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MSP-Last Minute 2nd Best Steak

ajs Nov 23, 2008 06:40 AM

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?

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.

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    g_rote RE: ajs Nov 23, 2008 07:00 AM

    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.

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      Foureyes137 RE: g_rote Nov 24, 2008 06:49 AM

      Red Stag also uses Thousand Hills and has 3 steaks on the menu.

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      St Paul Susie RE: ajs Nov 23, 2008 10:18 AM

      Cocktails? I'd suggest the Lexington for some steaks, green beans & old school charm.

      I'm assuming you have already considered Manny's?

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        Seige RE: ajs Nov 23, 2008 11:35 AM

        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!

        1. rp1760 RE: ajs Nov 23, 2008 03:14 PM

          If you are interested in an Italian slant, I Nonni serves a fabulous grilled beef ribeye. They also have a wonderful Osso Buco.


          1. bob s RE: ajs Nov 23, 2008 03:22 PM

            Erte in Northeast.

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              ajs RE: ajs Nov 24, 2008 05:15 PM

              Thanx, everyone!
              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!

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