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Feb 12, 2009 05:30 PM

the Sherman Room on Sherman Way for steaks???

Someone mentioned in passing that the Sherman Room makes great steaks that are as good as Ruth's Chris Steakhouse (yes, I know ruth's might not be that great to begin with, but...) and at half the price?

Any truth to that?


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  1. Kevin--

    I've been to both. Where would I go back to? The Sherman Room. I've been to Ruth Chris once. Never went back, never wanted to go back. Why? Defrosted bread with a side of freezer burn, a la carte. Steak drenched in butter--grossed me out. I would have sent it back but it took so long to get it I didn't bother.

    The Sherman Room is in a sketchy neighborhood and it is basically a bar with a dining room. No one under 21 allowed. My steak was tough and served with a crisp, green salad and a piece of garlic cheese toast. I think the waitress was tougher than the steak. It's an experience.


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    1. re: Kate is always hungry

      Sounds like an experience, but the steak doesn't sound good, from you're telling me. but i guess a lot of people don't like ruths chris for steaks so it's like comparing it to a junky steak.

      1. re: Kate is always hungry

        I'm sorry, but I want to clear something up for others considering going to The Sherman Room who might be turned off by something written in this post - The Sherman Room is hardly in a sketchy neighborhood. The restaurant is at the corner of Balboa and Sherman Way on the edge of Lake Balboa. It's probably one of the least "sketchy" neighborhoods in Van Nuys, at least if you're familiar with Van Nuys. I'm sorry that this has nothing to do with the food but that sort of descriptor irks me because it may turn someone off from going just for that reason.

        1. re: Kate is always hungry

          I must protest your comment about the Sherman Room being in a sketchy neighborhood. This is a well-settled neighborhood of single family homes, and is not in the least "sketchy." Rather, it is a very family friendly neighborhood of mostly well-kept middle class homes. The Sherman Room has decent food for the price.

        2. In the interest of full disclosure Kevin, I must admit I like Ruth's Chris steaks. But I went to the Sherman Room about a month ago after a 10 year absence, and the steaks were just plain bad. They tasted like the grill was dirty and the vegetables seemed frozen. Proceed with caution.

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          1. re: LA Buckeye Fan

            in which case i will pass, unless i just want a stiff drink at the bar to soak up the residual atmosphere.


            1. re: kevin

              It is a SFV institution going back about to 1955. Not in the caliber of RC by any means but I thought the food was fine. They keep it simple by doing a few things well. They serve only a few cuts of meats. As crazy as it sounds I loved the simple wedge letuce salad, something that my mom served. They are very nice people but believe they have done it right for years so why change what isnt broken. It is worth a try, just for the experience alone.

              1. re: SIMIHOUND

                If you want an experience I would rather make the trip and go to the Buggy Whip out near LAX, What the heck Mickey Cohen did. You can still get green goddess dressing there. The steaks are better than the Sherman Room and at the prices, why go to Ruth's Chris in the first place. I think both Flemings and Arnie Morton's for chains beat out Ruth's Chris.

                1. re: Hughlipton

                  Hey Kevin,

                  The Sherman Room's steaks vary from day to day -- sometimes the el cheapo ($9.00) Top Sirloin is amazing, flavorful, juicy, wonderful; other times it's shoe leather.

                  Not knowing is part of the charm for me.

                  And their salads are to DIE for. If you eat there, you'll know what I'm talking about.


                  1. re: CucumberBoy

                    i guess at 9 buck a pop, it aint that bad, even if it's hit-or-miss.

                    and if it's shoe leather i can always douse it in A1 and give it the ol' Anna Nicole Smith impramatur.

                    or perhaps just wash away the chewiness with a stiff drink or three.

                  2. re: Hughlipton

                    someone mentioned they have BBQ short ribs at Buggy Whip, any truth to that?

                    or maybe i;m mixing it up with Dear John's?

                    speaking of which, which is better Dear John's or the Buggy Whip???

                    I always seem to confuse the two to no end. just the same way i seem to confuse the michale douglas of wall street with the pat riley of magic time.

                    1. re: Hughlipton

                      When's the last time you were at the Buggy Whip, Hugh? We went about 6 months ago when my wife was flying east on a red eye and it was so mediocre as to put the M in Meh. I had the Prime Rib (which was okay) but the GG dressing was better to look at than consume and the asparagus was thick and way overcooked. Service was friendly, if a little scatter brained. We were one of maybe 5 parties (if that) in the whole place, so it seemed a little on the dismal side. In summary it seems way tired and a long way past its prime (rib).

                      1. re: Servorg


                        have you been to Dear Johns???

                        1. re: kevin

                          It's been a long time. It has a nice local vibe to it but the food really didn't wow me. If I was looking for a local watering hole it would be high on my list.

                        2. re: Servorg

                          I was there about 9 months ago. I don't get out that way very much anymore. Prime Rib would not be my first choice and if they have the crab claws in it's must. It's like taking a walk back in to history. Did they have the lounge piano player?

                          1. re: Hughlipton

                            Not that night, at least when we were there.

                2. I've been to the Sherman Room once, but I only had a burger. The burger had an unpleasant charred flavor, as if the grill hadn't been cleaned in some time. The decor and atmosphere are an interesting trip back in time though.

                  As an aside, my favorite steak place is Damon's in Glendale. Also a trip back in time, of the tiki variety. Good steaks and great maitais.

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                  1. re: trixel

                    Love Damon's for all of the above reasons.