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Orange County: your list of current top steak houses?

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What is your list of currently tops?

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  1. 1. Mastro's Steakhouse in Costa Mesa

    http://elmomonster.blogspot.com/2006/...

    2. Ruth's Chris in Irvine

    3. Lonestar Steakhouse in Tustin

    http://elmomonster.blogspot.com/2003/...

    4. Trabuco Oaks Steakhouse in Trabuco Canyon

    http://elmomonster.blogspot.com/2004/...

    5. Houston's (not a steakhouse but good steak) in Irvine.

    http://elmomonster.blogspot.com/2005/...

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    1. re: elmomonster

      I respect elmo's judgment and opinions a lot here on the board, but I must admit to scratching my head on Lonestar...#3???? I find it a decent value-priced steak, but putting it ahead of places like Morton's or Flemming's for "best steak" seems out of place.

      FYI, mine is:
      1. Mastro's
      2. Trabuco Oaks
      3. Flemming's
      4. Morton's
      5. Ruth's Chris

      I have always enjoyed Houston's as well as the best of the "high-mid" chains. I think they are a level above the local CLaim Jumper and Wood Ranch chains for steaks as well as the more national Lonestar and Outback chains.

      1. re: RSMBob

        Out of the two you mention, I've tried only Morton's and I had a bad experience there. IMO, they get a zero out of three on service, food, and price. I didn't mention it on my list of five because I didn't want to resort to Morton's bashing again (I felt I did that enough in the past on this past post below and others).

        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/61482...

        Now Flemming's. Where is that?! I'm curious.

        http://elmomonster.blogspot.com

        1. re: elmomonster

          There's a Fleming's in Fashion Island next to Blue Coral. In addition to their steaks, they have a great list of wines by the glass.

      2. The Orange County Mining Company could serve Cheerios and I'd still go for the view.

        1. Bungalow-Corona del Mar
          Morton's-Costa Mesa
          Patty's Place-Seal Beach

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          1. re: Philly

            There's a brand spankin' new Morton's at the Anaheim Convention Centre, right on Harbor Blvd. Just sayin'.

            1. re: Philly

              Forgot about Bungalow - one of my fave Happy Hours with a mean steak to boot!!

              #yummy

            2. No one has mentioned Flemming's? I've heard they are really really good.

              1. Mastro's..just went SAturday night. The steak, again...outstanding! Mambo spicy salad had a great kick!
                We wouldn't order the gorgonzola mac n cheese but the fried tomatoes were wonderful. My husband had the fish and said it was the most tender and delicious he had had.