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Fresh Lobster in the Cities and Good meaat

For a new college graduate who loves east coast lob ... and his 12 midwestern older relatives who are meat and potato types. Looking for a place that does both well, not frozen lob tail. A cut below Manny's or St. Paul Grille price-wise. Strip Club out because of grass fed... it would taste off to these corn-fed folks.

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The Strip Club
378 Maria Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55106

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  1. Given your criteria, your options are limited. The old-school surf and turf joint isn't really en vogue right now. I would look at Mancini's or Jensen's Supper Club.

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    Jensen's Supper Club
    3840 Sibley Memorial Highway, Eagan, MN 55122

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    1. re: kevin47

      This older thread recommends Jax Cafe. I haven't had steak or lobster there personally, but they have both, so maybe someone else can vouch for the general quality.

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/317298

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      Jax Cafe
      1928 University Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55418

      1. re: LiaM

        I was thinking of Jax when I read this request, but from looking at the menu, it appears that the price point may be too high. Food is fairly solid and it has a retro supper clubby feel.

        I've enjoyed my meals at Jax - admittedly I've not had steak or lobster there - but the OP should check out the menu to see whether it meets his/her needs from a pricing standpoint.

        My other idea was Erte, but I don't think they do lobster. I would recommend them for a steak that's priced below the big steak houses.

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        Erte
        323 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN

        1. re: bob s

          Yeah, at Jax's price point, I'd hit up Capital Grille, or spend a bit more and go for the big guns.

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          Jax Cafe
          1928 University Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55418

          Capital Grille
          801 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55402

      2. re: kevin47

        Not looking for surf and turf, which is typically frozen lob tail and a petite filet. Want a big three pound maine lobster for the graduate, solid beef for the old schoolers, and a nice fish or veal for the out of towners.. Just had a couple of cancellations, so may spring for the sure bets. Jax looked interesting because of the trout pond (three of the guys are fishermen) but hunch their steaks aren't at the level of Manny or St. Paul Grill.

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        Jax Cafe
        1928 University Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55418

        1. re: louuuuu

          There is an excellent chance that steaks-at-the-level-of-Manny's-et-al-but-not-their-prices is a chimera.

          The spots that I've seen that have a tank for whole lobsters are either seafood spots, Chinese restaurants, or high-end. Jax, Capital Grille, the Steakhouse Offerings on the Oceanaire menu.

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          Jax Cafe
          1928 University Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55418

          Capital Grille
          801 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55402

          1. re: louuuuu

            I think you will have a difficult time finding a 3 pound lobster around here - on the whole we typically only see 1 1/2s (quarters). According to their website (http://www.jaxcafe.com/2010specials.p... has "live lobster Sunday": 1 1/2# lobster for $30

            Looking at Capital Grille's site (http://www.thecapitalgrille.com/menu/...) they claim to have 2, 3, and 4 pound fresh lobster available...

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            Capital Grille
            801 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55402

        2. To report back on the choice... ended up at Jax because I thought Old School might be fun. Throughback. Well, Old school was just out of date in every regard.

          Overpriced medicore entrys, slooowwwwwwwwww service (entries didn't arrive until over an hour into the meal with the waiter testily lecturing "It's Saturday night and we're busy, there's five tables ahead of you -- felt like we were in queue on the tarmac, btw 'Well, Folks" are not two words you want to hear from the pilot.) and a decor that if not threadbare, is long in the tooth. The location and neighborhood are funky at best.... but like everything else at JAX have certainly seen their better days

          As for the lobster, ended up ordering two for the grad since the biggest was a 1 1/4... and the cost was exorbitant, nearly a hundred.

          the beaf eaters all commented that their rare steaks came in medium... but no one cared to send back because of the wait. In fact, the beef was served lukewarm without steak knives and the waiter had to be reminded twice to bring them. My ribeye was gristly and because of the already high fat ratio inherent in a good rib cut, it sure didn't need to be smothered in sauted onions and mushrooms (cheap domestic) on top of hashbrowns. A melange of greese.

          I should have booked St. Paul Grill sooner. Huge mistake.

          And being a child of the Midwest cornfields, I'm not an east coast snob, but the prices were on a par with Sparks and The Palm in NY, with entries and service more appropriate to Outback.

          As for the engraved matchbooks, while the Grad liked seeing his name emblazoned on them, we all thought who really uses matches much anymore? Another artifact, from times gone by.

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          Jax Cafe
          1928 University Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55418

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          1. re: louuuuu

            Yeah, they won't be busy on Saturday nights for very long with that attitude and that price point. Artifact from times gone by about summed up my experience as well. Sorry for your disappointment.

            1. re: louuuuu

              I'm sorry to hear about that louuuu. As one of the folks who led you in that direction, I apologize and will rethink my recommendations for Jax in the future.

              1. re: bob s

                Don't worry about it at all, and no apolgoies needed. My main mistake was seeking Lobster in Walleye land! I should have heeded the visitor's maxim... try to eat local.

                1. re: louuuuu

                  The walleye you get in restaurants here isn't much more local than a lobster.

                  1. re: MSPD

                    If it's even walleye to begin with.