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Which steakhouse gets it "right" regarding how the beef is cooked?

You know, when you ask for "medium rare" and you either get a lump of charred coal or a bloody mess masquerading as steak tartare.

But some steakhouses (or chophouses) are better than others in my experience, while others are as clueless as they come.

The good:
JAR
CUT
ARROYO CHOPHOUSE

The wildly inconsistent:
BOA
DAKOTA
PACIFIC DINING CAR

What about you?

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  1. Ruth's Chris has always cooked my steaks perfectly to order. Nick and Stef's not so much.

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    1. re: writergirl

      Had dinner at the Ruth's Chris in Beverly Hills recently for the first time, and my steak was cooked perfectly medium rare. It was an NY Strip, and I couldn't have asked for better.

      1. re: writergirl

        i was at ruth's chris for medium rare once and they did mine real wrong. the top half of the steak was medium rare but the bottom half was medium well.

      2. I find Mastro's to be spot on. Ruth's Chris is also inconsistent. Most of my experiences at PDC have been good as well.

        1. While the sides and desserts are only so-so, the steaks are always perfect at Morton's on La Cienega in Beverly Hills.

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            1. I can honestly say that I have never had a good steak at Ruth's Chris. They are always tasteless, rarely cooked to order, and that stupid molton hot plate the meat comes on continues to cook that meat through. I agree that Boa is very inconsistent. Arnie Morton's is great.

            2. Cut certainly does it right, but I don't get any of the rest:

              1) the hiper hyped vibe,
              2) the celebrity + voyeur + call girl density per square inch,
              3) the $12 for a side of fries,
              4) the attitude of everybody in the damned room & adjacent bar,
              5) the $2 for a chimichurry
              6) Wolfgang's clownish run arounds

              (Please excuse my somewhat out of place rant)