Best steak at a non-steakhouse restaurant in SF
I have been craving a good steak and the consensus on the board seems to be that the steakhouses in San Francisco are not true destinations for the food.
I'm meeting a friend for dinner next week who isn't into steak and thought I might be able to find a great steak (maybe even better than at the steakhouses here?) at a restaurant other than a steakhouse, that way we could both find options we want.
Any good suggestions for the best non-steakhouse restaurant for steaks within San Francisco proper? Price is less relevant than quality. Thanks!
I would second the steak for two at Globe - a great grilled porterhouse, cut and served at the table, accompanied by individual servings of potato gratin for two ...
Another favorite is South Park Cafe's Steak Frites - a grilled hangar steak with an amazing red wine sauce - and some of the best french fries in town ...
290 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, CA 94111
South Park Cafe
108 South Park, San Francisco, CA 94107
I agree that bistros and brasseries are a better bet than chains that attract expense account tourists. And while I love rib eye, it's sort of a different craving.
A few more options:
L'Ardoise has steak frites on their menu regularly
We had a wonderful skirt steak at Bar Jules this week
Slow Club and NoPA are both good spots for grilled meats of all kinds.
None of these will run over $30 an entree (unlike ribeye for two) and should come with potatoes and vegetables.
Personally I'd give the edge to French restaurants, for doing more than you could by simply buying a fine cute of meat at a local butcher and cooking it yourself, and for better value on wines.
Now who has a good peppercorn sauce? And has anyone been to Acme Chophouse lately?
We have always loved the steak frites at Le Zinc in Noe Valley, but you can't be in a hurry here, it is very authentically French. Chenery Park in Glen Park always has a nice steak on the menu as well.
Chenery Park Restaurant
683 Chenery Street, San Francisco, CA 94131
4063 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94114