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Jan 22, 2004 01:56 PM

Rank the steakhouses!

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I'm probably going to get a lot of different opinions, and this has been discussed many times before, but I still can't decide which steakhouse to try. Please help with your opinions/experiences and rank the following in order of best to worst. I will try each of them by going down the list =)

Balboa Steakhouse
Nick & Stef
The Palm
Pacific Dining Car
Ruth's Chris
Porterhouse Bistro

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  1. I don't eat steak enough to be really helpful with the rankings. Ruth's Chris and Morton's are good, but they're chains, and you can probably do better. I've heard terrific things about Mastro's.

    BUT....if you love steak, you have got to try Mark Peel's porterhouse at Campanile. A real big piece of meat, wonderufully charred on the outside. Served with delicious creamed spinach and thick steak fries. You won't be sorry.

    Happy eating!

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    1. re: Eric Archer

      Skip Dan Tana's-- not even a good tourist trap.

    2. I've only been to a few of these, but here's my ranking:

      1) Ruth's Chris (Irvine location only -- Beverly Hills location is not that great)
      7) Pacific Dining Car
      8) Morton's
      9) Porterhouse Bistro

      However my favorite steak remains the amazing "Jewel in the Crown" NY at LG's Prime Steakhouse in Palm Desert

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      1. re: Ernie

        I must concur, LG's steakhouse near Palm Springs is GREAT. The onion ring appetizer was very tasty and comes in a HUGE portion, and the mashed potatoes were delicious. To tell you the truth I don't even remember how the steak was because the appetizers were so great.

        1. re: Ernie

          I agree. I haven't been to most of the others on the list, but I'd have to rate Ruth Chris (in Irvine) first and Morton's dead last.

          1. re: elmomonster

            I agree that Ruth's in Irvine is fantastic and would not waste my time at Morton's again.

        2. You left off the best: 1. Dan Tana's
          1A is Ruth's (and though I am loathe to disagree with Ernie, whose opinions are always dead-on, I have never had anything but a superb steak at the BH branch).

          Eric Archer is right about the Campanile porterhouse (although I have never liked the grilled prime rib, another beef dish that many swear by). Some of the best steaks in town are at fine restaurants that are not steakhouses--Michael's always had one of the best, although I gather that it may not be what it once was.

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          1. re: PayOrPlay

            To be fair, I've only been to the BH Ruth's Chris location once, so maybe need to reinvestigate. I would love to try that steak at Campanile, but I find Westside "industry" haunts like that much too obnoxious . . . however the stomach will eventually triumph I suppose!

          2. I have posted about this before but I think you ought to add The Grill on the Alley to your quest for more LDL.

            1. JJ's never gets mentioned in debates about steakhouses in LA - my only occasion to dine there was arranged by others, and I was somewhat reluctant, but we in fact had excellent food (even the somewhat retro iceberg wedge). Has anyone else had experience with this place?

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              1. re: pam

                I've been there two times over the past two years and have absolutely no yearning to go back.

                The steaks were average at best and so were the sides.

                I think the service could have been alot better.

                I'll stick with Ruth's Chris and Mortons

                1. re: dodgerx88

                  I have to second that about JJ's - I had a bone-in rib eye that was a very poor cut and over done (for my tastes). It was cooked passed medium and I prefer rare to medium-rare.

                  I agree with the Campanile comments about the porterhouse - unbelievable! I'm going to Mastro's next week :)