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I Live in the SF Bay area and will be heading down to LA next weekend. I love the House of Prime Rib in SF, but some of my friends from LA say the quality of LAwry's in LA on La Cienage is better? Any Thoughts?

Also, Do they offer free slices of seconds for the prime rib (they do at house of prime rib, though the slices are thin)? Do they offer free seconds of the sides?

I'm planning on making reservations based upon your responses. Any input would be helpful. Thanks in Advance.

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  1. Never been to House of Prime Rib, but I can tell you that Lawry's does not offer free seconds of anything.

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      I've never been to the House of Prime Rib either, but you should definitely try Lawry's, then YOU can report back to us!! : )
      P.S. You should look up old threads on this subject - tons of threads, I'm sure.

      1. re: ipsedixit

        Ah, but Lawry's does have free stuff, but you have to know what to ask for. I'm sure that I'm killing the golden goose, but I've got to share with the Hounds. Ask your server for "crispies" which are the trimmings of the PR roasts (like a 1/8 inch end cut). They are delicious and reheat quite well.

      2. Your friends right about Lawrys being better than House of Prime Rib. Cream of corn is a lot better...Lawry's don't have "free" of anything except for the bread and water. It's good choice if you like prime rib and from out of town.

        1. I love Lawry's prime rib, and think the quality is among the best prime rib offerings in LA. I have never been to the House of Prime Rib in S.F., so can't offer a comparison.

          I do not believe that Lawry's offers seconds of *anything* for free . . . but they do have several different portion sizes you can order from, and the sides are generous. To put it this way, I've never left Lawry's anything less than *stuffed* on an average-sized portion.

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          1. re: DanaB

            Do not buy the double cut. It's not worth it.

          2. I still go to Lawry's so that I can order creamed spinach with a side of prime rib.

            1. You can get free seconds on the Yorkshire pudding, but that's about it. Definitely worth the trip, though. We usually get the big cut -- either the Diamond Jim Brady or the Double cut, depending on how hungry we are -- and then split it. Lawry's will only charge you for the extra salad, and they will give you the extra plate so you split the meat. It's more than enough for 2.

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              1. re: bboy

                I love the Lawry Cut -- the Diamond Jim seems to be too fatty.

                  1. re: wizardx

                    Ahhh, the end cut - never settle for anything less...

                1. re: bboy

                  Yep, they do give you all the Yorkshire pudding you want. They've even (more than once) boxed me up a fresh one to take home for my kid who loves them.

                  I think the seasoned salt/pepper on the table is free also. At least they have urged us to take them home.

                2. been to both. love them both =) lawry's is MORE expensive... nothing is free. split charge... besides the fact that it's in la.. it's on la cienega and that's restaurant row... the creamed spinach is one of the best i've had.. i like lawry's and hy's (oahu)...

                  have fun!!!!! =)

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                  1. re: kinipela

                    do you not think that Lawry's is waaaaaaaaaay overpriced??? I ate there once and that was enough for me.

                  2. Never been to House of Prime Rib, but I can recommend Lawry's. The portions are very generous, starting for a very good size salad. Side dishes are also big portions. If you like prime rib, you will like Lawry's. Other thing that we have always experienced at Lawry's is excellent service. Enjoy!

                    1. This is sort of unrelated, but to the folks who posted about Lawry's - is the prime rib at the other Lawry's-owned restaurants (like Tam O'Shanter and Five Crowns) as good as Lawry's or do you have to go to the original for the best?

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                      1. re: monkuboy

                        I go to the Tam and Five Crowns besides Lawry's, and, IMO, they taste just as good, but you don't get the cart or as good a choice of cuts.

                        1. re: aurora50

                          i think the prime rib is just as good at the TAM O SHANTER and FIVE CROWNS. the creamed spinach can be a little salty for me at times and the creamed corn rocks. unfortunately, the TAM is no longer serving guinness, just boddington's.

                          i've eaten several times at HOPR on van ness. the meat at LAWRY'S, the TAM, and 5 CROWNS is much better, but it's not all you can eat.

                          1. re: revets2

                            I'm guessing the difference is in the seasoning, don't you think? (Why Lawry's is better than HOPR)

                            1. re: aurora50

                              i'm not sure if it's the seasoning, the aging, or the quality of the beef. but i do like the PR better at LAWRY'S

                            2. re: revets2

                              Thanks for the opinions about Tam O'Shanter/Five Crowns, all!

                        2. Some talk about Lawry's here also. Hope it helps!