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Aug 23, 2009 04:03 PM

Philly question---Union Trust or Butcher and Singer

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

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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.

      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.