MSP-Last Minute 2nd Best Steak
Oh, unhappy day!
My sweetie's brother is in town. She wants to take us out for steak to-night, her brother being a fan of l'meat rouge. Yippee, sez I. Where to go, sez she?
Why, The Strip Club, naturally.
What's that, you say?
Closed on Sunday night?
CLOSED ON SUNDAY NIGHT??!!
Ergo, I am now looking for the 2nd best steak. Trouble is, one way or another, I have had most of the steak in town. Most everything is second best (at best). Well, in my experience.
If I have to, I'll even throw cocktails under the bus in favor of better meat. Though splendid meat and cocktails both are preferred.
Suggestions are desperately welcomed.
Strip Club gets their beef from the Thousand Hills Cattle Company in Cannon Falls. Other local restaurants who use Thousand Hills:
Not saying it's an adequate replacement or imitation, but if forced to pick a proxy I'd say Craftsman is closest to Strip Club in terms of pricing, selection, overall experience. And you'll still be able to purchase cocktails.
Cocktails? I'd suggest the Lexington for some steaks, green beans & old school charm.
I'm assuming you have already considered Manny's?
I love the Strip Club too, but let's face it - it's not like they serve a huge variety of different steaks - it's really about the accompaniments. So if you just want good steak and don't care as much about a variety of cuts, I'd say Meritage has a wonderful Steak Frites. I also adored the hanger steak I had at Masa the other night and although it's a chain I really enjoyed the Kobe steak I had at Ruth's Chris recently. Have fun!
Here's what ended up happening. I half-jokingly suggested cooking in, since her building has a grill on the roof. Gas grill, but nothing is perfect.
She said 'capital idea!', picked up some dry-aged strips @ Lunds, I brought wine and a cocktail kit. Okay, and some bacon salt. I whipped up a tankard of Aviations, and the three of us set to in the kitchen.
Green beans with bacon, blue cheese, & toasted walnuts, roasted tomatoes with parsley and garlic, mashed potatoes, and strips soaked in garlic and rosemary. Finished off w/coffee, cognac, and homemade lemon cake. We did good.
But I thank you kindly for your suggestions, nonetheless. A Happy and Well-Chowed Thanksgiving to you all!