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Decent Steakhouse

Any idea where I can find a decent yet not too pricey steakhouse on Massachusetts North Shore or Southern NH to celebrate my carnivore loving son's high school graduation?

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  1. I'm afraid that not too pricey steakhouses are not viable unless you go with a chain like Outback, Texas Roadhouse, etc.

    1. Thanks!! -- we've tried those -- guess I was hoping for a small step up from that -- maybe a place with a little off beat ambiance to compliment the good food----rather than the traditional upscale steak house --which is totally not my son's style. He just likes really good prime rib and T-Bone w/o a lot of fuss. It may be we are shooting for the moon...

      1. I haven't been to either Gaven's in Middleton or Hardcover in Danvers but I have heard that both offer decent steaks.

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        1. re: Chris VR

          Gaven's is pricey and no longer worth it in my book. Hardcover, haven't been in years. Have a friend who always goes there for birthdays, etc. If you want pricey go to Pellana in Peabody. Never had a bad meal and they have expanded and have more private space. Some people like Jimmy's Steer House on Rt. 1 in Saugus. As far as not pricey, I have no suggestions. Good luck and congratulations to your son.

        2. Lewis' in Essex Ma on rte 133, very old school, you can get a good size fillet dinner for $17., they also have sirlion and prime rib on the menu. In So. N.H. Common Man in Windham is good. Phonecian in Salem, N.H. is OK. personally, for a reasonable price and good steak, I like Frank's on MASS Ave in Cambridge.

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          1. re: treb

            I'll second Frank's, and your son & his friends might find it kind of cool to be going into the city for a meal. Just two caveats: one, they don't have any bone-in cuts, at least not on the regular menu, just variations on sirloin, prime rib, and filet mignon; and two, they have a cabaret-type singer in Saturday nights and do (or at least used to do) karaoke on certain other nights, so depending on your son's interest in those (probably low, I'm guessing!) you'd best check with them to find out the schedule.

            1. re: BobB

              And I'll 3rd Frank's as likely your best option given the price constraints, even though it's in Cambridge, with The Stockyard in Allston (again, not North Shore) a possible alternative. Jimmy's Steer House and Hilltop, two analogous North Shore spots are pretty mediocre at best.

          2. It is not exactly on the shore, but the Gibbet Hill Grill in Groton may fit the bill. They have good states, a very nice and different atmosphere (updated barn) and decent beef. IMO, it would be a great place to celebrate a gradution.


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            1. re: Gabatta

              I agree with Gibbet Hill- I had a great meal there last winter- and its a beautiful setting!

            2. You could try a non-steakhouse restaurant known for having good meat. I think Craigie Street Bistro gets good marks, if you are adventurous. Argentinian menus often have good meat - maybe Tango in Arlington? Or you could find a decent Italian place that has a Tuscan vibe and perhaps an approximation of "Bistecca alla Fiorentina"

              A bit out of your geography, but there might be something similar a bit north..

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              1. re: grant.cook

                We really enjoy the Hardcover in Danvers - they have excellent steak and seafood. We've also been to Gaven's, and while the food was great, the atmosphere was way too stuffy and I wouldn't recommend it. Jimmy's has great prime rib but that is the only steak I enjoy there, plus I don't feel it is "special" enough for a special occasion. Hope that helps!

                1. re: grant.cook

                  Be aware though, Craigie Street is beyond decent and also quite pricey. Entrees usually average in the 30s.

                2. You could go in another direction- churrascaria. I'd bet your carnivore loving son would have a ball at Midwest Grill and the new one on Rte. 1 in Saugus is relatively easy to get to, easy to park at and very reasonably priced (AYCE meat extravaganza for $25pp). I like the atmosphere at the one in Cambridge more but if you're bringing a large group, make sure they don't stick you in the bar area. I was there this weekend with a large group and it was pretty uncomfortable- and hard to get to the buffet because one side of the long table they make up is against the wall. The people who were sitting on the outside kept having people at the bar poke them in the head and back. They had a long table in the main daining room that was much better. In Saugus I think there'd be less of an issue because they've got a lot more room.

                  The way it works at both places is you fill a plate with sides and salad items at the buffet and then waiters come around with various meats on long skewers (you can view the meats served on their website at http://www.midwestgrillrestaurant.com). The meat ranges from well done to rare, depending on which skewer and where on the skewer it's from. The outside pieces are delightfully salty but the inside pieces of, say, the prime rib, are not really salty at all, and can be very rare (just how I like it). The waiters stop at your table, and they slice off a piece for you (which you'll grab with the tongs they give you so it doesn't fall on the table), or as many pieces as you want. The parade of meats continues until you can't take it anymore. It's a lot of fun and would be great for a large party, because you're not dependent on one waiter.

                  Midwest Grill
                  910 Broadway Rte 1, Saugus, MA

                  Midwest Grill
                  1124 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

                  1. Franks is very good. If you want Prime Rib, Durgin Park has a wonderful "bone-in".

                    1. Beverly Depot. I haven't been there recently but they were one of my faves when i lived in Salem.

                      1. You could go to the Fire Bull in Peabody. Same idea as Midwest Grill. Very pleasant wait staff and your son could eat until he was ready to stop.

                        1. Hey --thanks for all the great ideas -- the - churrascaria concept sounds like something my son would LOVE. Appreciate all your thoughts! Happy Chowing!!