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Bobseesit Feb 12, 2009 12:25 PM

Could somebody compare the two steakhouses, particularly the pricing?
We've been to Dickie Brennan's a number of times and were thinking of giving Ruth's Chris a shot when we visit again in April. Have never been disappointed at DB's but since we have to have one steak night out, thought we might try something else.

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    Soulcat Feb 19, 2009 09:36 PM

    My steakhouse suggestion is Crescent City Steaks @ 1001 N. Broad St. Not much as far as atmosphere is concerned, although they do have some curtained booths that are kinda fun, but the steaks are quite good. Here are some reviews http://tinyurl.com/aflp5w

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      nolauptownchic Feb 18, 2009 11:50 AM

      If you must have one steak night out in New Orleans, the best choices are these. 1) Delmonico. this is the classic and oldest new Orleans steakhouse. Recently acquired by Emeril, but still with a menu of old classics. totally excellent, and pretty swanky. 2) La Boca. also excellent and more eclectic, but with lots of Latin flare. Not classically new Orleans. 3) Charlies. This is in uptown, its an old neighborhood joint that just reopened post-Katrina. AWESOME meat. a few homey sides with minimal wine list, but definitely tons of character. If you want to spend some dough (with your two previous choices, I'd say you do...)then pick Delmonico's. If you want something exotic and fun, pick La Boca. If you want something funky and cheap, pick Charlies. I personally don't go to Ruth Chris, because of their change of HQ post-Katrina. hope this info helps!

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        kibbles Feb 18, 2009 12:05 PM

        yeah, no doubt -- a new orleans steakhouse chain moving its headquarters to FL? lame, lame.

        i have also thus far resisted. no strong desire to cave in.

        1. re: nolauptownchic
          edible complex Feb 18, 2009 02:25 PM

          Emeril opened Emeril's Delmonico in 1998. I often dined at the original Delmonico's, but never associated it as a steakhouse, just classic creole.

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            Bill Hunt Feb 18, 2009 07:44 PM

            EC,

            I am with you. I always thought of it as more like Corrine Dunbar's. A lovely New Orleans restaurant with a fairly broad menu, but never steak-centric. Maybe I missed something in all those years.

            Hunt

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            geauxgators Feb 18, 2009 02:59 PM

            Although I love the atmosphere of Charlies and the onion rings are good, I can not agree with the quality of meat. I went a few weekends ago and got a large T-bone and my wife got a small T-bone. Half our steak ended up in the napkin. Did not have one good bite in the whole thing. These are not cheap steaks either.

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              Bill Hunt Feb 18, 2009 07:45 PM

              Now that is a bad sign. It has been awhile for me, so maybe much has changed, and not for the better.

              Hunt

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            Clarkafella Feb 16, 2009 09:20 PM

            Just curious- when I was in New Orleans last week, the hotel had a Shula's Steak House. Do they compare with any of the others mentioned here? I like doing the local restaurants too much to check it out, but some folks may like it...

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              Bill Hunt Feb 17, 2009 05:42 PM

              Wish that I could help. That is one mini-chain (maybe major chain now?), where we have not dined. We've been to many, usually on someone's guest list, but never Shula's. Could be good (like Del Frisco's in CO), or maybe not (like some others - unnamed by deliberation).

              Have not seen any CH reviews, but maybe they have been on other boards, that I do not visit.

              Hunt

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                nolapark Feb 17, 2009 09:22 PM

                went to a shula's out of necessity when stranded in a hotel during a snowstorm

                they actually have the menu on a football that gets passed around the table ( I kid you not)

                it was your basic high end steaks with all sides ala carte (think mortons or rc) but they do bring out the raw steaks for you to admire and chose...plus a very large, sad, live lobster

                it was OK but I'd probably never go again- super pricey, also... I seem to remember around $300 for two with a few cocktails each

                1. re: nolapark
                  Bill Hunt Feb 18, 2009 07:41 PM

                  Thank you for the report. I do not usually seek out "steakhouses," but end up dining at many, as a guest. Does not seem like there was much to recommend it above the rest of the genre.

                  As the economy changes, I wonder how this type of restaurant will fare. In PHX we lost several high-end restaurants, that all have gone to the mega-buck steakhouses. First, I hate to loose the previous restaurants. Most, even in the resorts, were heavily chef-driven and unique. Now, we get a dozen "expense account" steakhouses, with nothing to differentiate one, from the other. I think these folk were 2-5 years too late going for this niche. Time will tell.

                  Again, thanks. Now I know a bit about Shula's.

                  Hunt

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              Isabella Feb 15, 2009 12:24 AM

              Here ya go!
              http://www.labocasteaks.com/

              1. Bill Hunt Feb 14, 2009 06:53 PM

                I am less a fan of either. Since there are Ruth's in many cities, to which we travel, plus a quarter-dozen in the PHX-metro Area, I cannot see dining at one, except when I am invited.

                Dickie B's has been off of our list for some years now. We found absolutely zero to recommend it.

