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Mar 5, 2010 05:04 AM

Good steak near LAX

Taking a red-eye east next week and would like a nice steak before I leave. Don't mind a chain like Fleming's or Ruth's Chris. Anything close to the airport?

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    1. re: Servorg

      Definately George Petralli's on Sepulveda at Jefferson - 5 minutes north of LAX. Excellent steaks, more reasonable than Palm, Ruth Chris etc.

      1. re: Jeryy

        I guess I've been to Petrelli's on the order of 4 or 5 times over the years, and I've just never thought their steaks were that good. Very reasonably priced though, and the service was always fine. Which cut do you usually have?

        George Petrelli's Steak House
        5615 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230

        1. re: Servorg

          Petrelli's steaks are good...not great...during the week, their filet special for two is a good deal and the meat is quite good. IMHO you go to Petrelli's for the old school atmosphere, a stiff drink at the bar, and an excellent burger (med rare) with outstanding grilled onions! At lunch, they have a beef "dip" sandwich that is very good...and very filling!

          1. re: TravelPath

            My problem is, when I want a good steak I just would not think of going to Petrelli's. If I was looking for a filling meal at an inexpensive price, I might give them a shot. But the quality of the beef we've had has been much too tough and flavorless.

            In fact, if we went back I would probably have something like a ground beef steak or maybe chicken. I'll bet it's been 10 years since our last visit. I put them a step down to Billingsley on Pico, and that's another place we don't tend to go to if we are looking for a good steak.

            When was the last time you ate at Petrilli's? How often do you go?

            1. re: Servorg

              Completely concur with Servorg. Petrelli's steaks are mediocre. You get what you pay for here. Filling dinners at a good price. It's too bad because it could be a great old school steak house in our neighborhood with a total revamp of the place. Billingsley's & Buggy Whip are pretty much the same deal. If you want a good steak in this area, you can't beat Flemings.

              1. re: Servorg

                Actually I had a burger there this evening...outstanding...and Mrs. TravelPath had an awesome lamb shank...all very satisfying and well prepared! To answer your question, I have been going to Petrelli's...this location and the previous one across the street...since 1951...and my father started going in 1939 when it was called the Airport Cafe and he would land and park his aircraft next to the restaurant! I don't go as often as I used to because of my work travel schedule...but I still go once every couple of months. The quality has not changed much over the years...this is primarily a working man's steak house with the quality and prices to match...I would not compare it to Morton's or Peter Luger's...but I find it much superior to Billingsley's...another restaurant I have been going to for ages!

        2. re: Servorg

          I second Flemings. Consistenly good.

          1. re: Servorg

            My dear wife recently received a gift cert for Fleming's. Stupid me said, "Hey - why don't you and the girls (her buds) go there for dinner and have a good time - I'll drive you folks there and pick you guys up when you're done and I'll watch the kids (a total of five of them) in the mean time" I don't know why I said it - just a knee-jerk reaction when she told me about the gift cert. If you have any suggestions for Fleming's, I'm all ears. TIA!

            1. re: bulavinaka

              I'm a sucker for a great rib eye and they have delivered the goods. For me, steakhouses are all about the steak...(the baked potato, butter, sour cream and bacon bits along with the asparagus with hollandaise are hard to screw up).

              1. re: Servorg

                Juicy luscious rib eye and all the fixin's - thanks!

          2. I'm pretty sure i've seen the Buggy Whip om La Tierja written up in LA mag as best steak quite a few times, although I can't personally vouch for it.

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              1. re: schrutefarms

                The Buggy Whip is a step back into the history of Los Angeles. Mickey Cohen used to dine there. For those of you not old enough to recognize that name, Google it. The steaks are v ery good but certainly not great If you get an ole enough waitress she can tell you about Mickey Cohen. The crab claws if in season are unbeatable and OMG they actually serve Green Goddess dressing..

                Buggy Whip Restaurant
                7420 La Tijera Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

              2. There's a Houston's, Flemings, Paul Martin's Bistro (owned by Flemings) all on the same street. A tad bit closer to the airport is Salt Creek Grille.

                If it were me, I'd go Houston's or Flemings. Houston's has good steaks (a prime NY on the specials list) and includes a side, so a bit of a better value.

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                1. re: Azizeh

                  We like Houston's too, and have been to that one several times since it was built. But with a "no reservations" policy the wait can be considerable depending on the day and time you are there.

                  1. re: Servorg

                    I believe that policy has changed and you can make reservations now.

                    1. re: Azizeh

                      That's good to know. Thanks for the heads up. When our son was little we went to the movies every Friday night at the Century City Mall and we ate at the Houston's there probably at least a hundred times. We got to know all the waiters and waitresses and the hostesses and never had to wait for a table.

                2. I think that Shula's 347 at the Sheraton Gateway makes a very good steak. I was taken here by a client who needed to catch a plane, and I went skeptically. But I was more than pleasantly surprised.

                  Shula's 347
                  6101 West Century Blvd.
                  Los Angeles, CA 90045

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                  1. re: pinpei

                    Shula's 347 has closed. Website doesn't list a Los Angeles location anymore.