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Steak house in Pasadena CA?

I'd like to take my s.o. for steak since its his favorite food for his upcoming birthday-- so I'm looking for a place that has nice ambience ( and other food as well) that specializes in steak. There is JJ's and Ruth Chris that I can think of, but having not ever been to either, I'm not sure about picking one of them, or even if there is another place steak lovers would recommend. Definitely do not want to go to Clearman's on any place like that.

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  1. I'm partial to Arroyo Chop House, here is an old report to give you an idea of the place: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/51986

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    Arroyo Chop House
    536 S Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena, CA 91105

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    1. re: ChinoWayne

      Here's another vote for Arroyo Chop House... I was there a few months back and had the lamb chops which were AMAZING. Juicy, tender, and generously cut.

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      Arroyo Chop House
      536 S Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena, CA 91105

      1. re: sgt.spanky

        I would also give another vote for Arroyo Chop House.

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        Arroyo Chop House
        536 S Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena, CA 91105

        1. re: DrBruin

          Add my vote for Arroyo Chop House. The mac and cheese with ham is amazing. Last time we had it, along with a huge meal, we just sat there staring at each other mumbling "ham".

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          Arroyo Chop House
          536 S Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena, CA 91105

    2. Smitty's is not bad. Ruth's Chris has some decent specials and good meat.

      1. if you don't mind a 10 minute drive, taylor's in la canada is quite nice and is much better priced than jj's, ruth chris, arroyo or smitty's.

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        Taylor's Steakhouse
        901 Foothill Blvd, La Canada, CA 91011

        1. i don't think Taylors meat measures up to the others previously mentioned. My vote would be Arroyo Chop house, then Smitty's.

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          1. re: otisdog

            I haven't been to ACH, but as between Smitty's and Taylor's, I'd have to disagree. I think Taylor's steaks are better than those at Smitty's. It's close, though. And about the same price point, too. Now, if the OP wants to order a non-steak main course, the balance definitely tips in favor of Smitty's. Ultimately, I would be happy to be taken out to either place!

          2. If you want old scool ambience there's always Monty's

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            1. re: SeaCook

              At this point, it's very old school. The school's been closed for a couple of years now.

              1. re: mc michael

                Geez I move away from Pasadena for a couple of years and my favorite steakhouse closes. RIP Monty's Steakhouse :-(

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                Monty's Steakhouse
                5371 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA 91364

                1. re: SeaCook

                  The building has just been sitting there vacant for a couple of years.

                  1. re: mc michael

                    Well then <sigh> Arroyo Chop House would be the place to go.

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                    Arroyo Chop House
                    536 S Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena, CA 91105