                Given the limited choice, I would have to be Ruth's, but I'd hope to do better. Now, it is not bad, and I have yet to have a poor meal at any in about 20 states. I, however, typify it as an "adult McDonalds." It's better than Morton's, but in the same category.

                If I had to have a "steak night" in NOLA, I'd go to Charlie's and hope that they were hitting on all cylinders. That said, I never head to NOLA with steak in mind.

                Now that I give it some consideration, I do have to say that Emeril's Delmonico did a good job - better than Dickie B's has ever dreamed of, and better than any Ruth's (even back in the pre-franchise days), that I have ever dined at. Yeah, if I wanted steak, I'd head to Delmonico.

                Hunt

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                Delmonico Restaurant & Bar
                1300 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

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                  Bobseesit Feb 14, 2009 07:29 PM

                  Delmonico is one of our favorite restaurants in NOLA. I did indeed have their famous New York strip sirloin and it was one of the best I have had. We will definately be hitting there again on our April trip, but my preferance for Delmonico will be one of their other imaginative dishes. Since we will be in NOLA for a full week and will be experiencing some of their wonderful cuisine just about every night, we will do the "steak bit" just one night for a change of pace. I don't think I would like Besh very much due to the noise from the slots etc. So maybe we will take a look at Charlie's and LaBoca as it now stands. Thank you all for your frank comments. We have visited this great city 5 times in the past 7 years and eaten at Dickie Brennan's 3 times, and we have noticed ourselves some slippage.

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                    Isabella Feb 15, 2009 12:21 AM

                    I'll have to recommend La Boca as well.
                    I've only recently started going & have already been back a handful of times in the past 2 months. Everyone I turn on to La Boca is more than pleased.
                    Honestly, I don't think there's anything on the menu that wouldn't be outstanding.
                    It's a little embarrasing to say, but it's the same every time . . . moans coming from everyone during the first few bites! I love seeing the look on people's faces when it's their first time!

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                  geauxgators Feb 13, 2009 01:36 PM

                  I would agree with most posters. DB's and Ruth's are so so in my book as far as Steakhouses go. (I can do similar steaks at home)

                  La Boca is very good. I like the skirt steak and the bone in Filet.

                  For an absolutely killer steak, I have to go to Besh steakhouse. It took me a while to get past the casino thing, but I finally broke down and boy am I gald. The prices are steep. My wife and I split the 38 oz bone in ribeye and we have half a steak leftover. (we do not eat like birds either). The thing I really appreciate is the fact that they give a little vegetables, mushrooms, and potatos with the steak. Everything at DB and Ruth's is a-la-carte. So for a seemingly expesive $58 steak, two grown people have a great steak and meal with leftovers. Cheapest steak in town in my opinion.

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                    edible complex Feb 13, 2009 02:24 PM

                    Besh Steakhouse is doing a wine special w/dinner: $20.09 unlimited wine by the glass w/dinner. Don't know what's on the list, but think the special runs weeknights.

                    Morton's is doing their 2 for $99 dinner special.

                    1. re: edible complex
                      Bill Hunt Feb 14, 2009 06:55 PM

                      EC,

                      Are they still open? I would have given them a nod, even though we have not dined there, but thought that they had closed to be replaced by a Morton's, or similar.

                      Please update me on this. Chef Besh has always done well for us, and I'd definitely try his steakhouse, before either of the OP's choices.

                      Sorry if I am confused, or just wrong. Help me out, please.

                      Hunt

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                        edible complex Feb 15, 2009 06:22 AM

                        http://www.harrahsneworleans.com/casi...

                        the above link to Besh Steak, then you can click on link to wine special.
                        I rec'd an email from them a few weeks ago, so assume still open.

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                    chef4hire Feb 13, 2009 08:43 AM

                    We have been supremely disappointed at DBs and have resolved to write the place off for good...there would have to be some major overhaul there for me to go back.

                    RC has a good steak but seems to be a bit boring. As previously noted, if you've eaten at one you've eaten at them all...

                    La Boca is a great alternative but sometimes I feel like I don't get that "American" steak satisfaction there. Hard to explain but sometimes I just need a top of the line strip, rib eye or filet ~ for that I usually go to Delmonico or Besh Steak.

                    Let us know what you decide and how it rated.

                    1. Lyonola Feb 12, 2009 12:30 PM

                      Try something different. Go to La Boca on Fulton. Better meat, better prices, more interesting cuts, and a greater emphasis on the sides.

                      Dickie Brennans has been incredibly disappointing recently. Ruth's is still good but if you have been to one Ruth's you have been to them all.

                      La Boca http://labocasteaks.com/

                      Get the provoletta, the sweetbreads, the hangar and the skirt with skin. And an order of fries. Trust me on this.

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                        edible complex Feb 12, 2009 05:17 PM

                        amen!

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                          JazzyB Feb 13, 2009 04:31 AM

                          My preference at La Boca is the skinless skirt. You can specify doneness. Skirt with skin only comes well done. Fries are excellent and serve 2. Proveletta is just melted cheese if that's your thing. Split an order of gnocchi for an app.

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