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My Quest for the Quiet Man Steak Tip Recipe Has End [moved from Boston]

typhoonfish Feb 19, 2010 09:34 AM

I don't know how many people tried Quiet Man steak tips in Southie but they were up there with some of the best tips I've ever had, up there with the Newbridge tips. I was able to track down through a friend someone who used to cook at the Quiet Man. Just got my email back. I was expecting a super secret recipe with possum toes, paint thinner and Mountain Dew . No such luck.

" They were easy. marinate the tips in KENS italian dressing. when they're cooking on the grill mix brown sugar and soy sauce in a jar and paint the tips as they cook. let me know how you make out. "

What a letdown!!

Harumpf... I still will make them this weekend.

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    mastero Mar 1, 2010 05:39 PM

    Did you make the tips? How much soy sauce and brown sugar? Equal parts?

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      Pegmeister Feb 19, 2010 10:20 AM

      Now is this the same cook that worked on Wednesdays and made that tremendous prime rib? That's what I miss about the Quiet Man.

      1. MC Slim JB Feb 19, 2010 10:11 AM

        Many places advertising "sirloin tips" are using flap meat: it's cheap, flavorful, and is well-served by the "cut against the grain, marinate, grill over high heat" treatment. It often gets served at French-leaning places (like Ten Tables Cambridge) as "bavette".

        I recently tried the steak tips at Sonny Noto's in Central Square, Eastie, and was very favorably impressed. Definitely New Bridge-esque: a rather sweet marinade, an excellent grill job, a giant iceberg-lettuce salad on the side.


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        1. re: MC Slim JB
          typhoonfish Feb 19, 2010 10:19 AM

          Their meat purveyor was the Butcher Block who went out of business or is operating out of one truck now . They only do sauces. Their bread purveyor was Quinazni's bakery

          1. re: MC Slim JB
            gimlis1mum Feb 19, 2010 10:24 AM

            Would that flap meat be the same thing as sirloin butt flap? We got a few packs of those in our meat CSA and I have been trying to figure out what to do with them.

            1. re: MC Slim JB
              nsenada Feb 19, 2010 10:38 AM

              I always thought the stuff you see packaged as "sirloin tips" was from the round, or "knuckle." Is sirloin tip a generic term that can be applied to different cuts?

              1. re: MC Slim JB
                Bob Dobalina Feb 19, 2010 10:41 AM

                What is Sonny Noto's like otherwise, in terms of setting and other menu choices? I have often wondered.

                1. re: Bob Dobalina
                  MC Slim JB Feb 19, 2010 10:59 AM

                  Ha! I wondered about Sonny's, too, for about 100 years. It never gets mentioned here. It's like an oversized Italian-American counter-service sub shop. Excellent cutlet subs, plus they do modest pasta dishes that are really very nice. Breakfast, too. The steak tips were my favorite, though.

                  With the caveat that my grasp of butchery is limited:

                  Lots of different parts get labeled "tips": I'm not surprised to hear that some round is labeled thus, but round cuts are located in the rump area. Flap is a cut that extends from the end of the Porterhouse / T-bone area toward the short loin, the side of the sirloin opposite from the round. Butt steaks are taken from the sirloin, though they're not the choicest cuts.


                2. re: MC Slim JB
                  powerfulpierre Feb 19, 2010 10:55 AM

                  I'm glad you mentioned Sonny Noto's and great to hear about their tips, which I have not tried. Sonny is opening a site in Wakefield where Toody's used to be. We're pretty excited about it.

                3. nsenada Feb 19, 2010 09:58 AM

                  It's funny, I automatically react with skepticism whenever I see that the ancient secrets of [Quiet Man Steak Tips, Jordan Marsh Blueberry Muffins, Newbridge Steak Tips, Topsy's Fried Chicken] have finally been disclosed by a disgruntled ex-employee, who extracted them from the owner either [while on a bender, having accidentally left the man-sized safe containing the secret recipe open, using electrified alligator clips hooked up to a cyclotron]. I think a cookbook using this as a theme is in order.

                  1. nsenada Feb 19, 2010 09:52 AM

                    Try making with bits of real panther. I may actually try that "recipe" out - I still haven't gotten over the loss of The Quiet Man. They were the only steak tips I ever actually sought out in a restaurant.

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                    1. re: nsenada
                      typhoonfish Feb 19, 2010 09:55 AM

                      I'm going to ask which meat purveyor they bought them from and what cut they got.

                      I will go pay cash to the purveyor.

                      1. re: nsenada
                        C. Hamster Feb 19, 2010 10:21 AM

                        Me neither. Plus it's still there, adding insult to injury.

                        I had a feeling the "secret" was something like Ken's dressing.

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                        scratchie Feb 19, 2010 09:43 AM

                        Maybe you could substitute Mountain Dew for the brown sugar. 8-)

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                          fourunder Feb 19, 2010 09:41 AM

                          What cut of steak is used?

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