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Jul 20, 2007 06:28 PM

Best $25 Steak dinner?

Heck, anybody can grill up a great $40.00 steak. But what about a $25.00 steak dinner? And because there are a lot of very witty people on the board, I should clarify:
1. No "tube steak" dinners (though Lord knows I love Carneys)
2. No "chopped steak"dinners.
3. No Halibut steak dinners.

I'm talking old fashioned beef steak though any cut of same is acceptable including prime rib. Is it Damons, or Gaucho, Norms? Is there somewhere I've really been missing out on? Mexican is Ok, but please unless its a "steak", no Korean or other ethnic food where the steak is cut up.

I've got no beef with expensive restaurants, but unless its on an expense account, I say bull to spending that kind of money when I don't feel like dressing up but feel like a steak and don't feel like cooking.

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  1. Taylor's Steakhouse on W. 8 Street near Normandie. Maybe 28 or 30 with tax and tip and includes soup or salad and veg and potato. Fantastic! Love it.

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    1. re: joebizz

      I agree with Taylor's. Really good and for the price cant be beat.

      1. re: joebizz

        There are lots of good recommendations here, but with Taylor's, not only do you get a good steak at a great price, but you get the great old-school steakhouse with it. It has the burgundy leatherette booths, wood-paneled walls, waiters in bow ties, all the appropriate steakhouse sides, and a fantastic bar with great drinks at a great price - nothing is stuffy, very laid-back and retro-cool. The bar at Taylor's is a gem, with a hidden little second bar on the landing between the first and second floors open on busier nights, a good place to stop in for a five-dollar cocktail before or after Guelaguetza or Soot Bull Jeep.

        1. re: joebizz

          We took Cynaburst's Mom to Taylor's for her birthday this past Sunday, and we were all pretty delighted with the results. This is not the greatest steak in the world but I was quite satisfied with my tasty and reasonably tender Delmonico, and my mother-in-law was equally pleased with the prime rib. Cynaburst and PayOrPlay Jr. opted for prawns: the cold ones were OK, the grilled ones were very good. As promised by many, the Molly salad is quite addictive, a reminder that iceberg lettuce can indeed be fun to eat if smothered in enough blue cheese and onions.

          The bar is just what you want from an old-school place--they make a mean Manhattan (er, make that two Manhattans) and at the other end of the spectrum PoPJr's Shirley Temple was one of the better (and bigger) ones we've seen around.

          Friendly staff, well versed in dealing with both "demanding" elders and "active" young 'uns. I haven't noticed any other Taylor's post mentioning kids, and it doesn't at first blush seem like a paradigmatical family dinner place, but in fact PoPJr was quite taken with the old-fashioned decor, the charmingly bad art on the walls, the elaborate bar area, etc. And needless to say Cynaburst's Mom appreciated both the old-school approach and the compliant bar, as I hoped when I picked the place.

          With about 8 drinks (half of them with alcohol), a couple of appetizers, and 3 desserts, plus tax and tip, our final tab for 3 adults and one 5 year old came to a bit more than $200, not exactly in the $25pp ballpark but it still felt like an excellent value; and I was at least as happy when I rolled out of Taylor's as I was when 5+1/2 of us went to Cut a few months ago and (even without ordering any "kobe" beef) dropped close to a grand. Thanks to the 'Hounds for getting this place on my radar after so many years.

          Taylor's Steakhouse
          3361 West 8th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90005

          1. re: joebizz

            Taylor's no longer includes soup or salad in the dinner price. They also have a second location in La Canada.

            1. re: Sam D.

              Taylor's has/had a special on Wednesdays that includes an 8 ounce rib eye with potato and vegetable, all for $19.95. Don't know if it's gone up or gone away.

          2. Damon's in Glendale!!!! It's an institution. And thier maitai's are killer!

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                1. re: Wes

                  definately agree the tenderloin is great

              1. Mercado Buenos Aires, Saticoy & Sepulveda.
                No alcohol, no BYOB, great steaks.
                You'll get some change after you fork over your 25 bucks.

                1. I hate to admit it, but I had a good prime rib at Black Angus Steakhouse in Northridge. They have a 4-course dinner for two on their regular menu: an appetizer of your choice to share, you each get a salad or soup, you each pick your own entree (which includes prime rib, filet mignon, NY steak, top sirloin...) and you each pick a potato dish. Vegetables are also included, and then you choose a dessert to share.

                  We chose the garlic cheese bread for our appetizer, which was great. My prime rib was seasoned well, and I took 1/2 of it home. The vegetables included baby squash and sweet peas that were perfectly cooked. My sister ordered the sirloin steak, which I wouldn't have ordered. She liked it, but sirloin is generally too tough for my tastes--I like filets. But I took a bite of hers and though the seasoning was very good.

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                  1. re: brandygirl

                    Then you got lucky. I had to eat there 2 weeks ago, someone picked it as their birthday present. The steaks we had were flavorless. If I had been blindfolded, I don't think I could have told it was beef. The vegetables I had were steamed frozen ones - broccoli, cauliflower and gree beans, and my baked potato had either been cooked earlier in the day or the day before then microwaved.

                  2. Does Porterhouse Bistro count?

                    And what about Edwards Steakhouse?

                    Porterhouse Bistro
                    8635 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211

                    Edward's Steak House
                    9600 Flair Dr, El Monte, CA 91731

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                    1. re: ipsedixit

                      Porterhouse steak DINNER below $25?

                      Ipse, the poison has taken a toll on you...


                        1. re: RicRios

                          I second Porterhouse Bistro..(I haven't been since they reopened after their kitchen fire...I assume it's as good as it was?)....the prix fixe menu is a fab deal, especially considering you get two glasses of a fairly decent wine with it may not look like it's a steak dinner for under $25....and if you're celebrating a birthday they give you a "cake" made out of cotten candy!