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Latest Steakhouse Thoughts?

CulverJack Sep 14, 2009 08:21 PM

We're planning a steakhouse outing and I'd like to canvas the board about recent steakhouse experiences - we are choosing between the higher end spots on the westside. Considering STK, BLT, Wolfgang's, Boa, and that ilk. Arnie Morton's is the default choice if we can't find a new contender.

Cut probably won't work this time, and we'll have some non-steak eaters along (fish). While we like Mastro's, our host isn't crazy about it and we aim to please since he's the one who's paying.

Your thoughts are much appreciated!

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    CulverJack Sep 15, 2009 02:09 PM

    Looks like we have a ton of opinions and lots of divergence on where each would spend their steak $$$. I know in my visits over the years I've found a lot of inconsistency in steak spots visit to visit, and I do think choice of place is personal, maybe even more so than other types of high end.

    There is a big difference in feel and probably liking between a traditional paneled room vs. a swank new "loungey" spot. At least, that's what I think I'm seeing playing out here. So thanks so far!

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    1. re: CulverJack
      BSW6490 Sep 16, 2009 02:37 PM

      Dan Tanas on Santa Monica in West Hollywood.

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      JBC Sep 15, 2009 07:21 AM

      My advise is not that up to date as I can prepare a great steak at home, so when I go out I gravitate towards those places who specialize in dishes I can't, or won't because it takes way too much time, do at home. Having said all that - The Grill on the Alley has steaks and friends of mine think their Dover Sole special, which they often have, is the best they've ever had.


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        New Trial Sep 15, 2009 01:36 AM

        Much as I love the amazing porterhouse at Wolfgang's, it is not an ideal choice for the non-meat eater (in fact, the only other entree I would order there for dinner is the mammoth veal chop). The popover at BLT is terrific but I did not find the mains or sides to be up to par with the best steakhouses in the City. Better than Boa, though, which is more about scene than food, though I like brunch at the S.M. branch. Wutzizname's suggestion of Jar would be an excellent addition to your list and my top (prime?) recommendation for your needs. It is probably my favorite steak (and other grilled and braised foods) place in L.A. and they also handle fish beautifully.

        Jar Restaurant
        8225 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048

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        1. re: New Trial
          J.L. Sep 15, 2009 02:23 AM

          Yes, Jar should be in the discussion.

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            ipsedixit Sep 15, 2009 09:46 AM

            I don't consider Jar's non-beef main dishes to be worthy of consideration.

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          Hackenbush Sep 15, 2009 01:26 AM

          Another vote for Wolfgang's. The Porterhouse is as good as you're going to find anywhere and I love the German Fried Potatoes a lot. I've also found the place to have the best service of any steakhouse mentioned here.

          1. wutzizname Sep 15, 2009 12:10 AM

            Although I enjoyed STK when it first opened, a more recent visit was pretty disappointing.

            My one meal at BLT was also less than memorable.

            I haven't been to the new Boa location, but I have heard that it's a huge Hollywood-scene (if that's a pro or con in your book).

            I also haven't been to Wolfgang's in Beverly Hills, but if it doesn't live up to the one in New York then I'd definitely skip it. My meal at the New York one was an enormous let down for this level of high end steakhouses.

            Cut is a real treat, but obviously a whole other notch up on the check.

            Short of that, I still find Jar to be the second best steakhouse in L.A. In addition to the great sides and sauces, the many steaks I've had there have just been consistently better than the other places mentioned.

            1. peppermonkey Sep 14, 2009 11:35 PM

              wolfgang's....not as good as peter lugar but close

              1. ipsedixit Sep 14, 2009 11:05 PM

                If your choice comes down to STK, Boa or the old standby Arnie Morton's, then go to Morton's.

                But throw in Wolfgang's, then I would go to Wolfgang's.

                That said, I'm not sure any of your choices would be ideal for non-steak eaters. The seafood choices at Wolfgang's are completely insipid, taste like something Clifton's Cafeteria would serve on Lent.

                Boa does have a nice spaghetti and meatball dish that would make Chef Boyardee a bit, just a bit, nervous.

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                  Psiweaver Sep 14, 2009 09:32 PM

                  I'm a big fan of BLT steak. Had a great meal there on a night where we went to Boa, STK and BLT. I thought that BLT had the best food and was the most fun of all of them. STK had a few good things but overall was not impressed. Boa was good but not as good as BLT.

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                    ExtraCheesePlease Sep 14, 2009 08:46 PM

                    I know that Boa isn't highly thought of on Chowhound but the new space on Sunset just west of Doheny is probably the best use of outdoor dining space in Los Angeles. I have been 5 times in the last month and never had a bad meal. If you can get the patio, grab it. Its spectacular. As for the food, I love the 40 day age strip, the mac and cheese and the caesar. They do have a great John Dory selection as well as the oak plank salmon.

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                      SIMIHOUND Sep 14, 2009 09:03 PM

                      I just returned from Morton's in Canoga Park. The food was outstanding from start to finish. We had the wedge salad (which blew me away with size, freshness and flavor) tomato salad (I could have skipped that) porterhouse for two, hash browns, lionaise potatoes, garlic green beans, creamed spinach, two drinks, key lime pie, complimentary chocolate volcano cake (wifes BD) and coffee. Total was $215.00 and tip. I rarely go to Morton's but WOW! You get your moneys worth. OUTSTANDING!

                    2. J.L. Sep 14, 2009 08:35 PM

                      I think everyone will be happy with Wolfgang's Beverly Hills. Get the porterhouse for 2 - it's awesome.

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                        Pei Sep 14, 2009 10:44 PM

                        I second the rec for Wolfgang's. While it didn't stand up to the Wolfgang's in New York, the small issues I had with it were really minor and I think it's an amazing steakhouse for Los Angeles. It definitely blows Arnie Morton's and Ruth Chris out of the water, and is worth a try if you usually default to Morton's.

                        I do like Cut better, but it really is in a price point all by itself, and has a lot to offer besides steak. Wolfgang's is your best bet if you are looking for a classic steakhouse, both in ambiance and menu items.

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