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May 28, 2007 03:41 AM

best steak house in raleigh area


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    1. Totally agree with the Angus Barn suggestion below. As far as the upper crust chains, Ruth's Chris and Sullivan's are in the area. Fine dining with great steaks: Bloomsbury Bistro, Second Empire, JK's, La Residence (Chapel Hill), Margaux, Magnolia Grill (Durham), and --- this is a total hole-in-the-wall & not fancy, but the New Oakwood Cafe is open for dinner on Friday & Saturday and their Argentine prepared steaks will knock your socks off: 300 E Edenton St, Raleigh (919) 828-5994. Other links:;;;; (and just for fun, this is an incredibly great restaurant in Durham: Cafe Parizade:

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      1. re: Tehama

        I have to disagree with the Angus Barn recommendation. We ate there a couple of weeks ago and it was pretty bad. The meat quality was mediocre and all three of us at the table were reaching for the salt shaker - it seemed as though none of the steaks had been seasoned at all. I honestly can't remember the last time I've had to salt a steak I ordered in a restaurant. I had the filet, my husband had the prime rib and my father had a T-bone and they were all bland and tasteless. I ordered their house specialty - twice baked potato - and it had the consistency and taste of caulk. Stiff, dry and again, bland. We all left disappointed, and the bill was enormous.

        1. re: Andiereid

          Unfortunately, the chains like Sullivan's and Ruth's Chris are really good. Angus Barn is nowhere as good as it used to be.

          I like Simpson's and not that many people seem to know about it as it's in a strip mall on Creedmoor Road.

        2. re: Tehama

          Tehama - I'm intrigued by your suggestion of the New Oakwood Cafe. Is that the place that also does Cuban food at night?

          1. re: cackalackie

            I have to second the Oakwood lunch the Baby Churrasco steak with Black beans and rice for $7.25 is one of the best steak values in the city. Nice sized portion...very flavorable, especially with the Chimichurri sauce. Dinner portion isn't much more expensive.

        3. I very rarely eat meat, so am a little reluctant to post on this topic, but when I do eat it here, I love Bin 54 in Chapel Hill. It is definitely expensive, but the food (including the seafood) is very good. My husband loves the steaks, and says this place compares favorably to the steak houses we've been to in DC, NYC, and Chicago.

          1. Jimmy V's at McGregor Village in Cary has great steaks; sadly they don't get too much press here. Hidden gem worth trying...

              1. re: sabarrett

                Love Sullivan's and Prime Only. The Angus Barn's generally not too bad. Don't care at all for Ruth's Chris. The last steak I had at Second Empire was so badly overcooked that I ended up sending it back...very disappointing.

                1. re: Suzy Q

                  I would be more interested in trying Prime Only if they actually served Prime Beef and not Choice

                  1. re: chazzer

                    For another old school idea, what about the Peddler on Glenwood Avenue near Casa Carbone (Oak Park Shopping Center)?

                    1. re: jsb23nc

                      Four years late, but I'll second Peddler, was there last weekend, had a special Prime rib dinner celebrating their 42nd year. Hadn't been there in ten years, hasn't changed and still just as good.