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Philly question---Union Trust or Butcher and Singer

Am trying to decide between the two for a September dinner.

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  1. Or the Palm?

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    1. re: steflink

      Don Shula's daughter (who is a great friend of mine) will tell you to go to B&S.

    2. Barclay Prime.

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      1. re: barryg

        We've been there twice already--looking to go to someplace new.

      2. I haven't been to Union Trust, but of the Steak Houses I've been to, I'd rank them as follows:

        Barclay Prime--nothing to be said

        Capital Grill--their service is great--they remember me and know where I like to sit, etc., the beef is excellent (I love the kona rub option), there are more entree options than B&S, though fewer desserts

        I'd put B&S and the Palm about the same--Palm is slightly less expensive and a more casual setting, service is good--again, they remember me and my preferences--they have more entree options also, their sides are great, their desserts ok, but not fabulous. B&S has a formal atmosphere and decor, but it's also a fun setting. I feel like their entree and side selections are more limited, but they have excellent desserts. I did once get a filet that was cooked beyond my request of rare and they replaced it, but they rushed the replacement (I was with a 4 person party) and it was a little too cold, but overall I've had good meals there and enjoy it.

        Morton's--standard steak house, stuffier atmosphere than the others. not bad, but I definitely like others better, the only reason I'd go back would be for a souffle which I love, but they are hard to find.

        Del Frisco's--worth going to for the architecture alone--it's awesome. The atmosphere feels stuffier, but they have the waitresses running around looking like go-go girls. The food is good and there are some interesting variations on the steak house theme, but it just doesn't click with me.

        Ruth's Chris--standard, underwhelming compared to the others IMO.

        Not ranked option: Davio's--I haven't been there in years, but I did like the food a lot. I remember I had an excellent rack of lamb.

        1. My vote is for Barclay Prime.

          1. Barclay Prime, first and foremost.

            1. Barclay Prime, no doubt about it.

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              1. re: OlderPhiladelphian

                Guys, please read up, OP has been to BP and wants to try somewhere new.

              2. My info on UT is from before the opening chef left, but assuming the steaks are the same as they were then, I'd go to UT in a heartbeat over B&S. Of three steaks I've had at B&S, only one was cooked to the temperature that was ordered. I was only at UT once but my steak was perfect and the sides were fantastic, unlike at B&S. Of course, as I said, that was a while ago and the chef who was heading UT when I was there has since left. I'm not sure how much of a difference that makes in a place that size though.

                Also, the space at UT is much prettier than B&S, I really don't like that old-timey supper club look they have going on there.