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best steak in calgary

howlin Oct 7, 2008 01:28 PM

i cant even imagine what a50 buck steak tastes like .im a skeptic.i do not believe that i steak like that is worth the money people spend for it .suckers,mabye,more money then brains,possible.but im willing to put my own 50 to find out and make my own decision,there is the challenge ,tell me where is best,prove me wrong.

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  1. John Manzo RE: howlin Oct 7, 2008 06:31 PM

    Whose $50 steak are you referring to? Is this about Ruth's Chris?

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      yen RE: John Manzo Oct 7, 2008 10:01 PM

      I believe howlin is asking us to recommend where the best steak in Calgary is. Then, based on our comments, he/she will go to this establishment, and spend their $50 on the steak, and decide whether or not there is truly a steak worth $50. Because they're skeptical that a steak can be worth 50 bucks.

      Or, if i read it another way, howlin just called us all suckers and more money for brains :)

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        howlin RE: yen Oct 8, 2008 06:16 PM

        yens got the challege right,i have 50 bucks(can be more or less)i just need recs to make up my own mind to whether or not a steak is worth that kind of money.only then can i say if your suckers with more money than brains.(this is in fun ,i want no bills from therapists saying that their client was upset that he/she was called a sucker)

    2. maplesugar RE: howlin Oct 8, 2008 09:05 PM

      Most recent thread on Steak in Calgary: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/552406 Notice the OP didn't finish his/her request with a challenge like "prove me wrong" and asked a question rather than sounding confrontational; perhaps your tone is the reason people replied the way they did.

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        howlin RE: maplesugar Oct 8, 2008 09:12 PM

        you guys have it all wrong ,my first post was all in fun .im just trying to find a good freakin steak and dont believe there is one at the price ,so ok prove me wrong

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        yen RE: howlin Oct 8, 2008 09:14 PM

        I honestly don't love any of the steak places in Calgary. I'd suggest going to Second to None Meats, getting one of their dry-aged Galloway Rib Steaks they have right now (which will cost you near 50 bucks), and BBQ'ing it at home.

        I used to like Vintage, but since the menu change, it's been quite poor. I havent been to Chicago Chophouse in ages, but they serve dry aged Canada prime beef - one of the few places that do. For wet aged beef (if you arent a big dry aged fan), i'd consider Mercato for their Bistecca Fiorentina.

        As well, to give this an honest test, please be picky about your choice of cut. Don't order a tenderloin - stick with something that has marbling, like rib eye, or strip.

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          howlin RE: yen Oct 8, 2008 09:25 PM

          i do love a good bbq,thanks for the recs hard to chose,i know i do a killer steak on the grill but il give mercato a try i think ,read good things on that one ,unless some one else has a tip.ill stay away from ruths tho,sounds over priced(even moreso then i thought)

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            true mc RE: howlin Oct 9, 2008 10:52 AM

            You do realize that when you are paying $50 for a steak you are also paying for the ambience, service etc. Your argument seems to be that you can save money by cooking something at home, well of course you can. Or are you trying to argue that you can go to an Earl's or something and get a $25 steak that would be as good as the $50 steak? You are very poor at getting your point across (other than saying we are suckers).

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          feuerzeug RE: howlin Oct 19, 2008 11:55 AM

          Last Saturday, we went to Buchanan's, and they had a prix-fixe menu:
          Choice of soup or scallops. Choice of steak or salmon. Choice of cheesecake or pecan tart.

          Price? $35.00. What a steal. Go and have the steak there, it is the best in the city.

          1. sharonanne RE: howlin Oct 19, 2008 07:05 PM

            Bear's Den is good but I can't say it's the best as I haven't been to all of the places mentioned. The fact they will serve it with a bottomless pitcher of real bearnaise sauce affects my vote.

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              fotze RE: sharonanne Oct 19, 2008 08:21 PM

              Had a steak at the Chicago Chophouse last week with there new menu. Still not great. Greasy and way too much salt, and I LOVE salt.

            2. howlin RE: howlin Oct 23, 2008 08:22 PM

              hey thanks guys for the recs im gonna try them all and answer my own challege .my wording my have seamed confrontational but this was purely in fun and my own curiousity ,i wasnt calling anyone suckers(more of o motivational tool)so keep those recs coming ,i like to eat,(suckers, oops did i say that out loud)lol just kidding

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                cn1822 RE: howlin Oct 23, 2008 11:57 PM

                Not an expert on this but I'll say I was not impressed with Vintage. My sister was raving about the Caesar's Steakhouse T-Bone though. Apparently it's overpriced but worth it. I'll check it out and see if I agree or just feel sick by the end. :P

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                  howlin RE: cn1822 Oct 24, 2008 07:31 PM

                  love ya man ,keep up the good fight

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                    spiderman RE: cn1822 May 23, 2009 02:41 PM

                    I am definately a fan of Caesars Steakhouse for the filet and really not that expensive but their french onion soup needs work!! But cant resist their steak!!!

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                    lynnrb RE: howlin Oct 24, 2008 12:15 PM

                    I'll second Mercato for their rib steak for 2 (done just like in Florence Italy!). It's about 2 or 3 inches thick and comes medium rare, then sliced up so you can serve it easily at your table. They also sell their rib steaks which Viktor gets from Cysco but as Yen points out they are wet aged but you know they are pretty good, lots of good fat and marbling which makes the steak good -- I know people are obsessed with no fat but thats craziness! If you want to bbq yourself try to get dry aged beef. Calgary Co-op has been selling it out of the downtown market and their West Springs store. Dry aged is harder to get than you think because when I was looking last summer the only way I could get it was buying directly from TK Ranch (in Taber Area) who shipped it up to me. At that time Second to None did not have it, nor did Randy down at Better Butcher or Bon Ton which are all excellent butchers. Yen says Second to None has it now but when I buy it at Calgary Co-op I expect to pay about 25 to 30 not 50 (and again I buy it real thick and share it among 2 to 3 people). I don't think Galloway is worth the extra price but that is just me... Ruth Chris does have an excellent steak however, in spite of the price. Bears Den also excellent. But since I do such a good one at home I don't eat steaks when I go out as its hard to beat a giant rib steak over coals or wood (not propane!) at home with a glass of red while its cooking! Mario Batali has a BBQ book out that has a good recipie (maybe you can get it on line...). Steak has to rest for 20 minutes after you cook it so don't rush it.

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                      JMHewer RE: lynnrb Oct 24, 2008 11:54 PM

                      hey I'm from Vancouver but if you are going to buy beef buy Spring Creek grass fed organic beef from Alberta, best I have ever had

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                      23skidoo RE: howlin May 25, 2009 01:39 PM

                      For what it's worth, I had a fantastic ribeye (asked for medium, but it came closer to med-rare) last week at Chicago chophouse. I declined sauce on my steak, but it did arrive seasoned with a bit of caraway.

                      The sides were mostly nice: great gnocchi in a mushroom sauce, and wild mushrooms in butter. I also had some mediocre "corndogs" stuffed with gouda and beef, greasy onion rings and some huge but unimpressive tasting shrimp in the "shrimp cocktail".

                      I'm going in reverse order here, but the Caprese salad I had for a starter was very good.

                      I think I'll be going back again very soon to try some of their other cuts.

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                        23skidoo RE: 23skidoo May 25, 2009 01:42 PM

                        I also want to mention that the service was amazing.

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