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johnnyshungry Mar 6, 2008 03:33 PM

My brother in- law is coming to town and we always go to K-town Taylors for steaks and he always enjoys it but I would like to try something different but along the same line for Friday or Sat.
A good steak is the key and Cut is out.
I am drawing a blank for some reason for our manly man dinner.
Thanks for the suggestions

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    JBC RE: johnnyshungry Mar 6, 2008 04:03 PM

    You didn't specifiy an area of town you'd prefer; but If you don't mind driving to Glendale, for the same general price range as Taylor's, you could try Damon's (although I haven't been there personally in several years):


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      Will Owen RE: JBC Mar 6, 2008 04:39 PM

      Had one of the nicest top sirloins of my admittedly limited career at Damon's the other night. Good onion rings and calamari, and the seafood options are worth eating too. Another old-school joint, just a block north I think, is Jax - also good steaks, the drinks are all doubles (extra in a carafe on ice), and there's really good live music. Get the Gigi salad - the small is plenty for two. Avoid the garlic mashed potatoes, a gluey mess - get the fries.

    2. Tom P RE: johnnyshungry Mar 6, 2008 04:50 PM

      Similar but not the same is Musso & Franks, on Hollywood Blvd. The best martinis and Caesar salad in town, very good grilled steaks and chops, and a terrific atmosphere.

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        Burger Boy RE: johnnyshungry Mar 6, 2008 05:32 PM

        The Dal Rae........Old School like Taylor's but bigger menu!


        Dal Rae
        9023 E. Washington Blvd., Pico Rivera, CA 90660

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          JBC RE: johnnyshungry Mar 7, 2008 05:56 AM

          ....."and Cut is out."....

          Is Cut out because it's too new and trendy, no old world/school ambiance, or too pricey?

          Manly Man Steak Dinner = a BIG steak, potato, a vegie, and a decent salad (Caesar, if available). Maybe a price comparison is in order? Picking a Filet Mignon (not a petit):

          Restaurant ~ Steak + Potato + Veggie + Salad = Total Food Cost
          Talyor's ~ 29.95 + inc. + inc + 7.95 = $37.90 . . (a)

          Damon's ~ 22.95 + inc. + 6.00 + inc. = $28.95 . . (b)
          Musso & F. ~ 32.00 + inc. + 4.00 + 13.50 = $49.95 . . (c)
          Dal Rae ~ 36.95 + inc. + inc. + 8.25 = $45.20
          Cut ~ 53.00 + 6.00 + 6.00 + 17.00 = $82.00 . . (d)

          (a) 1/2 Caesar $3.95 = $33.90.
          (b) Includes a "basic" dinner salad, to be fair ? ?, split a shrimp app. + $5.00 = $33.95.
          (c) House salad available $5.50.
          (d) Potato & Veggie $12 each, assumed split, but not the salad (no Caesar available).

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            wutzizname RE: JBC Mar 7, 2008 09:10 AM

            JBC, you're insane, in the best way.

            I love your breakdown and I'd love to see it include the other 10 or 12 top steak places in town.

            Thanks for the valuable Chowhound community service.

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              JBC RE: wutzizname Mar 7, 2008 11:55 AM

              So I'm Crazy Good am I ?

              I see what I can do to expand the "Manly Man Dinner" cost schedule using the JBC Meter over the next couple of days.....

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              Will Owen RE: JBC Mar 7, 2008 03:14 PM

              Nice work, JBC, but a FILET MIGNON? Sorry, man, but a Manly Steak ought to be loaded with big beefy flavor and require some chewing. Bone-in ribeye would be a good choice, though I usually go for the sirloin...which at Damon's came out IIRC to about $20 even, like $19.95 or something. A little more expensive at Jax, but then they have the live jazz...

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                Hershey Bomar RE: Will Owen Mar 7, 2008 04:09 PM

                I 2nd the bone-in ribeye.

            3. johnnyshungry RE: johnnyshungry Mar 7, 2008 09:49 AM

              Oops I mistakenly edited out the part about close to Los Feliz.
              JBC Thank you.. gonna stick that breakdown on my fridge for the next time dinner comes up and I hear "i dont know where do you wanna go".
              Cut is too trendy and $$$. I would love to hit Cut but am keeping my guest comfort level in mind.
              Musso, Dal Rae,and JAX I always forget about these places till after the Duoh moment hits me.
              I love Damons in the middle of a really hot summer day so cool and dark inside, umbrella drinks you could be anywhere till you leave into the glaring sun.
              thanks for delaying my "duoh" moment for a moment.

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                wutzizname RE: johnnyshungry Mar 7, 2008 09:57 AM

                I have to admit, I've never been to either of the Pacific Dining Cars, but from everything I've heard over the years, I'm guessing it might be a strong option for your other-than-taylor's dinner. And the one just west of downtown is not too far a shot from Los Feliz.

                Not exactly sure how it scores on the patented JBC Meter, but I assume closer to Taylor's than Cut.

