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Needed old school steakhouse in LA

I know Taylor's, LOVE IT. I think Pacific Dining Car is overrated (Please, let's not get into a pro vs. con PDC discussion here.) I've done Buggy Whip once and I'm on the dig. If you're feeling what I'm throwin' down, red vinyl banquettes, Eisenhower administration waitresses. Great steak, not major cash outlay, can ya gimme some tips? Please, no Cut etc. I'm talking old school. Thanks.

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  1. i've never been there but I heard its pretty old school: Musso Frank's on Hollywood.

    1. Dal Rae - without a doubt:

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

      1. Although this previous post was not limited to steakhouses, they do list some old-school places where you can get steaks.


        1. the smoke house in burbank. crazy old-school vibe with amazing lounge acts. the food is somewhat secondary to the experience, though their cheese bread is almost as good as they claim it is.

          1. I second Musso and Frank. Raymond Chandler-esque old school.

            1. Dal Rae in Pico Rivera without a doubt. Everything an old school steakhouse should be. I have been going since I was three years old.

                1. How about the Tam O'Shanter?
                  Also Petrelli's
                  I think Taylor's is probably the best price vs. quality though.

                  1. Columbo's in Eagle Rock. The steak is the only thing worth getting, and it is really, really worth it!

                    Colombo's Italian Steakhouse
                    1833 Colorado Boulevard, Eagle Rock, CA 90041

                    1. damon's in glendale, columbo's in eagle rock, maybe billingsly's (i'm sure i spelled this wrong) it's the place on pico, just west of the 405. i haven't eaten there, just had a drink, but i do recall red vinyl!

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                      1. re: paigeharrison

                        Damons is very good. Tenderloin (butterflied) and Ribeye.

                        Billingsly's is a tad below mediocre.


                        1. re: Wes

                          Although, if someone puts a gun to your head and forces you to go to Billingsley's their Cheeto Orange Cheese Toast is somehow strangley addictive.

                      2. I haven't been in a few years, but The San Franciscan on Sepulveda in Torrance is similiar to what you are looking for.


                        1. Dal Rae, Musso & Frank, and the original Steak & Stein in Pico Rivera

                          1. If you truly want old school, you should check out the Bull Pin in Redondo Beach. It has been around forever. I remember going as a kid, and I am In my mid 40's. All the old timers (regulars) are there, they have the booths, nice bar, and ok food. It is a must try for old school service and food. I don't think the regular menu has changed in forever.

                            1. I did not have a great experience at Tam O'Shanter foodwise. Service and martinis were excellent, though.

                              Musso's is incredible, love it love it love it, everything about it. (One of the best Caesar Salads as well.) There are some land mines on the menu, certainly, but the steaks and chops, and martinis, are superb. They serve about the best pork chop I've ever had.

                              I enjoy Columbo's, too. Though it is not of the quality of Musso's or Taylor's (Koreatown), it is a terrific place to go.

                              I have to try Del Rae!

                              1. Not the best places in the world but good and fit your question would be the Valley Inn and Monty's in the Valley.

                                1. I have to agree with the rest, I like Taylors alot, but go to the Dal Rae. It is what you are looking for, they make salads at the table and also flambe's. They are a little pricer than Taylors but it is so good, you won't be disappointed. I agree that Pacific Dining is overrated. If you want a really good rib steak, in a gorgeous patio, but not a steakhouse, go to Pane E Vino on Beverly. The food is great and so is the atmospher and it is cheaper than Pacific Dining Car.

                                  1. I'm in Lakewood and have yet to find a good steak house too! We tried 555 East in Long Beach and were really disapointed. Walt's Wharf in Seal Beach is good too, but the wait sucks! I'm originally from the Sacramento area, which has a million different types of steak houses so I'm kind of picky. Other than 555, and Walt's I've only been to Arroyo Chop House in Pasadena.I remember it being very good, however it was pretty chic so it may not be totally old school; (unfortunately it's been a few years since I've been there). Thanks for the Del Rae rec., I knew there was a steak house in Pico Rivera that I read about some time ago in Westways mag., but I'd forgotten the name.

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                                    1. re: WannaBFoody

                                      Dal Rae is great, try their signature pepper steak. If you get a chance, you should also check out Steak & Stein in Pico Rivera. It opened in 1946 so a little bit older than Dal Rae (opened 1958) and also very good

                                      1. re: WannaBFoody

                                        Try Kelly's on Second Street in Naples. Red banquettes and the whole 60's vibe. I don't remember the prices, but they weren't outrageous.

                                        1. re: CynD

                                          Looking at Kelly's website, it appeards a good fit to the OP's requests. Opened in 1958 with some interesting 50 year anniversary specials. Costwise, based on the format of my earlier cost comparison (linked below) it would've ranked 4th most afforable out of 26 but still $11.46 more than Taylor's:

                                          Kelly's ~ 34.95 + inc. + 6.95/2 + 10.95 = $49.36


                                      2. Taylor's, Taylor's, Taylor's!!! There is no other answer. It is EXACTLY what you are looking for (I'm talking about the one on 8th in Ktown).

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                                        1. re: EliAnnKat

                                          EliAnn, the OP did acknowledge that he/she knew and loved Taylor's, (me too) but that they were looking for some new suggestions along the same line as Taylor's.

                                        2. "...steak, not major cash outlay..."

                                          You might find this price comparison list on 25 steak places I did recently usefull in making your final decision:


                                          1. The Galley in Santa Monica is "old school" surf & turf since 1932. Sure it's it doesn't vibe red leather booths but I'll bet those blowfish lamps are twice as old as any of the furnishings at Taylor's (which I also love along with Musso's). Try the Mai Tai there with your steak, it's strong and tasty.

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                                            1. re: JOHNO2

                                              I agree with this Galley rarely comes up in these discussions but it really should. It rules!

                                            2. Okay, it's not in L.A., but my idea of a classic old-school steakhouse is the Hitching Post in Casmalia. Mouthwatering cuts, outstanding sides, little things like a cracker basket with crackers you actually want to eat with butter ... and it's stunningly cheap by LA standards. (Who wrote the rule that says you have to take out a second mortgage to have dinner at a steakhouse?).

                                              (I've never been to the HP II in Buellton, so I can't comment on how it shakes out, but it was the Buellton branch that was featured in Sideways.)

                                              And for a more local spot, as always I endorse Musso's.

                                              Musso & Frank Grill
                                              6667 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

                                              Hitching Post
                                              3325 Point Sal Rd, Casmalia, CA 93429

                                              1. The Prospector in Long Beach(corner of 7th & Junipero). OLD school. Decor seemingly taken straight from one of Knott's Berry Farm's Western rides. Prime rib dinner for around $14 I think... includes bread, soup, salad AND dessert.

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                                                1. re: Low Blood Sugar

                                                  Thanks for the LB tip.

                                                  BTW, I ADORE your screen name. I am the queen of low blood sugar - at least that's what I use to justify my endless hunger and perpetual crabby mood.

                                                2. The Dresden Room Restaurant
                                                  1760 N. Vermont Avenue


                                                  1. Okay, a little off the mark, but maybe not...

                                                    Not a steakhouse, but it has a great steak, and It's old school, tons of atmosphere, and just big fun; Dan Tana's. Yeah, the rest of the food isn't great, but the steak is. So are the big fat juicy lamb chops (like l'Amis Louis).