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[DAL] Steakhouse other than Salt Grass?

dannydrift Aug 13, 2008 09:52 AM

I'm wanting to take my parents to a steakhouse, because they love steak; but the only place they go for a steak is Salt Grass Steakhouse. I know there has to be better steaks out there for around the same price, but me not being a big steak eater, I don't know of any of these restaurants.

I want them to find a place that is better than Salt Grass, but I don't want it to drain my wallet. They make fun of me and my girlfriend for traveling so far for good food, so I want to limit it to maybe a 10-20 mile radius of Carrollton.

Are there any steakhouses that match up to what I'm expecting, or does it just not happen like this?

Thanks for any suggestions.

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  1. LewisvilleHounder RE: dannydrift Aug 13, 2008 10:46 AM

    Dunstons on Harry Hines...is around the same price or cheaper. It is not fancy but the meat is good and the mesquite flames helps season it just right. That would be me choice. Mr. Dunston is there on most nights.


    That would be the closest to your radius requirements that is affordable and still worth while.

    1. irodguy RE: dannydrift Aug 13, 2008 11:04 AM

      Saltgrass is not bad for a chain and in it's price point. There are many other better Steakhouses but not many that are at the same price point. You might try the Grotto http://www.guidelive.com/portal/page?.... The Grotto has good food, but will be a bit higher priced, but not in the range of the higher end places.

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        Azn Gorger RE: irodguy Aug 14, 2008 12:13 PM

        Agree, Saltgrass offers the best combination of value and quality. You can get better for more $$, but not in the same price range. Pays to listen to your parents on this one.

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        FoodieDiva RE: dannydrift Aug 13, 2008 11:07 AM

        Have you ever been to the Keg? closest one to you would be at Park/Tollway behind Maggiano's. Decent prices, and the steak's are pretty darn good.

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          dannydrift RE: FoodieDiva Aug 13, 2008 01:06 PM

          I haven't been to The Keg, though I do pass by and see it often. I will look into this. Thanks for the input.

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            irodguy RE: FoodieDiva Aug 13, 2008 01:37 PM

            I have been to the Keg several times being close to my office. I don't find it any better than Saltgrass. The only thing that is better is the bar, other than that no reason to spend the extra $$$ on the Keg. If you are going for the more expensive Steak Houses Sullivan's or Kirbys is the next step up, then you start cruising to $$$ at Three Forks, Pappas, Bobs .... All very good, but again for < $30 very difficult to beat Saltgrass Dunstons is historically interesting and okay but probably not really worth the drive.

            Now if you want a bargin and a good Steak you can go to Lakeway BBQ in St. Paul Texas near Wylie. They have a steak special on Friday & Saturday nights. It's a zoo but it's pretty darn good and about $10 or $12 as I remember.

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              healthyscratch RE: irodguy Aug 13, 2008 04:19 PM

              I tend to agree. There are a lot of absolutely better North Dallas steakhouses, but I haven't found one consistently better than Saltgrass for the money.

              Hey, it's your parents. I say go for it and take them out to Chamberlain's; that's my favorite top steakhouse closest to Carrollton. Yeah, it'll set you back more than Saltgrass, but not "that" much more. (I wouldn't exactly call Saltgrass inexpensive...)

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            CocoaNut RE: dannydrift Aug 13, 2008 11:27 AM

            While I've never eaten at Sullivan's, I have a couple of friends that go there on a regular basis and love it. http://www.guidelive.com/portal/page?...

            A note on Dunston's. There's a reason it's been around since dirt - it's affordable and good. Although I haven't been in many years, ironically I did go a few Saturdays ago for a mid-afternoon early dinner. On the weekend, they do NOT open until 5:00. They also have a location on Lover's near the toll road.

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              Scagnetti RE: CocoaNut Aug 13, 2008 01:27 PM

              The Dunston's on Harry Hines is considered a prime steakhouse whereas the Dunston's on Lovers Lane is not and I would rate the food there below what you'd get at Saltgrass Steak House.

