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Good Boston steak NOT at a steakhouse

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Where is a good place to get a good steak in Boston that is NOT a steakhouse?
(sorry if this is in an earlier post - this is very difficult subject to search for)

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  1. I like the steak-frites at many of the French bistros around town: the Petit Roberts, Beacon Hill Bistro, Pierrot, Sel de la Terre, Aquitaine. Brazilian churrascarias are another good bet for relatively inexpensive steak: I really enjoyed my recent trips to Mix Flavor Brazilian Grill near Union Square, Somerville.

    http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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    Beacon Hill Bistro
    25 Charles St, Boston, MA 02114

    Sel de la Terre
    1245 Worcester Street, Natick, MA 01760

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    1. re: MC Slim JB

      I agree with MC about going the way of steak frites. I like the steak frites at Bella Luna in JP, as well as the version at 88 Wharf in Milton, though my favorite of them all is probably from the Blue Ox in Lynn.

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      Blue Ox
      191 Oxford Street, Lynn, MA 01901

      Bella Luna
      10 Market St, Portsmouth, NH 03801

      1. re: MC Slim JB

        Agree with this general theme. My favorite Steak Frites is the flatiron steak with excellent fries served at Vlora. Fun atmosphere too.

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        Vlora
        545 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

        1. re: MC Slim JB

          Just wanted to add the steak frites at Brasserie Jo to the list. Not a place you think of for inexpensive perhaps but very tasty and excellent value for what you do pay and enjoyable overall experience.

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          Brasserie Jo
          120 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02116

          1. re: psora

            Brasserie Jo belongs on my list, too: a great steak, and terrific frites, with three worthy sauce options (I usually get the Bordelaise.)

            http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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            Brasserie Jo
            120 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02116

          2. re: MC Slim JB

            Steak frites at Chez Henri is always excellent

            1. re: MC Slim JB

              What are your favorites at Mix Flavor?

              1. re: pocketviking

                FYI, Mix Flavor Grill is closed (about a year and a half ago). There is an Indian restaurant in its place which isn't meat oriented. Nearby Oliveira's Brazilian Steakhouse reopened the old "Cafe Belo" space on Washington Street last month which might be a good alternative.

            2. Prezza: http://www.prezza.com/

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              Prezza
              24 Fleet St., Boston, MA 02113

              1. A friend had dinner at Locke-Ober last week and he told me that his filet with bearnaise was, in his term, "outstanding."

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                Locke-Ober
                3 Winter Place, Boston, MA 02108

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                1. re: hazelhurst

                  On the elegant/expensive ends of things I would second the Locke-Ober recommendation, and also add L'Espalier. The Steak Frites at Central Kitchen are very good, although I would avoid that dish at the otherwise very good Franklin Cafe. Hungry Mother does a nice steak, in a more Southern preparation.

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                  L'Espalier
                  774 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199

                  Locke-Ober
                  3 Winter Place, Boston, MA 02108

                  Central Kitchen
                  567 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

                  Hungry Mother
                  Cambridge, MA, Cambridge, MA

                2. Tango in Arlington.
                  West in West Roxbury.

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                  1. re: scratchie

                    Another vote for Tango & Petit Robert Bistro. Has anyone had the steak frites @ Gaslight?

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                    Petit Robert Bistro
                    468 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA 02215

                    1. re: CookieLee

                      Both steaks at Gaslight are excellent, with different sauces. The steak frites, last I looked, was either a sirloin or a hangar, and the bar steak was a skirt. I don't know if skirt has suddenly gotten pricier (more people grilling fajitas at home in summer?), but the bar steak, which was once significantly cheaper than the steak frites, is now more expensive; I prefer it to the more tender steak-frites cut. I have not tried the Saturday-night special filet mignon, a steak that rarely interests me.

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                  2. I really like the steak frites at Central Kitchen.

