Need a steak suggestion -- but not an obvious choice
Hello all... My wife and I, along with another couple, have been doing a monthly steak night for years. The purpose of which is to try everyplace at least once, in a never ending quest to find not just the best, but also most interesting. Past visits have included, but aren't limited to:
Musso & Franks
Nick & Stefs
Pacific Dining Car
Mortons of Chicago
Tam O' Shanter
Arroyo Chop House
There's at least a couple more we've done that are escaping me at the moment, but I'm sure you get the idea -- the usual suspects have all been covered. But back to my request, I'm looking for other, perhaps not as obvious but equal or better in quality suggestions. Thanks in advance!
A couple for you to consider...
Pane e Vino and/or Angelini Osteria - for the Bisteca
Saddle Peak Lodge - for non-beef steakiness
Also, I'd be interested in a) what's your opinion of those you listed? b) which would you rate highest? and c) what sort of cut is your preference (NY, filet, etc.)?
Our top meals thus far have been Mastros and Dakota (which was a total surprise -- we didn't expect much). But then, they were easily the 2 most expensive meals as well.
The biggest bargain had to be the Buggy Whip, which was quite good (contrary to quite a few opinions on this board, so take it with a grain of salt -- maybe we just caught a perfect night), and as a bonus, had terrific green goddess dressing.
As for cut, I prefer either a New York or Ribeye, medium-rare.
OK, thanks for the info... Of the ones you listed, I've been to:
Taylors (OK, but not amazing)
The Palm (Actually quite terrible - twice)
Pacific Dining Car (Decent - love the old-time feel)
Dakota (agree - this was a great meal)
BOA (pretty good - have been several times for 1/2 price wines)
Morton's (Eh... OK but the chainy vibe puts me off a bit)
Ruth's Chris (see Morton's)
Definitely still need to hit Mastro's and Cut.
Also, though I haven't been myself... there's also Sterling Steakhouse on Sunset.
CAMPANILE. I had a Kansas City steak there a couple times that was one of the best I ever ate. I suggest checking ahead to make sure they have a steak on the menu. Also, the restaurant is closed for a week or two for remodeling.
A lot depends on how far you are able/willing to drive...and I'll give you some recs central, some south and a hint at some N/NW.
First of all, what a cool thing...monthly steak night! You've hit some great places so far. I'll the reiterate the sugestions for Shula's 347, Cut and add in a place that has been well-discussed but I have personally never been to, and that's the Porterhouse Bistro in BH. Ok, now to OC, my home...a number of the places in the SOuth Coast Plaza/Newport Beach area, among them FLeming's, Bengalow, Bandera, La Cave (definately unique), as well as Five Crowns and Gulliver's for prime rib. However, my personal favorite, and a unique experience to boot, is Trabuco Oaks Steakhouse in Trabuco Canyon (near Rancho Santa Margarita). WELL worth the drive for dinner, drinks, and just soaking up the atmosphere there.
I won't address things in detail here (check the CA board), but for a special weekend trip or something, you really need to head out to the Santa Maria area. There's a 4 or 5 places that should be on any steak-lover's list.
Here is an old relaible that you've probably been to but left it off your list:
The Grill on the Alley - Bverly Hills
Someone already mnetion Dal Rae. They have a signature Pepper Steak:
Dal Rae - Pico Rivera
But it sounds like to me that you've consumed most of the tradition steak preparations out there and your next several steaks need something new. How about some ethnic spices on them?
Chaya - Asian Fusion(?) - West Hollywood
Fillet Mignon & 16 oz. Rib Eye
Carlitto's Gardel - Argentinean - L.A.
14 oz Rib Eye with "Chimichurri" sauce (& several others).
Some have posted that there is better Argentinean restaurants in L.A. so let this inspire you. You could start a new post for i.e. "Where is the best Argentinean Steak in L.A."
L'Orangerie - French - West Hollywood
There is only 1 on the online menu "Grilled Loin of Prime Beef" and it's expensive. Does it qualify as a Steak?. Since this place is closing 12/31, you might want to go there one last time since the Chef has promised to stay on till the end.
Chinois on Main - Cal/French/Asian Fusion - Santa Monica
One of my favorite beef dishes of all time:
Charcoal Grilled Szhechuan Beef with hot chili oil & cilantro sauce.
Spago - Creative Cuisine (?) - Beverly Hills
Cut maybe the hot ticket in town for steak these days, but you left out Wolfgang's other place from your list. When was the last time anyone posted an unfavorable food review at Spago?
Grilled Bone-In Prime Kansas City Steak)
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Prime Cote de Beouf over Charcoal (for 2
Frida - Mexican - Beverly Hills
They have 6 steaks on the menu, 5 of which are mexican spiced and 1 traditional Filet Mignon for the unadventerous.