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                Dallassooner RE: Scagnetti Aug 13, 2008 03:42 PM

                What do you rate the Dunston's on Harry Hines? I looked at their prices they are pretty reasonable. Is the quality pretty good?

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                  Scagnetti RE: Dallassooner Aug 14, 2008 07:35 AM

                  They are not on the Pappas Bros, Al Biernat's level but it is a cut above the Saltgrass, Texas Land & Cattle.

                  Gene Dunston, the patriarch of the Dunston's, is a long time restaurateur and sources the meat for all of the restaurants.

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              sike101 RE: dannydrift Aug 13, 2008 03:56 PM

              I'd second the Keg, there is also one on 114. I think its a pretty good steak for a reasonable price. Not too much more expensive would be Chamberlain's on Beltline. Not quite Pappas, but a nice steakhouse with good friendly service.

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                BluffViewChound RE: dannydrift Aug 14, 2008 06:26 PM

                I also suggest Dunston's on Harry Hines based on your request. I believe that it is now the longest running restaurant in Dallas. That should speak for itself. And yes, you'll probably find Mr. Dunston there on any given night.

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                  irodguy RE: BluffViewChound Aug 15, 2008 09:27 AM

                  Dunstons is a good alternative all though it's again not much different than Saltgrass. It's more historically interesting but taste, texture wise not all that much better.

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                  joydreamz RE: dannydrift Aug 27, 2008 10:06 PM

                  I will third the Keg in Plano (very close to Carrollton). I like it a lot better than Saltgrass. Also the ambience is SO much better. I like the booths and quieter atmosphere much more than Saltgrass. Also, I have taken my family there many times and they all love it. The bar is great to hang out in also, cozy up in those leather chairs in front of the fireplace in winter.

                  My other recommendation for steaks would be well, to go to the Plano Whole Foods and ask the guys at the meat counter to pick you out some steaks, a dry rub, and go home and grill them up. Comes out cheaper than a steakhouse and the quality of the meat is unbelievable. I have also done this when my brothers would come visit. We would go pick out steaks, grill, watch movies...lots of fun.

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                    ibobi RE: joydreamz Sep 1, 2008 07:04 PM

                    If I was given a choice I would definitely go with The Keg over Saltgrass. I ate at Saltgrass the other day for lunch on someone elses dime and it was good, but I have gone to the Keg in Plano about 5 times and always enjoyed it. I walked away definitely feeling I had got my moneys worth. The money spent would definitely be in line what is spent at Saltgrass. I would rate Saltgrass along with Texas Land and Cattle and the "late" Plano Tavern. Not bad, but just not as good as The Keg.

                    Another place that is not mentioned much now a days is Pauls Porterhouse. Its the last restaurant standing of the "original restaurant row" at 35 and Walnut Hill. The prices are up with the premium steakhouses. I love this place. The atmospere is definitely unique. Its hard to pass this place on the way to my favorite steakhouse off all... Pappas Bros.

                    So......where did you end up taking your parents????? You can't leave us hanging?????

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                      dannydrift RE: ibobi Sep 2, 2008 10:04 PM

                      I ended up taking them to The Keg. They really enjoyed it, but I think they still have their thing for Saltgrass. I'm moving out of their house for the first time in a few weeks, so I'm going to try to cook them some steaks as well when I get moved in. So hopefully they like that too.

                  2. kingofkings RE: dannydrift Aug 28, 2008 06:14 PM

                    Sullivans is very good for the price.

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                      lillymao RE: dannydrift Sep 1, 2008 09:39 PM

                      I just got back from Outback Steakhouse and it was a great bargain! $9.99 steak dinner with choice of 2 side dishes and fresh baked bread. The steak is a 6 oz sirloin. As expected, sirloin was a bit chewy, but I ordered it rare so it was fine.

                      Any other bargain steak dinners in the $10-11 price range in Dallas? Applebee's and Chili's has stopped their promotions :-(

                      I hate cooking so I usually sniff out a promotional bargain and just eat there everyday until the promotion is over. Then, I'll sniff out another bargain....

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