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Fave Philly area restaurant for steak (filet mignon)

lillotis Nov 6, 2007 01:53 PM

I know many of you dislike the chains, but we are huge Morton's fans when we want a consistantly good filet mignon with bernaise sauce. We had tried other places but were always let down. After a few years of being loyal Morton fans, we are ready to have filet elsewhere. Anywhere else compete? How is Fleming's in radnor, or Barclay Prime?

Center City, Main Line, delco, elsewhere????

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    Mr_Pickles RE: lillotis Nov 6, 2007 03:17 PM

    I usually go to Le Bar Lyonnais and order the filet mignon from the main dining room's menu. It costs $38 a la carte. Considering that it comes with potatoes and sauce, it's a relative bargain when compared to single cut filet mignon at any high-end steakhouse. Incidentally, if it is high quality beef that you crave, the steak tartare at Le Bar Lyonnais is one of the best I've ever had.

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      sylviag RE: Mr_Pickles Nov 7, 2007 10:20 AM

      We haven't yet been to Flemings or Barclay Prime - they are on our list - but I always enjoy the filet at Delmonico's in the Hilton (?) on City Avenue. We like the potatoes that are crunchy, kind of like a crisp potato pancake - I think they call them hash browns.
      We have a reservation at Barclay Prime for our anniversary next month. I'm getting hungry!

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      DaisyM RE: lillotis Nov 6, 2007 03:47 PM

      I've been to Barclay Prime twice (once just my husband and me, the other for a dinner party) and thought the steaks were very, very good. However, it is quite a scene with the choosing of the steak knives and service that is a bit too intrusive. On another note, my husband was asked to speak at a private dinner at Morton's recently. It ended up that not all the guests showed up and my husband came home with 6 uncooked filets. They are provided by a company named Allen Brothers and they were spectacular. You can order them on the net...expensive, but so superior to anything I've ever gotten at a butcher.

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        JCap RE: lillotis Nov 6, 2007 04:25 PM

        I've had many steak dinners at most of the usual suspects in town. I feel that the two you mention- Fleming's and Barclay Prime, are the two of the best, along with Sullivan's in KOP. I still do need to get to Le Bar Lyonnais however.
        Fleming's is a traditional steakhouse atmosphere, tastefully updated.
        Barclay Prime is definitely a different experience, as Daisy M mentions. One that I enjoy, but there is a lot of pomp and circumstance, in a very mod setting.

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          idia RE: lillotis Nov 6, 2007 08:14 PM

          Fleming's in Radnor is absolutely a winner! (and I prrofess to hate chains!)

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            hhshames RE: lillotis Nov 7, 2007 06:42 PM

            If you are willing to travel to Manyunk go to Kansas City Prime. It is quite delectable. Not a bargain, but good steak isn't cheap.

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              lillotis RE: hhshames Nov 8, 2007 04:50 AM

              Is Kansas City Prime back in business. It was out very favorite restaurant to go to years ago (going back over 5 years now)- we loved the specials they would run- $60 per person for 3 course meal, etc... and the steak was superb. I thought they had closed down a few years back???

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                Major504 RE: lillotis Nov 8, 2007 07:48 AM

                KC Prime is long gone. Has been for years, the owner ran that place into the dirt. Shame though....great steak.

                If you want to stray from the chains, try Creed's in King of Prussia. IMO..the only standout fine-dining in the area. Great steaks and seafood, not too stuffy.

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                  Derek Davis RE: Major504 Jan 14, 2008 10:32 AM

                  sorry, you were mis-informed. the restaurant was not ran into the dirt, it was sold for 10 times earnings!

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                    GBak504 RE: Derek Davis Jan 14, 2008 11:26 AM

                    Ha! you tell 'em DD.

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              lillotis RE: lillotis Nov 12, 2007 05:53 AM

              So, we ended up going to Fleming's and it was unbelievable- no more Morton's for us! A big bonus is the extensive wine list and ability to design your own flight. You can pick any 3 wines (or have very educated server help you) for a flight- they charge you 1/3 the price of each glass. I did a flight that included a champagne, a merlot and a red zinfandel. The filets were so amazing, as was the caesar salad. We will be returning.

              Also, the service was amazing!!!

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                JCap RE: lillotis Nov 12, 2007 02:03 PM

                thanks for getting back lillotis- i hope big otis enjoyed it also.

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                  hhshames RE: lillotis Nov 12, 2007 06:25 PM

                  I'm so disappointed here that Kansas City Prime is no longer in business. After moving to TX my visits to my mom's haven't really included trips to the steakhouses. It is very sad to hear, since it was top notch. More disturbing is hearing the owner ran it in to the ground. What a waste. So, is Jake's still there? that place had a mean lobster mash potato and divine desserts.

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                    Major504 RE: hhshames Nov 12, 2007 06:29 PM

                    Jake's is still around, and is as good as ever. One of the best places I've ever been with regards to service. As for KCPrime...the owner opened another place in the 'Yunk a while back called Derek's....haven't heard anything about it.

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                      idia RE: Major504 Nov 13, 2007 05:48 AM

                      Don't be too disappointed about the demise of Kansas City Prime.
                      Fleming's steaks are a cut above (excuse the pun) and the service is infinitely more professional.
                      As for Jakes, it remains top notch. They are just as consistent as ever.

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                        mddletown RE: idia Jan 14, 2008 11:47 AM

                        The best steaks in Philly are at the Capital Grill. My favorite is the Porcini Rubbed Ribeye. I do Fleming's a lot for business dinners since my office is right here. They have a great bone in filet...you don't see bone in filets too often.

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