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OK steak better than Sizzler, cheaper than Cut, Maestro

miffy May 24, 2007 09:32 PM

Steakhouse with the above elements and a good choices for entree salad in WLA/Santa Monica/Culver City/Westwood etc

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    miffy May 27, 2007 10:02 PM

    I MUST thank everyone for chipping in information! From my heart I thank you all - you are so kind and that is why I love this community

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      mlgb May 26, 2007 02:07 PM

      What about a churascarria (sp). I don't know where one is on the westside, but the one in Long Beach runs something like $25-$30. It's not tenderloin, but nice flavor from the spit grilling and a salad bar.

      1. Ndelible May 26, 2007 09:40 AM

        Skip all those joints and make it to Fogo de Chao on the week day for lunch, all you can eat meat, sides & salad bar, desserts extra. Best deal in town. You get beef, pork, chicken & lamb. Who can beat that?

        And did I say it was terrific?

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        1. re: Ndelible
          AdamFoodie May 26, 2007 10:52 AM

          carlitos gardel

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          Sam D May 26, 2007 03:25 AM

          You might give the Arsenal a try. It's at 12012 W. Pico Blvd., which is right in your targeted area. I've had some very decent steaks there and the prices are reasonable.

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          1. re: Sam D
            miffy May 27, 2007 10:00 PM

            but nothing for salad people..

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            paprkutr May 25, 2007 10:29 PM

            I haven't been there in a long time but if you want something a little funky try Damons in Glendale. Tikki, torches, etc.

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              Fru May 25, 2007 11:23 PM

              I was there around Christmas time after a 25 year hiatus. Wasn't as good as I remembered and a heck of a lot more expensive. Even though it is a chain, I do like Houstons. Also, since we're inching further north/east, try Club Delacy in Pasadena. They make a good stiff drink as well.

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                cjla May 26, 2007 09:56 AM

                I was in Club Delacey a couple of weeks ago. I think they're undergoing another management or ownership change. Of course the restaurant is still clubby and inviting, but the service was sorely lacking.

                As they're on of the only places to get tableside Caesar salads, I hope they pull out of the slide!

              2. re: paprkutr
                Wes May 25, 2007 11:24 PM

                I strongly second the suggestion of Damons.

                The Tenderloin is great. Under $25 including salad and twice baked potato. Full Tiki Bar, in fact the entire restaurant is Tiki. Excellent service.

                317 N Brand Blvd
                Glendale, CA 91203
                (818) 507-1510

                Plenty of Metered parking in the rear.

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                  miffy May 27, 2007 10:00 PM

                  Have to give Damons a try- a lot of people mentioned it

              3. ipsedixit May 25, 2007 09:31 PM

                Shula 347 (near LAX)

                1. bigmidget May 25, 2007 08:48 PM

                  I'll second Taylor's... but if your looking for the best-beef-for-the-buck, it's hard to beat -gulp- Outback.
                  Decent Filet... under $25 with sides.

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                  1. re: bigmidget
                    miffy May 25, 2007 09:06 PM

                    Only Outback was in WLA!!!!! Westside has no: Applebees, Outback, what's that Clam place people talk about, and no Red Lobster either.

                    1. re: miffy
                      bigmidget May 25, 2007 09:18 PM

                      Sorry... stuck in Suburbia. But your not missing anything in Applebees, Claim Jumper (I think that's what you were referring to), or Red Lobster.

                      1. re: miffy
                        DiveFan May 25, 2007 09:36 PM

                        Gawd, please don't mention the above chain restaurants on this board if you want to maintain any Chow cred :-). In my book, they are for emergency use only.
                        However, the local small chain called Norm's serves a decent steak for the price. To avoid the Wrath of the Mods I'm not posting the website. Nearest locs are LA/La Cienega and Santa Monica.

                        1. re: DiveFan
                          katkoupai May 25, 2007 09:39 PM

                          What is Chow cred?

                          Norm's is basically like Denny's.

                          1. re: katkoupai
                            ipsedixit May 25, 2007 09:49 PM

                            The 21st Century version of the Diners Club credit card ...


                            1. re: ipsedixit
                              katkoupai May 25, 2007 09:54 PM

                              In that case, I'll be using my Chow cred to go to Outback. :-)

                              Now, I'm getting really lame. Sorry, I've been online too long.

                          2. re: DiveFan
                            DiveFan May 25, 2007 09:57 PM

                            Peace, I'm not a big steak eater. She specifically wanted an 'OK' steak which implies some value which the big chains can't deliver on. IMO Norm's IS better than Dennys but not really a destination.
                            Also, definitely not my choice for 'entree salad'.

