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Jul 25, 2008 11:08 PM

Best Steak in Asheville???

I live here and love steak, but I usually cook it on my grill.Chowhounds tell me where the best steak in Asheville is. Steak and Wine???? Limones "coffee rubbed" ???? lets hear it??? SALUTE!!!!

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  1. Steak and Wine BIG NO!
    Haven't tried the Chop House, but don't think I will based on the XPress's strange review. (She concluded it was great, but everything she tried was bad?)
    Hate to say it, but the best steak I've had in this town is at a chain.
    We go to Long Horn on Tunnel Rd.

    1. My husbands grill with steaks from the Freshmarket. Hands down the best in Asheville.

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      1. re: leanpig

        Thats normally what I do as well.Guess I will stick with what I KNOW will be good.

      2. Texas Roadhouse wins 5 Stars with me. I have never been dissapointed and the the price is good also.

        1. LONGHORN?! ACK!

          I like Frankie Bones coffee marinated ribeye. THAT'S a steak.
          Don't go to Longhorns or anyplace like that.

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          1. re: lisafaz

            coffee marinated? yuck.
            steak needs salt, pepper, a little oil. you're crazy.
            and anyplace isn't a real word.

            1. re: jakistar79

              The coffee marinated steak sounds a little odd, and I wouldn't want a whole steak that way, but a couple of bites of it is pretty good, even though it's a little different. But I agree with you, a good steak needs nothing but a little salt and pepper, and a drizzle of olive oil. And I assume lisafaz dislikes Longhorn because it's a chain. (Hello, Frankie Bones is also a chain.) IMHO, even though it's a chain, they have a really good filet, prepared with just salt and pepper and cooked to a perfect medium rare. To me, it doesn't matter if a place is a chain or locally owned, as long as the food and service are good. FYI, just because a place is locally owned doesn't mean that it's good, the same way that just because a place is part of a chain doesn't mean that it's bad.

              1. re: stephw1

                I know, right? But in this town, knock a "local" & commit blasphemy. Strange, I mean, I know local supports the community, but if it's not up to par, aren't you just paying them out of pity? I love plenty of our local restaurants, but for a steak in Asheville, I haven't had better than Longhorn.

                1. re: stephw1

                  For the record, I dislike Longhorn because every steak I've had there ( and there have only been a few because I refused to go more than 3 times over the years) has been overcooked and flavorless.

                  1. re: lisafaz

                    I've never had that experience. Steaks are always perfectly cooked & nice. Waitstaff is nice, too. GM has a degree from Johnson & Wales.

                2. re: jakistar79

                  A friend has a steak rub that she makes with finely ground coffee and it's wonderful. Don't knock it til you try it.

                  1 tablespoon coarse kosher salt
                  1 teaspoon paprika
                  1 teaspoon garlic powder
                  1 teaspoon black pepper
                  1 teaspoon dried ground thyme
                  1 teaspoon finely ground coffee beans

                  Combine. Rub on steak. Let sit for 1/2 hour. Grill. Enjoy.

                  1. re: Leepa

                    Coffee is GREAT on steaks. So is cocoa. My dad uses a cocoa based rub on his steaks that is delicious.
                    If you're willing to go to Hendersonville, I've always gotten properly prepared steaks at Binion's.

                    Cocoa Rub:
                    2 T. Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
                    2 T. Brown Sugar
                    2 tsp. Chipotle Chili Powder
                    2 tsp Garlic Powder
                    2 tsp. Cinnamon
                    1 tsp Cayenne Pepper
                    1 tsp. Ground Allspice
                    1 tsp. Paprika
                    1 tsp. Black Pepper
                    ½ tsp. Salt

                    1. re: lisafaz

                      I would agree with the whole cocoa and coffee with steak...For our honeymoon we were in Blowing Rock at Crippen's and had a dark chocolate and coffee was AMAZINGLY good. Something about the combination of the savory meat with the dark chocolate and mouth still waters when I think about it. We've done versions of this at home and it is just fantastic. Also have done a cocoa and coffee rubbed steak which is pretty wonderful - will have to try the rub above.

              2. My husband and son rave about the steaks they've gotten at Stoney Knob since they've changed their menu and added filet mignon and other high end cuts.