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                    Central Kitchen
                    567 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

                    1. Agree with the steak frites and churrascaria recs. I've also always loved the steak at East Coast Grill. This is it's current incarnation:

                      Smoked Black Pepper and Garlic Grilled 16oz. New York Strip Steak with Orange-Chipotle Butter, Avocado-Roasted Corn-Chile Salad, Fried Sweet Potatoes & Farmer’s Cheese

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                      East Coast Grill and Raw Bar
                      1271 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

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                      1. re: BJK

                        I've got a work do at the Blue Room in a couple of days, and heard the steak there is any good...anyone care to verify?

                        thanks,

                        tb

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                        The Blue Room
                        Hampshire and Portland streets, Cambridge, MA 02139

                        1. re: trueblu

                          OK, went to the Blue Room last night. We had a limited menu since we had a party of 24 people. The starters were on the whole excellent, as was the asparagus course, and my fruit plate for dessert was superb -- on a par with the best I've had anywhere. However, my steak was mediocre. The quality of the meat was not good, I had asked for it sl. rare of medium-rare and it came medium (I'm not the sort to send a steak back unless it comes out well-done). But that aside, it just wasn't tasty.

                          Maybe it was because we were a group, but I won't order that again in any hurry.

                          tb

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                          The Blue Room
                          Hampshire and Portland streets, Cambridge, MA 02139

                      2. Thanks for all the great ideas. Went to Aquitaine, where my guest loved the steak frites.
                        Note, I also thought of Orinoco, but it is closed on Mondays

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                        1. re: jody

                          Orinoco! Yes! Incredible steak. Remember that one next time. I am very happy to hear they are closed Mondays. More restaurants should be closed one day a week.

                          1. re: jody

                            aquitaine steak frites- STILL great! that truffle vinaigrette (w/ real truffles, not just truffle oil) is really outstanding in its field!

                          2. I really enjoy the steaks at Prezza. I have found the steaks there to be superior to most steakhouses. Beyond French bistros, there are good steaks at Union Bar and Grille, Bergamot, and the South End Buttery.

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                            Prezza
                            24 Fleet St., Boston, MA 02113

                            Union Bar and Grille
                            1357 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02118

                            South End Buttery
                            314 Shawmut Avenue, Boston, MA 02118

                            1. Have always had very good luck bringing clients to The Oak Room at the Copley Plaza. They do a great job with steaks. Good room to conduct business. Excellent wine cellar as well.

                              Also, the Blue Room in Cambridge is very good for steaks.
                              Enjoy,
                              CocoDan

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                              Oak Room
                              138 St. James Avenue, Boston, MA 02116

                              The Blue Room
                              Hampshire and Portland streets, Cambridge, MA 02139

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                              1. re: CocoDan

                                and the Chateaubriand for two makes for a very cost effective and high quality dinner for two people there......though if yours is a business dinner, it may be kind of strange splitting a piece of meat between the two of you.....

                              2. The tastiest, tenderest hangar steak I've had in a while was at Metropolis in the South End. Not exactly a steak frites, they serve it with truffled mashed potatoes and watercress salad. I also love that fact that it's a nicely reasonable portion, not one of those steak house monstrosities.

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                                Metropolis Cafe
                                584 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02118

                                1. I don't eat steak, but my husband's favorite place to get one is Sorellina, which I don't think the average person would consider to be a steakhouse.

                                  1. Just want to add Eastern Standard ha a great flat iron steak frites for about 22$. Awesome quality steak with a good bearnaise sauce.

                                    I second Chez Henri and Petit Robert Bistro as well. Chez henri has a brown steak sauce which is different but delicious, with great quality steak. Robert bistro has the worst quality steak of the 3 (still very good just not as good) , a thin skirt steak. Robert bistro has a great bearnaise.

                                    Robert bistro and ES are about 22$ each, Chez Henri is around 32$. Not worth the price hike in my opinion (but this is why they constantly offer groupons).

                                    1. I heart the steak frites at Franklin and the bar steak at Gaslight.

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