                Pacific Dining Car
                1310 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90017

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                  Fru RE: wutzizname Mar 7, 2008 12:06 PM

                  May be a little too far east but Clearman's North Woods Inn would definitely satisfy any "Manly Man". A 25oz Porterhouse with Two Salads, Cheese Bread, Rice Pilaf, Baked Potato, with choice of
                  Whipped Cheese Butter, Butter, Sour Cream & Chives, or Mushroom Gravy goes for $33.95. Throw in some peanut shells on the floor, a few classic semi-nude paintings and a good stiff drink... I don't know what grade beef they use but we took family from Western MA there Wednesday night and everyone loved it.

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                    PayOrPlay RE: wutzizname Mar 7, 2008 03:22 PM

                    Actually, Pacific Dining Car is pretty darn expensive--can easily close in on $100pp with drink tax and tip, and it seems to have slid notably in recent years. Other recent Chowhound threads have been little short of withering. We were invited to dinner at the Santa Monica branch a couple of months ago, and thought the steaks were so-so and the service--and the kitchen--inept (wrong, things showing up at random intervals, we could never get a second basket of bread despite FOUR requests, my allegedly rare steak was only sort of pink). Can't recommend it for dinner any more, although I'd imagine the lunches and especially the breakfasts are more satisfying. http://www.pacificdiningcar.com/

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                      rednyellow RE: PayOrPlay Mar 7, 2008 03:41 PM

                      I love the PDC and try to eat there at least once a month. I've not had any slip in service or quality. Sorry if you did. At their prices, it should always be great.

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                  Blakekitty RE: johnnyshungry Mar 7, 2008 12:07 PM

                  def. try Edendale Grill (they recently revamped their menu) it has a hipper bar scene and separate restaurant that's more 'old scool' also Tam O'Shantner is part of the Lawry Steakhouse family...it's always reliable and good...like Taylor's. Both are in or close to Los Feliz.

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                    rednyellow RE: Blakekitty Mar 7, 2008 03:38 PM

                    I second the Tam

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                    omakase RE: johnnyshungry Mar 7, 2008 01:00 PM

                    If you don't mind driving to Burbank, Arnie Morton's serves excellent steaks, sides, and traditional cocktails.

                    ARNIE MORTON'S
                    3400 W. Olive Ave.

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                      burntcrisp RE: johnnyshungry Mar 7, 2008 01:04 PM

                      The Original Pantry or just The Pantry on 9th and Figueroa DTLA may work for you. Prices are lower than Taylor's. Quality is not the same level but worth a visit for something with a little history. Cash only.

                      1. Hershey Bomar RE: johnnyshungry Mar 7, 2008 01:08 PM

                        Only been to the SMOKE HOUSE once. It was fa-illed with manly old old men. They even called an ambulance while we were there.

                        I guess we know where that cowboy had his last steak... Good bread too.

                        1. yinyangdi RE: johnnyshungry Mar 7, 2008 01:20 PM

                          What about Nick & Stef's downtown?


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                            JBC RE: johnnyshungry Mar 8, 2008 05:53 AM

                            Anybody else want to define or specify any additional parameters (put their 2 cents in) this weekend on where one should (or could) go to fulfill a "MANLY-Man" Dinner craving in the greater L.A.-uber-opolis . ? . ?

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                              wutzizname RE: JBC Mar 8, 2008 08:55 AM

                              Places I'd add to the JBC Meter list, some just out of curiousity, include:

                              Arnie Morton’s
                              Ruth’s Chris
                              The Palm
                              Pacific Dining Car
                              Nick & Stef’s
                              The Lodge

                              And I'd stick with the parameters you've already set: Filet, Potato, Veggie & Salad. It's just a barameter for comparison so gotta keep it consistent.

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                                JBC RE: wutzizname Mar 11, 2008 11:04 AM

                                Please see the new thread for the above's inclusion


                            2. modernist RE: johnnyshungry Mar 10, 2008 10:38 AM

                              i just had a bone in rib eye at the palm in downtown on sat night...
                              i thought it was okay... the meat was good but i asked for charred rare and there was no char.. i dont thinkt hey have the high heat cooking capabilitites. and they screwed up my order 3 times... i got my steak when everyone was done and took it home....

                              for chain type high end steak spots ruths chris is better...

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                                Schweinhaxen RE: modernist Mar 10, 2008 12:49 PM

                                The Palm does not have the capabilities to get that crispy char found in NY steaks. You will have to wait until Wolfgang's opens hopefully at the end of this month. It will set the new standard for steaks in LA, bar none.

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                                  wutzizname RE: Schweinhaxen Mar 10, 2008 01:23 PM

                                  The steak I had at Wolfgang's in NY a few months ago was distinctly unimpressive. And certainly not at the price. Did not hold up to anything I've had at Jar over the years.

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                                Gooseboy RE: johnnyshungry Mar 11, 2008 04:51 AM

                                I'm also looking for a decent but not super pricey steak place for next week. Preferably in West Hollywood, or close to it. I'm looking to get filet mignon so I guess I'm not manly.

                                And incidentally, I had a horrible experience the last time I went to Taylor's so I'm trying to stay away from there as well.

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                                  yinyangdi RE: Gooseboy Mar 11, 2008 12:03 PM

                                  This might be too far east for you but the Monday Night Special at Taix is: Filet Mignon grilled with Béarnaise sauce for $16.95 (approx)

                                  Taix French Restaurant
                                  (213) 484-1265

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