Mozambique - Mozambique/Portguese - Laguna Beach
18 oz. Rib Eye with "Peri-Peri" sauce.
Mako - French/Japanese - Beverly Hills
O.K., not a steakhouse and they've only got 1 option on the menu but the chef has got loads of talent and for something different if your getting tired of the same-o same-o:
Black Angus Prime Filet Mignon ... Cognac Garlic Sauce.
Black Sheep Bistro - French/Spanish Mediterranean - Tustin
Big menu but only 2 steaks:
New York Steak Galician - A smooth Brown Sauce made with Cabrales blue cheese (Spain's finest).
New York Steak Tuscano - With arugula, olive oil, Balsamic vinegar & sheep's milk Romano.
Stevie's Creole Cafe - Creole/Cajun/Southern - Encino
Two steaks, 1 Filet with garlic and cajun spices and I'll guess you could probably get them to blacken it for you. Have you had a Blacken Steak in the last couple of years?
Get thee to Pane e Vino!!! They specialize in grilled meats, and you will be shocked at how good they are, and as a prior post mentioned....ohmigod, the reasonable prices! (as compared to Mastro's and other steak places).
And start with the stuffed artichoke...the one here is the best I've ever had in my life, trust me on this. It's outrageous...stuffed with cubes of cheese, fresh cut tomatoe and basil (none of that heavy, bread crumby stuff)...and not boring old plain either...when I go with people and they see me order the artichoke, followed by the grilled veal chop, they clearly see I know what I'm doin'....and their pastas are great too. But, defenatley excellent meats, excellent prices.
West atop the Hotel Angeleno (nice views!) does steak, but I haven't tried it yet. I believe it comes with three sauces and some caramelized (red) onions. (Why do people caramelize red onions when there are lovely yellow ones out there?)
If in Sherman Oaks, the filet mignon at Max is one of the best ever, and I believe it is $28. Order rare/medium rare, and I cannot imagine you will not like it. Have sent many there to try it and everyone reports back how good it is, and it is served with a bunch of Andre Guerrero's french fries as accompaniment. 13355 Ventura Blvd., 818.784.2915.
A couple of classic old joints (no a la carte) in the S.Bay area (R.B. & Torrance) are "The Bullpen" & the "San Franciscan" including cheezy entertainment.
The Hungry Cat is my neighborhood joint, and while both the burger and bacon are outstanding, there isn't any other red meat on the menu.
Anyway, thanks for all the great suggestions... while you've all helped with quite a few ideas to be checked out in the future, all it took was one look at the Del Rae's website and I knew we had this month's winner. I'll report back soon... -DOIJ
Have a great meal at Dal Rae! Be sure to order as many tableside items as possible in addition to the steak, i.e., cesar salad, cherries jubilee, etc. for the full effect
Try to hit Steak & Stein in Pico Rivera too, it has been there since 1946 (about 12 years older than Dal Rae) and lots of retro fun too.
Not obvious choice: I've really enjoyed my gaucho steak (similiar to a ribeye) at Border Grill. It can be a little too spicy so I've asked for the spice to be on the side once and it worked out perfectly.
Obvious choice: Lincoln Steakhouse in Santa Monica. I thought my Cowboy (ribeye) was well-prepared there and I liked their house dipping sauce.
Other obvious choice: Union Cattle Company in Pasadena- again, another place with interesting house dipping sauces.
My all time favorite steak restaurant is in Vegas: Delmonico Steak House at the Venetian (owned by Emeril Legasse). If that's too far, I would recommend 555 East in Long Beach. I went there recently after going to the Aquarium. It was very nice, great service, the standard wooden booth steak restaurant decor. I had the rib eye, and even though it doesn't come on the bone, it was still full of flavor, tender and juicy, and cooked to perfection... I ordered medium rare and that's exactly what I got. Here's their website: http://www.555east.com/
I'd also second Jar Restaurant. Another place to consider might be Carlito's Gardel on Melrose. Also have you tried Brazilian BBQ? I love picanha (top sirlion cap steak), and you can try Picanha in Burbank. http://www.picanharestaurant.com/inde...
There's also Fogo De Chao in Beverly Hills (but I haven't been there yet). http://www.fogodechao.com/
I would like to add the Sizzling Ribeye Steak at Zen Grill on Olympic. Can be fatty, it is fatty, it's a ribeye! and as it comes on a sizzling platter it will continue to cook, so do not order medium. It is the only steak on the menu. It is loaded with crisped garlic and served with crunchy, sauteed green beans. Yum. This is not a steak house or a carnivore's palace, but this dish is terrific. Menu describes it as: served on a bed of garlic shoyou jus & green bean.
if you want to splurge, i would highly recommend the steaks at capo in santa monica. delicious!!
I second Dakota in the Hollywood Roosevelt - surprisingly good, and although they're back to 'just steak' it's done perfectly, with an array of sauces. Try the onion rings, too.