Houston Steak and Ribs - ever been?
What's the buzz on this place? I recall Joanne Kates absolutely decimating it with her review when it first opened but any change since then? I know it's a chain and corporate restaurants scare me - any place that refers to the food as 'product' is usually not on my list but it's near my office and my husband is a big meat eater. If he doesn't order steak then ribs will do. We need a place for an early dinner during the TD Canada Trust Jazz Festival. We have tickets for an event in Nathan Phillips square which is 'festival' seating so we want to be finished dinner early and be in the line-up no later than 7:00 to ensure a good seat.
Consequently, even though I work next door to Colborne Lane, we won't be rushing through that experience nor do we want to hurry through a meal at Jamie Kennedy's, which is just around the corner. We'll save those for another occasion.
I was looking for something closer to City Hall, but we've been to Baton Rouge (blech!!) and City Grill doesn't excite me. Nothing else in the Eaton's Centre would get me through their doors. I was leaning towards Jump or Far Niente but I've been to both and I don't relish being underground on a summer's evening at Far Niente.
I've not been to Houston, but the word on the street definitely isn't good.
But there are quite a few other well-known steak places in the immediate area of Nathan Phillips Square. Maybe the carnivores on this board could give more specific recs on the steak places.
Hy's Steakhouse is near Adelaide and York St.
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse is at 145 Richmond W., directly south of the square, beneath the hotel (Hilton?)
Beer Bistro on King just east of Yonge, near Victoria, is not a "steakhouse" per se but they do usually have a few meaty specials, including ribs, steak frites, and even suckling pig on certain days. This place is a personal favourite.
The Purple Pig on Richmond just west of Yonge has ribs (I like them okay, but I don't want start the "rib debate" again here) but the place is very, very casual and in my experience the service and sides can vary in quality -- a lot.
And last and possibly least, there's a Keg on Church just south of Front St.
Hy's may be a little pricey for this occasion, likewise Ruth's Chris, but it's worth a thought given that it's so nearby. Thanks for the suggestion.
Been to Beer Bistro - not that impressed, except by the beer list, likewise the Purple Pig - not the best ribs either, despite what they say.
This Jazz festival outing is a regular summer thing of ours and we've been to nearly every downtown reataurant near the city hall venue,as you can see.
I'm not big on the Church street Keg but there is the one on York Street and someone gave us a gift certificate a while back... Think I'll refer this once back to the carnivourous one and await his decision. Meanwhile, keep the suggestions rolling in.
I haven't been there in a long time. I went there when it opened and I was hoping it would be good since it's in my neighbourhood but it was not to be.
I would rank Baton Rouge as infinitely better than this place if that gives you any sense of the quality. It may have changed since I've been there but I doubt it. I believe it stays alive based on the huge bar crowd that congregates there every day at 5:00.
Beer Bistro would definitely be a much better choice.
Yoiks!!! Thanks for the warning. At 6:00 p.m. last night there were three people on the patio at Houston's but I put that down to it being a Monday night.
My husband doesn't want a return visit to Beer Bistro so soon (we were just there for his birthday). I would do Baton Rouge again but he has a thing about family restaurants and the kids flinging cole slaw last time we were there was a bit much.
What do you think of Gary's suggestion of Ruth's Chris? What about Le Bifteque?
You mind as well go to Keg rather than Ruth Chris or Le Bifteque. Keg has better steak with a fair price. How about Reds ? I had a very good tenderloin there.
Had been to Houston for a business lunch on 33 Yonge. Prime rib is ok but Creme Brulee is horrible, I can see a layer of sugar in the middle !
I think Ruth's Chris is a good choice and I have been to many of them throughout North America. Always consistent and tasty although at steakhouse prices. I don't think the Keg would be much cheaper though and I would rank it as a step down from Ruth's Chris. Don't bother with LeBifteque.
Barberian's is reasonably close to NPS, though it's as dark inside as being underground
under the circs, I'd go to York St Keg and sit outside (I assume you're walking from office to show) and order prime rib
(there must be something in the water that makes kids throw food at Baton Rouge, its' shocking there)