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OK steak better than Sizzler, cheaper than Cut, Maestro

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

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

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    1. re: paprkutr

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

    2. 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

        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

      2. George Petrelli's Steak House

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

          1. Josie is a higher end possibility.

            1. 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

                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

                  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

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

                    1. re: mc michael

                      Right. Price is a different issue. :)

                      Golden Bull, above, seems reasonably priced to me.

                      1. re: mc michael

                        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

                      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?

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

                      1. 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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                        1. re: Dyspepsia

                          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

                            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

                              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

                                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

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

                            3. re: Dyspepsia

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

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                              1. re: Cinnamon

                                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

                                  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

                                    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. 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

                                  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

                                    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

                                      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

                                        What is Chow cred?

                                        Norm's is basically like Denny's.

                                        1. re: katkoupai

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


                                          1. re: ipsedixit

                                            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

                                          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

                                            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

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

                                            2. re: DiveFan

                                              Chill Fan... Miffy introduced the chains.

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

                                              1. re: bigmidget

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

                                                Damon's is good.

                                                1. re: mlgb

                                                  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

                                                    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

                                                      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

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

                                                  1. re: miffy

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

                                                    1. re: katkoupai

                                                      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...

                                            1. 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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                                              1. re: paprkutr

                                                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.

                                                1. re: Fru

                                                  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

                                                  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.

                                                  1. re: Wes

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

                                                3. 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

                                                    but nothing for salad people..

                                                  2. 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. 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.

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