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my friend from Japan wants to eat 'Big Steak'...

...it's for lunch, and I don't want to spend more than $20 per...maybe $25 if I have to. The Golden Bull would have been good I think (location, ambiance, price) but they're not open for lunch. Maybe one of those Brazilian meat places would be good for a meat fix but then it's not so much 'Big Steak'. I hope you can help me out with some suggestions for anywhere between Santa Monica and Downtown. THANKS!

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  1. These two prior threads should be useful to you in your quest. You will still need to make sure that any likely candidates are (still) open for lunch: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/498145


    1. The answer for your Japanese visitor is the same as any query regarding a good steakhouse experience at a reasonable price in Los Angeles -- Taylor's Steakhouse in Koreatown. The place has the ambiance, the booths, the bar, easy parking, good service, and good steaks for the money. Also, the steaks are served with sides, so you don't have to order extra and pay more to fill a plate with some potato and vegie. At lunch, a 10 oz culotte steak is $21.95 according to their website, and a lunch New York strip a dollar more. Yes, there are places that are cheaper -- shoot, you can get a panfried steak special at Norm's Diners for barely over $10 -- but Taylor's is up near the quality and preparation of the big boys and national chains when it comes to simple steaks, though they don't have the hoity-toity waygu or faux kobe or bone marrow flan. To be honest, I was a bit surprised that they could provide a real chargrilled steak and not a sliced substitute at your price level.

      p.s. I just rechecked the website to verify the correct prices, and saw that the lunch steaks also come with soup or salad included.

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      1. re: nosh

        Im a fan of taylors and its good too.. let the naysayers bring it on..

      2. You can try Houston's. It's going to cost you about 32 (appx) but the steak is a good portion that will be impressive. And if you are on a budget, you can get something under $20 that is not their steak or daily fish special.

        1. How about the Original Pantry? Is it still always open?

          Original Pantry Cafe
          877 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90017

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          1. re: wolfe

            No lock on the front door so, yep - always open.

              1. re: J.L.

                If you folks can come up with a great "big" steak for $25 jump right in.
                BTW when I first ate at the Pacific Dining Car my next meal was comped because of my complaints about the first one. It was much better but more than the OP's limit.

                1. re: wolfe

                  I'm going to cheat a tiny bit, and I know plenty will squawk, but if big is what the chowhound is looking for, then Claim Jumper has a 24-oz Porterhouse Steak for $30. Heck, split it and it's $15/each.

                  Hmmm, there doesn't seem to be one in the area. Oh, well...short road trip!

                  Claim Jumper Restaurant
                  9429 Tampa Ave, Northridge, CA 91324

                  1. re: BeenThereAteThat

                    The 20 ounce New York steak at any Morton's is by far better than any steak at Claim Jumper. So I would recommend big and quality to impress my Japanese visitor. Hell, the whole schtick at Morton's where they wheel the cart of slabs of raw beef over to your table instead of giving you a menu will impress the OP's visitor. And if he REALLY wants big, let him order the 48 ounce porterhouse at Morton's.

                    Of course, it is going to cost more than $20 for either of these steaks at Morton's, but if the visitor is coming all the way from Japan, it would seem worth it.

                    1. re: ChinoWayne

                      Yes, Arnie Morton's is truly heaven for the steak lover!

                      1. re: wolfe

                        Yep, I acknowledged that shortcoming: "Hmmm, there doesn't seem to be one in the area. Oh, well...short road trip!"

                        So, everyone seems to want to cheat on location or price!

                        Anyone...is there a Claim Jumper size/price steak between Downtown LA and Santa Monica?

                2. re: wolfe

                  Great breakfast at the Pantry, but the steaks are tough as the soles on your shoes.

                  Your friend wants a steak? Otherwise the place the Japanese like going to is Lawry's. They seem to like the big meat there (prime rib).

                  1. re: monku

                    No lunch service at Lawry's ...

                    Along the same corporate lines, Tam O'Shanter's might work.

                3. Thanks to all for the replies - it was great to sign back in and find suggestions! I appreciate the time. xxp.

                  1. For your price range, I think Billingsleys in WLA might fit the bill and they're open for lunch. FYI, this restaurant is run by the sons of Barbara Billingsley, June Cleaver of "Leave It To Beaver" fame.

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                    1. re: Ogawak

                      Or the Arsenal. But the culotte at Taylor's is definitely the best steak for the money.

                      1. re: condiment

                        I mentioned Billingley's in passing a few months ago and immediately received replies saying it is awful. And The Arsenal is not open for lunch. Petrelli's, another possibility, is not as good as Taylor's, is a bit more expensive, and by far the best item there is their burger.

                    2. Outback Steakhouse?

                      (By the way, the City of Commerce casino has a great steak deal ... for "high rollers")

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                      1. re: ipsedixit

                        Outback for "big meat", with an ersatz Australian theme, with over seasoned meat that is probably USDA graded Select?

                        1. re: ChinoWayne

                          Outback is kind of the default steakhouse in Asia. It's probably not the one your friend will want to go to most.

                      2. Try the NY Steak or the Steak Lorenzo (with Ravioli) at San Gennaro Cafe in Brentwood. You can use the MoneyMailer coupon to get into your price range.

                        1. The price of a steak dinner is the sum of the “dinner” plus the salad and side dishes. Hence a $20 steak lunch might grow into a $40 meal once all the extras are totaled. This is not true at The North Woods Inn. Call for current prices of the Lumberjack Steak, New York Steak and the Porterhouse Steak (25 ounce). They will have something within your price limit. The price of the dinner includes two salads (red cabbage and blue cheese) and cheese bread (fresh hot oven toasted bread with a cheese spread). The salads and bread are refilled just for the asking. The dinner also includes rice pilaf and a large baked potato (a meal in itself) with a choice of whipped cheese butter, butter, sour cream & chives, or mushroom gravy. The steaks are tender and have great flavor. With all you can eat salad and cheese bread are included in the price it is a deal that is hard to beat. Also, get at least one of those large ice cold Schooners of beer. You and your friend will not be able to eat it all but they will provide the boxes and bags for all the food that you will be taking home.

                          North Woods Inn

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                          1. re: JeetJet

                            how about porterhouse bistro on wilshire? you get two salads, two sides, and a big porterhouse to share...plus dessert i think for like $60 or something like that.

                            1. re: samtron608

                              Porterhouse Bistro not open for lunch.

                            2. re: JeetJet

                              Brilliant idea, and the campy-ness of Northwoods, with its fake snow covered roof and log cabinesque look, will only add to the experience for the guest, big steak, big staging.