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The place that Tony Bourdain was in was Satin Doll's, the place that doubles for the Bada Bing on "The Sopranos".
While researching for a recent trip, I read that Rick's Gentleman's Club, somehwere in the 30s in Manhattan is a good place to go for a steak, but I have no firsthand knowledge.
Well, I was right and I was wrong: the place I had read about is apparently called Rick's Cabaret and is at 50 W 33rd St. Their menu is available for viewing through the Rick's Cabaret website. $58.00 for a 21-day aged 20 oz 'Prime' Sirloin Steak (their quotes), $82.00 for Surf & Turf, and so on. I have not done a steakhouse experience in NYC, so I dont really know how this compares pricewise, but I have to figure that it's comparable to some places, pricier than others. The relative value of the entertainment is in the eye of the beholder.
Heston Blumenthal visit's Robert's in his book "In search of perfection"
the steaks seem to be far more than "pretty good" they are obsessively dry aged for extended periods of time and then cut to order and lovingly prepared by Chef Adam who seems to suffer a borderline OCD in terms of steak and its preperation.
But then again this place has got to be exorbitant with expensive temptations beyond the ribeye.
In another post a couple people spoke about Sugar's Cabaret in Austin one said:
"if the chef is still the same, the food there is excellent - Really...and of course you have probably the highest caliber "entertainment" (the women there are really quite attractive) for such an occasion."
and another mentioned that:
"[Sugars] …is a good spot for a perfectly cooked Black Angus ribeye and they do have plenty,attractive dancing naked ladies."
I don't know how good the taco place is, but there used to be a great little Japanese noodle shop next to Mary's.
People rave about the steaks at the Acropolis (or as my friends call it, "Church") but really they're not so great. They are cheap though! $5 for a steak dinner isn't too bad. The Acrop makes a pretty good gyro too. It's cheap and huge.
I used to work for a guy who would take me to lunch at a tit bar. The food was good, just burgers and fries but really exceptionally good ones. The owner of the club had a restaurant across the street and a few good pizza places too.
Anyway as good as the food was it was very difficult to enjoy it because of the dim, red lighting and because of the Bare Ass inches from my plate. Not that I am a prude or have anything against firm nude young women, I just found it jarringly incongruous to eat in their presence.
I think that it is kind of like Dinner Theater. You have to pick one. From what I hear Dinner Theaters actually produce pretty good theater, partly because they are so successful that they can pay actors nearly as much as an equity house. But, you can imagine that they have to choose a repetoire that sacrifices some of the values of the theatre in the interest of appealing to a broad audience. And I bet the food really sucks. Same thing with those cinema-and-drafthouse places, real great if you want to watch a movie and drink a pitcher of beer and eat some fried goods all at once, but uh WHY GOD WHY???
re: john clark
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I live in Austin where we have the Alamo Drafthouse - movie, greasy food and beer.
I generally don't eat the food, but beer with a movie?
That's a match made in heaven. I don't go to regular theaters anymore. For the same price as a soda, I can get a pitcher of cheap beer. I usually go for better brew.
The food is palatable, but not great. But every year they do a few "Eat, Drink, Watch Movies" shows. They bring in some local chefs (not their usual line chefs) and pair foods related to the movie with wines.
Big Night, Like Water for Chocolate, etc.
That's good stuff.
Now as for strip clubs.
That ain't my cup of tea, by a long shot.
But I've been dragged to them for bachelor parties and the like. I have a hard time gaging down a beer. i can't imagine trying to eat with some of that...stuff being swung at my plate.
Gives me the creeps just writing about it.
Some people dig it, though.
I can eat in some scummy looking restaurants, but I have my limits.
Steingarten, in his monthly Vogue column was raving about the quality of the steaks and food in general at a place in Manhattan a couple of years ago. Of course, he ruminated on and on about the distractions. Sorry - I don't remember the name of the place. It will probably be in his next anthology...
This is really getting down to the basics when everyone else seems to be centering on steak. To me the best food at one of these places is outside of the Sundowner in Niagara Falls Ont. Canada. After a night of enjoying the scenery and drinking a few good Canadian beers, its great to come outside and buy a nice hot sausage freshly grilled over a gas grill from the vendor. Throw on a few onions and some mustard and you really have something. This guy is out there all the time, summer and winter, rain or shine which is really saying something considering the horrendous winter weather you can run into in that part of the world. What a great country is Canada!!!
Haven't been to a SC in Canada, but the best I've eaten in are:
1. Penn's Port in Philadelphia, a low-rent gogo bar with character that serves excellent cheesesteaks. Their extra-cheese pepperoni cheesesteak is said to be something to experience, but it seemed like excessive grease to me. The regular steak with onions was better and cheaper than anything I've had at Jim's or Pat's and you could enjoy a cold beer with it. Patrons can sit at booths off to the side if they don't want to be close to the topless women.
2. The Playhouse in Burlington, NJ on Rt. 130 actually employs full-time a Korean chef that cooks for the house, and her food is quite good. Please note that it's BYOB and you'll be groped at the bar while you eat. It's sort of a feast for the senses, if you're into that.
my husband has been to a place in denver called "the diamond cabaret" which is supposed to be a steakhouse. he said he had really good lasagna there, and our carnivorous friend swore by their steaks. my husband thought the whole situation of eating lasagna with pootang in his face was just so very very wrong.
another place near UMass amherst, called "anthony's", used to do open early during alumni weekend and called it "legs n' eggs".
Here in Vegas, all the higher-end strip-clubs like to brag about having "great food". Spearmint Rhino advertises a all-you-can-eat lunch buffett, and Treasures likes to give off the "Baccanialian" aura of really high-end gourmet dining, along with your naked lady on the pole.
I've never stepped foot into a strip-club, but I can't imagine eating well at one would be an actual REASON to go, along with the girls. It would seem to me to be really distracting with the dim lights, the blaring music and well..The atmosphere in general (I once had a friend who worked at one here in town) woulden't be really condusive to a fantastic meal. She explained that the club wants the guys to STAY there, and not leave, hence all the $$ leaves. So, feed the guys who care to spend their money in such a way, and keep the money in-house. Why let Ruth's Chris get that money??*laughs*