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SF13 Jan 20, 2009 06:07 PM

Does anyone know anything about Quality Meats? Is it great?

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    stephaniec25 RE: SF13 Jan 20, 2009 06:17 PM

    I went not expecting much but the bone-in tomahawk style chop is unbelievable. Definitely worth a trip just for that. Also, the salads were delicious but the sides were just standard steakhouse fare. The atmosphere is not my favorite, as I tend to prefer the "old new york" style of somewhere like Keens but that steak was amazing and I will definitely return.

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      steakrules85 RE: stephaniec25 Jan 21, 2009 12:02 PM

      When you say bone in tomahawk chop are you referring to the double rib chop that is 64 ounces and costs 55 a piece. Or the regular 24 oz ribeye for one? I always wanted to try the huge double rib chop and will soon. So which is it?

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        stephaniec25 RE: steakrules85 Jan 21, 2009 01:28 PM

        I'm talking about the 24 ounce bone in ribeye

    2. Spends Rent on Food RE: SF13 Jan 23, 2009 11:55 AM

      I just need to vent... and you asked the question... so....

      My wife has been dying to go to a steak place and she's an interior designer, so she asked if we could go to QM for her birthday two weeks ago. I had been two times previous and found the steak to be bland when compared to other steakhouses in the city. She knew this but still wanted to try it.

      There were some service hiccups which were finally resolved and I won't get into here.

      The sides are good, not great, and the steak (porterhouse for two), once again was very bland. And while this can be expected for the tender filet, it is inexcusable on the strip. That said, the steak sauce is excellent, but I always consider steak sauce to be used on bad steak, that has no flavor of it's own.

      My wife loved the decor but also found the steak to be average.

      In this day and age of fewer restuarant dollars to go around, Quality Meats needs to pick it up a notch if they're going to stick around.

      For my money I would go to Porter House in the TWC or Wolfgangs on Park Ave.

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        SF13 RE: Spends Rent on Food Jan 26, 2009 03:14 PM

        I don't eat meat but my boyfriend LOVES steak. He loves Ruth's Chris and I was wondering how Morton's is? I've heard it's good but is it a decent chain restaurant or something special? Any GREAT steak houses we can try?

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          steakrules85 RE: SF13 Jan 26, 2009 04:42 PM

          Peter Luger is the holy grail. Strip House, Keens, Craft, Old Homestead, BLT Prime all top notch. Del Frisco's and Smith and Wollensky are good as well.

          I'd stay away from Primehouse or Porterhouse as they were somewhat disappointing.

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            Spends Rent on Food RE: steakrules85 Jan 27, 2009 08:19 AM

            Steakrules,
            If I remember correctly, your review of Porter House was from a dining experience during restaurant week. Have you been back outside of RW?

            I've been to Porter House a number of times and every single time it was excellent except for my one visit during restaurant week.

            Since you love steak I would highly recommend going back outside RW and either ordering the Porterhouse or the Chile rubbed ribeye.

            While it's not an excuse for average food, I do find that 95% of restuarants don't do Restaurant week well. It would be a shame for you to miss out on a great steak dinner because you only had a "good" experience at PH during RW.

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              steakrules85 RE: Spends Rent on Food Jan 27, 2009 07:21 PM

              I went during restaurant week but I ordered off the regular menu and the place was empty. It is not that I didn't like it it is just that I didn't LOVE it. They lost points because I actually had to send my bone-in ribeye back for it being overdone. The second steak I got was actually quite good. They have very good sides and great desserts. I would love to give their porterhouse a try to give it a just review. But based on my one experience I wouldn't rate it as high as my favorites that I always outline and recommend on the chow boards every time.

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                Spends Rent on Food RE: steakrules85 Jan 28, 2009 08:53 AM

                I hear you.

                But to be honest I have had the occasional disappointing meals at Lugers and Old Homestead but I've eaten enough times at both to know that it was an off night or a bad server.

                Imagine if your first visit to Luger's was one of the times the steak was charred, flavorless and cold (it's happened). You'd probably never go back and miss some of the best steak experiences of your life.

                I guess my only point is that from one steak lover to another I think you went on an off night, and would recommend you head back over to PH and get the Chile rubbed ribeye or the Porterhouse.

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                  fourunder RE: Spends Rent on Food Jan 28, 2009 09:06 AM

                  SROF,

                  Kudos to you for this rational and reasonable response....too often diners expectations are set too high....only to result in disappointment. Miscues happen. It's a fact of life. How the miscues are handled is very important. Sometimes you just get a bad piece of beef or a soft shrimp.....it's not the end of the world.

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                    steakrules85 RE: Spends Rent on Food Jan 28, 2009 04:46 PM

                    I tasted my friend's Chili ribeye and it was tasty. However, as a purist I don't care for my steak to be flavored like that. It was good for a bite but not a whole meal. I am a pure salt pepper, butter kind of guy.

                    But I definitely will give Porter House another try. Porterhouse it is.

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              Spends Rent on Food RE: SF13 Jan 27, 2009 08:22 AM

              SF 13, There are so many excellent steakhouses in the city (as Steakrules points out) that I never end up at Ruth's Chris or Mortons, unless someone is in from out of town and they absolutely insist.

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                secondbecky RE: Spends Rent on Food Jan 27, 2009 10:01 AM

                Agreed. Ruth's Chris isn't bad per se, but there are so many others to try that have a very unique flavor.
                I'm sad to hear people didn't like Primehouse - I was going to try it soon. I saw a Travel Channel show that Primehouse in Chicago was the best steak in that city.

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                ESNY RE: SF13 Jan 27, 2009 08:35 AM

                Chain or no chain, Morton's is flat out bad and overpriced.

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              randymac88 RE: SF13 Jan 27, 2009 10:05 AM

              I found Quality Meats to be not that great. I actually love the decor...very cool down there. And I was a big fan of the bread. But, definitely not your true "steakhouse". I found it more of a restaurant that celebrated Steak (and had a lot of them on the menu), but not a real steakhouse.

              Apps were good, but Potato-Crusted Soft Shell Crab? At a steak house? Tasty but not old world.

              The steaks were marginal. I'd definitely say that QM will serve you a nice meal, not great but nice, but if you want a steakhouse go to Wolfgangs, Striphouse, Lugers, or Keens.

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