                            1. re: DiveFan
                              katkoupai May 25, 2007 09:58 PM

                              I know. I'm sorry. I've been to Norm's before for breakfast, and it was fine to me. I'm not a big steak eater either, but after reading all this about steak, I want one now. :-)

                              1. re: DiveFan
                                miffy May 27, 2007 09:55 PM

                                Never tries steak at Denny's.. so cannot comment - but salad selection is better at Norms ;)

                              2. re: DiveFan
                                bigmidget May 25, 2007 10:00 PM

                                Chill Fan... Miffy introduced the chains.

                                And don't recommend Norm's...Baaaaaad.

                                1. re: bigmidget
                                  mlgb May 26, 2007 12:14 AM

                                  Dis Claim Jumper and recommend Norms? Now I've seen everything.

                                  Damon's is good.

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                                    Local May 26, 2007 08:32 AM

                                    I don't eat meat, so there likely goes some of my Chow Cred(ibility) already, ... but I can weigh in on sides and salads.

                                    Damon's hands down wins for the above mentioned, ...others are all in a different class. CJ's are overworked and not especially good for all their production effort (think TGIF's) and Norms/Denny's? simply place holders on a plate.

                                    1. re: Local
                                      mc michael May 26, 2007 08:35 AM

                                      So if you don't eat meat and the sides suck, what do you eat at these places? Doesn't sound like a win for you. It just seems that at the lower end it's about the meat, not the sides.

                                      1. re: mc michael
                                        Local May 26, 2007 08:51 AM

                                        no contest...the low-end appears to be about the quality (?) of the meat...(oh, I do eat seafood, so usually not an issue, tho' you would not find me ordering the halibut steak at Claim Jumper or Denny's) ;-)

                                        that being said, some of my riding buddies like the Ramp out off the I-5 in the Valley for a steak, but admitedly dunno (and i think they focus a bit more on the drinks).


                                  2. re: bigmidget
                                    miffy May 27, 2007 09:56 PM

                                    yep- I admit - I mentioned the chains- which are too far and always looked good on ads-

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                                      katkoupai May 27, 2007 10:00 PM

                                      Is there a part of LA without chains? How could they be too far? Just curious...

                                      1. re: katkoupai
                                        miffy May 27, 2007 10:05 PM

                                        oh- I meant the ones I mentioned above like Red Lobster, Claim Jumper, and that Australian place- I don't get out of Santa Monica very often for meals I suppose...

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                                          katkoupai May 27, 2007 10:07 PM

                                          Ok. :-)

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                              Cinnamon May 25, 2007 08:45 PM

                              The Galley on Main St. in Santa Monica. (Not sure about entree salad)

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                                mc michael May 26, 2007 07:18 AM

                                I have not been to the Galley in a long time. They used to have good steak, green beans right out of a can and I think a potato side for a fair price. But Ocean Park/Santa Monica has changed so maybe they have as well. They also served a very large bucket of steamed clams if you wanted to go for shell fish.

                                1. re: mc michael
                                  Debbie W May 26, 2007 09:15 AM

                                  The Galley is fun. Bucket of steamed clams and then fried shrimp for the main course - the shrimp are very large and not very breaded, rather delightful. Had a steak there once and it was ok (talking about within the last year or two).

                                  1. re: Debbie W
                                    Cinnamon May 27, 2007 12:01 PM

                                    Every time I've been there the steak has been fabulous - esp. the filet mignon. Great creamed spinach and the perfect really cold iceberg wedge salad smothered in bleu cheese.

                              2. Dyspepsia May 25, 2007 06:43 PM

                                What I like to do sometimes is order the steak sandwich at Petrelli's ($14.95) and a salad with bleu cheese dressing -fyi -they make a mean martini too with really good olives. The steak sandwich portion is generous and no one can dispute the fine quality of their beef. Some of the sides should be avoided imo, like the soup and vegetable sides. Also, the bar area has great atmosphere but the main dining room is kind of generic.


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                                  ns1 May 25, 2007 07:25 PM

                                  you guys might think i'm full of it but hey...

                                  Sunday morning, steak n eggs @the Cheesecake factory.

                                  14-18 bucks, I don't remember, but it's better than most steakhouses (or at least the one I had was)

                                  1. re: ns1
                                    katkoupai May 25, 2007 07:29 PM

                                    That's great. A friend and I were recently talking about how the Cheesecake Factory has decent food. I've never had a bad meal there. Steak and eggs for breakfast-- I didn't even know hey served breakfast! I'll keep this in mind.

                                    Where have you had steaks?

                                    1. re: katkoupai
                                      ns1 May 25, 2007 07:32 PM

                                      nothing uber significant as I haven't dropped 50+ on a steak yet, but I know what qualities a good steak should have.

                                      It's only for Sunday brunch.

