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Dec 2, 2009 04:57 PM

Best Steak Tartare and Best Steak Frites?

Where to have the best steak tartare and best steak frites in Boston, Cambridge, Somerville or Arlington?

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  1. best steak tartare = butcher shop in the south end

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    1. re: scubajane

      best steak tartare = Central Kitchen

      1. re: ac106

        Actually, the best steak tartare is at L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon (pricey though). Haven't tried anything notable in the Boston area.

        For steak frites, perhaps try Grill 23 ($29)? They use prime skirt steaks and it's unlikely you'll find many places using better beef for their steak frites. Not really steak frites, but Craigie on Main has a grass-fed hangar steak à la poêle, with roasted bone marrow, corned beef cheek, creamed spinich, and sweet potato fries ($36). Very pricey, but it does sound appealing.

        1. re: hcbk0702

          Well, when lekkereten posts on the NYC board, that will be a very helpful rec but since this is the Boston board....

        2. re: ac106

          agree that the central kitchen version was pretty good. haven't had it recently though..not sure if anything has changed. iirc the dish came with a delicious quail egg.

          1. re: mgcmonkey

            Reporting back: Decided to go to Central Kitchen last night. Used to frequent it when it first opened, but I had not been there much in recent years. To my delight both steak tartare and steak frites were on the menu. We shared these after a dozen oysters. Good quantity of food for two.
            - Mignonette was too spicy, would have overwhelmed the oysters. Prefer oyster as is anyway, so had it on bread. CK used to do a blood orange/champagne (iirc?) mignonette in their early days. It was amazing, would like to see that back.
            - Steak tartare was hand-cut. Agree with MC Slim JB on that point. Had a quail egg on top, cute, but should have been yolk only, no egg white please. We thought tartare was too cold and that the flavors would have come out much better if less chilled. I liked it though.
            - Steak frites. Frites were average, steak was good cut of meat, nicely grilled. Liked the garlic butter and watercress salad.
            Not the best steak tartare and steak frites I have had, but both were quite tasty. Will go back to CK, if not to try their Foie Gras Toad-in-a-hole. That sounded very intruiging!

            1. re: lekkereten

              never really liked ck's steak frites. i remember the fries were pretty bad the couple times i had it. glad to hear the steak tartare still comes with a quail egg.

        3. re: scubajane

          Similar Im sure- but the steak tartare at Drink is pretty incredible

          1. re: fmcoxe6188

            True, it's mighty tasty at Drink, but it is also pretty incredibly small for $12 or so as well, even if yo don't share one of the three bites.

            1. re: rlh

              Just had the Eastern Standard rendition last night - it's great - more classic style (and not at all overseasoned), much larger and with decent shoestring fries for the same price as the three bites at Drink - my new go-to dish at Eastern Standard.

        4. I almost always get the steak frites at Brasserie Jo, alternating between the Parisian style with mustard butter and the version with roquefort butter. They have steak tartare as well, but I've not had it. The frites there are just outstanding.

          I had a very nice steak frites at Beacon Hill Bistro a while back, but I've only been there the one time, so I don't know that I would call it the "best" in the area.

          1. i like the yuk hwe (korean beef tartare) at wuchon house in somerville. the kitfo (ethiopian beef tartare) at habesha is really good too but it's in malden

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            1. re: galangatron

              Steak Frites - Aquitaine, Brasserie Jo, Gaslight and Sel De La Terre all have good versions. Edge to Sel De La Terre cause of their fries.

            2. try also the beef carpaccio at Scampo if you like raw beef, and the Kobe at O-ya (no frites though)

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                1. I searched all over the board before I posted and did not get any results for the topic you just posted. Thanks for that, and more importantly how did you retrieve it? Is there an archive you need to search separately, seeing this topic is over a year old? Thanks.

                  1. re: lekkereten

                    After you do a board search which gives results for the past 12 months, you can refine those search parameters - there are several drop-down boxes and so on. One of those is "Date," and you can then adjust your search to "past 5 years."

                    That said, if your query doesn't give results within the last year, my feeling is that it's entirely fair to ask again on the board - restaurants open, close, go downhill, improve dramatically, and so on.

                    1. re: lekkereten

                      Welcome, lekkereten. It's sort of a rite of passage, I guess, to be lectured about seacrh. Search is fine if it works, but if I don't see a result from the last year, I always ask again. It could be a subject well worth bumping.

                      There are NO dumb questions! :-)

                      1. re: sophie fox

                        Thanks for the search tips and welcome words. :) I appreciate all the fresh news, esp on steak tartare - have an insane craving for that right now.

                        1. re: lekkereten

                          Grill 23:

                          Steak tartare* $15 w/bacon & eggs, molly’s potato bread toasts