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Feb 3, 2009 08:08 AM

(Cincy) Reasonably Priced Steak?

I have been in Cincinnati for almost a year now (how time has flown!) and want to pose a challenge to my fellow Cincy Chowhounds: I am yearning for a local or small chain steakhouse that serves up a good steak dinner for under $25 (with sides). Any help is appreciated!

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  1. I'm lucky enough to be able to dine at Ruby's restaurants on someone else's dime about 4 times a year, but that's nowhere close to being under $25 (unless you're only going for 2-3 drinks and no food). Although it's been about 6-7 years, 2 places that I used to go to were Maury's Tiny Cove in Western Hills and Nick's Chops & Chasers in Oakley. Both are old school steak & cocktail restaurants. If you want a decent chain then I'd stick with Outback. I haven't had a bad meal there yet and the food is fairly cheap.

    1. One family owned place known for its steaks is El Coyote out in Anderson Township on State. The restaurant has a mix of Texmex and steak entrees and has won some Best of Cincinnati awards for the steak dishes. We have eaten there a couple of times and it's always packed, maybe because of the good bar, big portions, and the atmosphere, although many think the food is good, too.

      1. Dumas beat me too it so I'll second El Coyote. Great food, reasonable prices. And even though its primarily a Tex-Mex place they do steaks very well.

        1. I had a update on my steak search. For V-day My spouse and I went to Red in Hyde Park and had a wonderful steak dinner (filet) and great dessert (molten lava cake). The atmosphere was very trendy and hip but the price for the regular 10oz filet was $33 and that included house bread (tasted homemade or close) and salad and a potato. I know it doesn't fall under $25 but I thought it was a very reasonable price for the quality. It was a very enjoyable night and we look forward to going back soon.

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          1. re: qkalis

            I will third the El Coyote recommendation. I think the ribeye is $24, and that comes with a salad, onion straws, Texas toast, mushrooms and one side. El Coyote is one of the few places around that will cook steaks "Pittsburgh," which is charred black on the outside and cold red on the inside. I've never had to send a steak back for being overcooked, which I've had to do at Ruby's restaurants (shame they miss the mark on cooking steaks to order). Get the mac and cheese, and their margaritas are about the best in town.

            I will add that the Precinct is a better value than it used to be, though not cheap. Used to be you only got a steak for your $45, but in recent years they've added sides. I thought Red's steaks were nothing special, but the lamb chops were excellent.

          2. I wanted to put a close on my search of a cheap steak place: My current go to place has been The Precinct in which I have had some really consistent stellar dinners, not cheap but definitely good. I have on my list to try Guenthers, BoneFish Grille ( I know...) and J. Alexanders. The place I am craving and would fit the bill perfectly is The Hickory House in Columbus (Anyone traveling or living in Columbus go check them out). Happy Eating Everyone! :)