                                      1. re: ns1
                                        katkoupai May 25, 2007 07:34 PM

                                        Here's the thing: I wouldn't want to drop $50 on a steak. :)

                                        Thanks for mentioning this. I also didn't know they did brunch. :)

                                    2. re: ns1
                                      miffy May 25, 2007 08:33 PM

                                      I did not know Cheesecake served breakfast- that is good to know :)

                                    3. re: Dyspepsia
                                      miffy May 25, 2007 08:31 PM

                                      I have passed by there few times and was wondering if their steak was any good- but now I have got to go- few other people mentioned it

                                    4. ellaystingray May 25, 2007 03:22 PM

                                      Boa in Santa Monica
                                      Houston's in Santa Monica
                                      James Beach in Venice

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                                        JBC May 25, 2007 05:33 AM

                                        To keep it simple - just the "Filet Mignon":

                                        Mako - Beverly Hills
                                        Filet Mignon (#oz.s ?) $23 + Baby Romaine... $6 = $29. (Some great other salad choices!)

                                        Warszawa - Santa Monica
                                        Filet Mignon (#oz.s ?) $24 + Warszawa Salad $7 = $31.

                                        Shamshiri Grill - Westwood
                                        Mesquite Broiled Filet Mignon (12 oz.) $17.95 + Shirazi Salad $5.95 (sm = $3.95) = $23.90
                                        1712 Westwood Blvd., (310) 474-1410

                                        Pacific Dinning Car - Santa Monica
                                        Filet Mignon (14 oz.) $46.95 + Caesar Salad $9.95 + 1 Potato & 1 Veggie $12.90 = $69.80
                                        Split everything (which they DON'T charge for!) between 2 people = $34.90 p/p.

                                        Billingsley's (*) - West L.A.
                                        Filet Mignon 10 oz. - $23.95 + Double House Salad $5.50 = $29.45.
                                        11326 Pico Blvd., (310) 477-1426

                                        Golden Bull (*) - Santa Monica Canyon
                                        Filet Mignon 10 oz. salad included - $23.95
                                        Chateaubriand for 2 - Sunday Night Special w/ salad - $35 split between 2 = $17.50 p/p.
                                        Surf-n-Turf Monday Night Special - Petit Filet Mignn, Shrimp, Scallops w/ salad - $15.95.

                                        (*) Assume the salad to "very" basic (non-exciting) so maybe this spot doesn't qualify, but cheaper than Cut & Maestro and isn't just about everywhere better than Sizzler?

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                                        1. re: JBC
                                          mc michael May 25, 2007 07:00 AM

                                          From Josie's current menu:

                                          Mesquite-Grilled Prime Rib-Eye Medallion
                                          with garlic mashed potatoes, a Gorgonzola-candied garlic-watercress salad, and Pop’s peppercorn sauce

                                          1. re: JBC
                                            katkoupai May 25, 2007 03:37 PM

                                            I like Sizzler.

                                            I have yet to eat steak in too many places other than home (mom's t-bone steak-- yum) or Sizzler. I guess I worry that I'll be ripped off for a crappy piece of meat.

                                            1. re: katkoupai
                                              mc michael May 25, 2007 03:45 PM

                                              I think most reputable places can meet or beat Sizzler--by a substantial margin. Price is a different issue.

                                              1. re: mc michael
                                                katkoupai May 25, 2007 03:47 PM

                                                Right. Price is a different issue. :)

                                                Golden Bull, above, seems reasonably priced to me.

                                                1. re: mc michael
                                                  miffy May 25, 2007 08:29 PM

                                                  well I put Sizzler as the very bottom-- like you said, most will agree that their steak is not his/her favorite!

                                              2. re: JBC
                                                miffy May 25, 2007 08:28 PM

                                                WOW JBC! you are an expert in this field-- among the above listed- and thank you for such a variety!!!!!!! -- do you have your favorite?

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                                                mc michael May 24, 2007 10:31 PM

                                                Josie is a higher end possibility.

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                                                  Snoopy May 24, 2007 10:29 PM

                                                  Porterhouse Bistro in BH.

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                                                    rickym13 May 24, 2007 11:18 PM

                                                    agree on porterhouse bistro

                                                  2. monku May 24, 2007 10:27 PM

                                                    George Petrelli's Steak House

                                                    5615 Sepulveda Blvd
                                                    Culver City, CA 90230
                                                    (310) 397-1438

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                                                      Burger Boy May 24, 2007 09:36 PM

                                                      26 Beach has a great 14 oz Coulotte with sides and salad for $28, I think, and it is choice none of that select or Austrailian garbage.

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                                                      1. re: Burger Boy
                                                        miffy May 24, 2007 09:38 PM

                                                        Wow- great! Thanks guys! I was so surprised to get answers so quickly. Those three places are on the list of places I want to visit too, so that works out

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                                                        paprkutr May 24, 2007 09:35 PM

                                                        Taylors, and Pane E Vino makes a great steak too.

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                                                          Burger Boy May 24, 2007 09:37 PM

                                                          Taylor's for sure, just wrong side of town.

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