Steak in Calgary
My husband and I are looking to go for a "beefy" dinner this Saturday. I was wondering if anyone had any different suggestions for great steak in the City? I will preface this request with some background - my favourite steak in the City is currently the ribeye at Mercato (so simply prepared with grilled lemon, sea salt, olive oil, and arugula - I could eat one for breakfast right now ...), but my husband doesn't want to go there. I am not a big fan of the old school places like Caesar's (is that even around anymore?) or that place on Macleod Trail next to Open Sesame (the name elludes me). And I've had a horrible experience at the Chophouse (not the Chicago one - the Vicker's one). It doesn't have to be a restaurant that specializes in steak/beef - even some place that has a stellar beef dish on the menu would be cool. Thanks!
Oh no - the bad experience was at the Vicker's Chophouse - the one on 8th Ave. I've been to the Vintage Chophouse several times to have a drink and listen to the live music in the lounge, but I've never eaten in the restaurant. What are your thoughts of the restaurant - both food and service?
I must admit I haven't been the the Vintage Chophouse in the last year. However, when I last went, the service was knowledgeable and attentive. The food is good but the only real stand-out was the beef.
I'll defer to yen's experience on this one, though--he's been there more recently!
In Calgary, places that i know of that serve Canada or USDA Prime Beef (all very expensive):
Chicago Chophouse (the Vickers one)
Vintage Chophouse (the non-Vickers one)
Places that charge Prime prices but serve AAA:
Places that serve AAA at Calgary standard AAA prices:
Reef and Beef
And i assume the place you can't quite remember is Smugglers, or Bolero, both of which share the building with open sesame.