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Best Steakhouse in Downtown LA?

What's the best steakhouse in Downtown, in your opinion?
This is for a mid-week guys' night out (we're going to Seven Grand later on).

Focusing mostly on food quality over drinks/ambiance. We'll be bringing our own wine.

I hear mixed things about Taylor's.
Reviews on Nick & Stefs are overwhelmingly - and distressingly - mediocre.
The Palm is okay, but I think we can do better.
So far the frontrunner is Pacific Dining Car, but I'm not entirely convinced their hideously expensive prices are worth it.

How is the Morton's downtown? I went to the one in Palm Desert but was sorely disappointed with badly cooked, lukewarm steak and miserable sides.

Note: I would much rather hit up Mastro's or Cut, but those are rather out of the way.

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  1. my choice would be in this order:

    morton's
    nick & steph

    1. My choice would be the opposite:

      Nick & Stefs - which I think gets a bum rap and I'm not sure why.
      Morton's and Pacific Dining Car tied - although I tend to prefer non-chain places, so Pacific Dining Car wins over Morton's for that reason.

      1. I don't know why people think so highly of Pacific Dining Car, it's all hype. You get the same badly cooked, lukewarm steak and miserable sides that you got at the Morton's in Palm Desert. The only positive i can think of is that it's open all the time.

        I'd go with Nick and Stef's if you want to be in downtown or Taylor's.

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        1. re: holybull

          I don't get the Taylor's thing. It's fun, in a good but not great, relatively cheap, old-fashioned, not fancy chop house kind of way, but the food is merely okay for the price, at best. The steaks are about equal to those at Musso & Frank, but not anywhere close to the level of any of the better steakhouses around town.

          1. re: holybull

            Couldn't agree with you more about PDC. Overpriced, overrated--I'm over it.

          2. I had an amazing dinner at Arnie Morton's downtown - it's far better than The Palm; I haven't been to Pacific Dining Car. The steaks were fantastic and service was among the best I have ever had. I can't remember what sides we had, so they were probably fine but nothing amazing. The souffle dessert, however, was in fact amazing. After Mastro's, this is my favorite steakhouse in LA.

            1. I like Nick & Stef's for steak, always have, esp. in downtown.

              I like Pacific Dining Car for alot of things (mostly breakfast related), but I think going there for steak is a big mistake.

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              1. re: ipsedixit

                Nick and Stef's has gone down dramatically in the last 3-4 years...I dont' get the hype...it is good not great...and at prices that require greatness

                1. re: nyfoodjoe

                  Not necessarily disagreeing with you joe, but given the parameters of the OP ("Best steakhouse in Downtown LA"), I think Nick & Stef's is probably the best bet.