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What are the Best Steakhouses?

demeen25 May 24, 2009 04:09 AM

I'm looking for the best steakhouses in the GTA. I've already been to the run of the mill places like the Keg, Baton Rouge and Le Biftheque.

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    demeen25 Jun 3, 2009 01:51 PM

    So we decided to go check out Jacobs & Co.

    popovers with garlic butter
    -good, but i found they were very "eggy". I guess you need a lot of egg so it doesn't deflate
    Jacobs Caesar Salad prepared tableside
    -very good. would order again, next time with the spanish white anchovy
    18oz Bone-In Striploin (Dry aged 49 days)
    -excellent. although i found it weird that they served it with 3 sauces on the side (chimichurri, smokey bacon with blue cheese and ponzu sauce). I tasted each sauce, which were very good, but I stuck with the 3 salts they gave us (Hawaiian salt, Sea salt, smoked sea salt). Smoked sea salt being my favourite out of the 3.
    Duck Fat French Fried Potatoes
    -OK. I found them overseasoned and a little under cooked to my liking
    Mushrooms (roasted)
    -very good...would order again
    Ice cream sandwich
    -excellent. I was already full, but i couldn't stop eating it...very light

    I would definitely eat here again. Thanks again for the recs!

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    1. re: demeen25
      spine64 Jun 9, 2009 07:15 PM

      Tab for two? Wine? Service?

      1. re: spine64
        demeen25 Jun 11, 2009 09:22 AM

        For two, 1/2 bottle of wine (i was the only one drinking). The service was excellent and i found it wasn't to pretentious. Came up to approx $300 with taxes and tip included.

        1. re: demeen25
          Bigtigger Jun 11, 2009 12:39 PM

          Enjoyed Barberian's last night, still my #1 choice for overall best high-end, full-service steak house in TO. With foie gras and pate starters, a large sirloin and large filet, mashed taters, sauteed onions and an agreeable bottle of Amarone the bill with tip ran $300. Good value and a no bs atmosphere: correct without fussy formality or empty chumminess.

          1. re: Bigtigger
            CBlake Jun 11, 2009 04:42 PM

            I am still partial to Bardi's on York Street, one of the true classic oldschool steakhouses, I know it might not appeal to the younger crowd looking for inovative food but I love it. The likes of Bardi's, Hys, Barbarians etc. still have that charm to me that some of the newer places lack, I guess it all depends on your mood at the time.

            1. re: Bigtigger
              Googs Jun 13, 2009 10:38 AM

              Bigtigger, ya gotta love a place where the owner calls you back to take and confirm your reservation. Now that's roll-your-sleeves-up customer service.

      2. aser May 25, 2009 12:55 AM

        Hey B_y J___gay! Hah!

        tjr covered it. You're looking at places that can get prime and above beef that is dry aged. Besides all the famous steak houses (the ones mentioned + Carmen's (garlic!), Hy's, Tom Jones, etc....), you're looking at fine dining restaurants offering dry aged. Splendido and Nota Bene both offer 60 day dry aged from Cumbrae's, McEwan's restaurants offer 52 day dry aged USDA prime.

        Barberian's has the best wine list of all the steakhouses, ballersville though my friend.

        If you're up for it I suggest you just get some Cumbrae's 60 day dry age, sear it on a cast iron pan and throw it in the oven until rare/med rare. Rest, slice, finish it w/ some maldon salt and it's as good as what you can get at these restaurants, minus the service.

        Can I come over?

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        1. re: aser
          demeen25 May 25, 2009 05:18 AM

          I appreciate all the recs and I will have a tough choice narrowing it down to one.

          Aser-You know I rather get a good piece of meat and cook it at home. If you're buying the steaks at Cumbrae's, you are more than welcome to come over.

          1. re: aser
            katana750 Jun 11, 2009 03:15 PM

            I prefer to cook it myself, but sometimes going out is nice. Does anyone have an opinion about Octogon on Yonge north of Steele's? Many years ago some people told me it was good. A couple of friends live close to it and we are thinking about going there. Thanks in advance

          2. Googs May 24, 2009 03:31 PM

            Please don't take this as condescending as I mean nothing of the sort. However, in your shoes if I were making the transition from The Keg (which is a fine place) to an upscale steakhouse, I'd probably bridge that gap with Barberians.

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            1. re: Googs
              Crispy skin May 24, 2009 07:46 PM

              Why? What happens to you if you make too large a leap in steak quality?

              1. re: Crispy skin
                tjr May 24, 2009 11:53 PM

                Since steaks at The Keg are pretty much inedible, I think it might be a bit of a surprise.

                1. re: tjr
                  Googs May 25, 2009 10:39 AM

                  Not to mention sticker shock.

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                Poorboy Jun 9, 2009 06:07 PM

                We made reservations for this Saturday at Barberians. It has been many years since we were there. I got this craving for Chateaubriand (yes, it is so 70's and 80's) and the Mrs. and I wanted to do this for our Anniv.

                1. re: Poorboy
                  Squeakycheese Jun 11, 2009 04:41 PM

                  Chateaubriand is awesome!

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                stephen May 24, 2009 11:17 AM

                Try Jacob & Co. Very unique and the best steaks I have ever had...but get somebody else to pay!

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                1. re: stephen
                  mlukan May 24, 2009 11:23 AM

                  Third Jacob, Love it! Compared to your run of the mill places its expensive, but the food at Jacobs is leaps and bounds above the Keg.
                  I also enjoy Barberian's which is reliable.

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                  embee May 24, 2009 10:20 AM

                  Many people become very excited at any mention of the House of Chan on Eglinton. I haven't been there in ages, so don't know whether anything has changed. We are talking aged USDA Prime steak here - NOT the "Jewish Chinese" food.

                  Since learning how to choose and age meat, and getting an infrared grill, I order expensive restaurant steaks only when compelled to by a group decision or when nothing on a menu tempts.

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                    tjr May 24, 2009 09:00 AM

                    Jacobs & Co., Harbour 60, Barberian's, etc. A lot of high end restaurants also serve really good steaks, like Bymark and Splendido. I think there's a bunch of other threads on this, if you use the search box. Keep in mind that these places are much more expensive than The Keg, Baton Rouge, etc.

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