Orange County: your list of current top steak houses?
What is your list of currently tops?
1. Mastro's Steakhouse in Costa Mesa
2. Ruth's Chris in Irvine
3. Lonestar Steakhouse in Tustin
4. Trabuco Oaks Steakhouse in Trabuco Canyon
5. Houston's (not a steakhouse but good steak) in Irvine.
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:
2. Trabuco Oaks
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.
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).
Now Flemming's. Where is that?! I'm curious.
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.