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Steak place in LA or Pasadena - reasonable

Clare K Aug 8, 2006 05:14 PM

Looking for a reasonably priced, non-chain steak restaurant in LA or Pas.

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  1. ipsedixit RE: Clare K Aug 8, 2006 05:22 PM

    How about SMITTY'S GRILL in Pasadena? http://smittysgrill.com/index2.php

    Or maybe for a little kitsch, THE DERBY in Arcadia? http://www.thederbyarcadia.com/index.php

    Some people really like MONTY'S, but I've never ever been a fan.

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      ostudio RE: Clare K Aug 8, 2006 05:29 PM

      I think Taylor's is very delicious and well priced.
      they have two locations- downtown(8th st.) and la canada (foothill blvd)
      atmosphere- dark clubby steakhouse vibe w/ booths and they make a good martini too.

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        jms_5150 RE: ostudio Aug 8, 2006 06:08 PM

        good choice!!-

      2. Kitchen Queen RE: Clare K Aug 8, 2006 05:38 PM

        Smitty's is the bomb - On Lake and Green -Sit on the patio. There's also the Arroyo Chop House. Both restaurants owned by Smith Bros. of the Parkway Grill www.arroyochophouse.com (Pasadena)KQ :)

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          wilafur RE: Kitchen Queen Aug 8, 2006 05:42 PM

          i second arroyo chophouse. the food and service are both fantastic.

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            ChinoWayne RE: wilafur Aug 8, 2006 05:45 PM

            Third Arroyo Chophouse, read about it here:


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              ipsedixit RE: wilafur Aug 8, 2006 05:45 PM

              Arroyo Chophouse is good indeed, but may not qualify as "reasonably priced" ...

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            revets2 RE: Clare K Aug 8, 2006 06:00 PM

            as far as reasonable steakhouses go taylor's (l.a. or la canada) is a good bet. order the culotte cut for which they're famous and the molly salad. it's an old school place.

            i think smitty's is just as expensive as arroyo chophouse, not surprising as both restaurants are owned by Smith Bros.

            i had a wonderful, reasonably priced skirt steak at mike and anne's in south pas last week. it was buttery.

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              Wes RE: Clare K Aug 8, 2006 06:08 PM

              We like the tenderloin at Damon's is Glendale.

              A fun Polynesian atmoshhere. Do a search for past comments.

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                Clare K RE: Wes Aug 8, 2006 06:35 PM

                Thanks for such great suggestions. I think it'll be a toss-up between Taylor's and Damon's...

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                samtron608 RE: Clare K Aug 8, 2006 10:31 PM

                Taylors is the way to go. on sundays at the LA location, there is the "sunday special" on the back of the menu. a culotte and 3 jumbo prawns for $29. great deal.

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                  brwencino RE: Clare K Aug 8, 2006 10:43 PM

                  Arroyo Chop House is great, but reasonably priced? Two of us each had a NY Steak, a salad each, one side for the two of us two drinks and each and one dessert for the two of us---$150 plus tip.

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                    ChinoWayne RE: brwencino Aug 9, 2006 12:48 AM

                    Everyone's definition of "reasonable price" is probably different. In my view the Chop House's prices are reasonable, in that you get good value for your money, however, I can understand that someone else might equate reasonable with dollar value only.

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                      Will Owen RE: ChinoWayne Aug 9, 2006 01:09 AM

                      ...and for (ahem!) some of us, $150 represents the grocery budget for a week, at least.

                      We are big fans of the rating symbols in the LA Weekly resto reviews. The cents symbol is a place we call "cheap", and a single dollar sign is "reasonable". Two or three, well, maybe if we're splurging. Four? C'mon, lottery!

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                        ChinoWayne RE: Will Owen Aug 9, 2006 02:14 AM

                        Yes, but "some of you" have a reputation of being a damned fine cook, so $150 in your hands just might turn out some mighty 'spensive tasting, fine vittles. ;-)

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