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Apr 27, 2007 12:43 PM

Steakhouse in LA - Price *is* an object

I want to take my husband out for a good steakhouse birthday dinner, but I haven't the gelt for Cut or any of the $40/entree steakhouses around town. Can anyone recommend some good steakhouses that have good food, relatively reasonable prices and decent atmosphere for a birthday? Or am I just wacky on the junk? Thanks in advance.

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  1. TAYLOR's, either location, in K-town or la canada.

    or order some of the best steak in the world from LOBELs in NYC, and cook it yourself, you won't be sorry.

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    1. re: revets2

      Agree on Taylor's ( ), and on revets2's home cooking suggestion, although I would go to Harvey's Guss (949 S. Ogden, (323) 937-4622) rather than Lobel's, order two dry-aged prime New York strips, and cook them over very hot hardwood charcoal.

      1. re: David Kahn

        I third Taylor's. I guess it kind of depends on your husband's taste, but Taylor's is an old-fashioned, red booth, hunting pictures, macho kind of place. I would recommend their specialty, the Sizzling Steak. And that's how it comes - sizzling right to your table. It's fun! And the steak is good.
        If you guys have a sense of humor, go to the one in Koreatown. It's kind of fun to see an old-fashioned steakhouse right in the middle of - how shall I say this - not the best part of town.

        1. re: David Kahn

          agree. like harvey guss' too or marconda's. we did a blind tasting, same cuts, LOBELs, MARCONDAs, GUSSs, COSTCO (home dry-aged), TAYLORs (sierra madre). it was unanimous...LOBELs. i'd love to spend less, though.

          at TAYLORs, we like the culotte steak and the molly salad.

          1. re: revets2

            I feel the need for 3 martini's , a molly & a culotte!

            1. re: Burger Boy

              And if I remember correctly, you can get ANY steak on a "sizzling" platter - you just have to ask.

        1. re: ipsedixit

          My parents went to Porterhouse Bistro a few months ago and, upon ordering, were shocked to learn they were out of porterhouse steaks! Are they always that inconsistent/unreliable?

          1. re: hungrygirl106

            My impression is that Porterhouse Bistro just reopened last week after having been closed down from a fire for more than a year. Are there several locations? I only know of the one on Wilshire, and I had a good experience there (though that was a few years ago).

            1. re: ITurnedOutTV

              Not sure about other locations. They went to the one on Wilshire in BH. I could have sworn it was just a few months ago -- maybe last summer? (How can I be having a senior moment when I'm only 32?) All I know is that their story has deterred us from checking it out.

              1. re: ITurnedOutTV

                Porterhouse Bistro recently reopened. I went the first week and had a great steak. It's probably my favorite place in town to eat steak.

                There's only one location.

          2. Not a steakhouse, but has great steak--Columbo's in Eagle Rock.

            1. Damons Steakhouse in Glendale has steaks on the menu for under $25. Plus, they've got a fun old-school Polynesian theme.


              Steaks at the Galley in Santa Monica are all under $30 and the entrees come with potatoes and veggies, unlike the pricier steakhouses, where everything is a la carte.


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              1. re: DanaB

                I will second Damon's for the best steaks for the price (NY Steak with potato/veggie/soup or salad $22) in the City. But stay away from everything but the steaks - less than medicore. Except, of course, for the Mai Tais ($6).

              2. Someone recommended Taylor's to me when I had a similar request, and it turned out to be pretty good. We went to the one in Koreatown. Since then, we've also been to Nick & Stef's downtown. It was really good and I liked the location/ambience a bit better than Taylor's. Nick & Stef's isn't cheap, but I think you'll be able to handle it; the only quality cheap steak you can get is probably one you'll have to make yourself. Hope this helps, and happy Birthday to the LAmonkeyGUY! :)