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Edward's Steakhouse in El Monte is closing

raytamsgv Jul 15, 2010 10:35 AM

I can't say I'm a huge fan of this place, but it is closing on July 25.

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    andytseng Jul 15, 2010 04:26 PM

    I used to work right next to this place, and I was always surprised that it was still going. Just didn't work with the shifting demographic.

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    1. re: andytseng
      ipsedixit Jul 15, 2010 04:29 PM

      Uh ... what demographic did it exactly work with? :-)

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        mc michael Jul 15, 2010 08:08 PM

        I think it was the cheap big group business lunch demographic. Been there forever.

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          ipsedixit Jul 16, 2010 03:16 PM

          I was actually being facetious.

          I think their demographic all died about 10 years ago.

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            Sam D. Jul 18, 2010 08:35 AM

            The surrounding area near Flair drive used to be populated by manufacturers and staffed by large numbers of skilled and well paid workers. By the 1990s most of those companies were leaving or had left and the buildings were converted to warehouses for imported goods that depend mostly on small numbers of low paid, unskilled or semi skilled workers. Not exactly an ideal target market for an old school steakhouse. The economic downturn made things worse but Edward's was foundering even before the recession.

            IMO they also made a mistake by bailing on their prior Alvarado location just before the Red Line opened. They could have had the same customer base from downtown that now sustains Langer's.

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              reality check Jul 18, 2010 12:09 PM

              When did the Alvarado location close? I thought it was long before the Red Line opened in the 90's.

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                Steve Green Jul 18, 2010 01:02 PM

                So did I, but it turns out it didn't close till 1990:
                Sorry if that link requires a subscription -- the gist of the article is that the neighborhood had gone to hell, and longtime customers didn't want to visit anymore. I thought the key phrase was: "Somebody was lying on the sidewalk leaking blood"

                The Red Line opened in '93 -- not as big a gap as I had thought, but 1990 was not exactly "just before the Red Line opened", either. Three years can be an eternity in terms of restaurant survivability.

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                mucho gordo Jul 22, 2010 04:34 PM

                Is that the one (on Alvarado) that used to be called House of Edwards"? I remember they had sawdust on the floor. It was too many years ago so I really don't remember the steaks.

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        heckonwheels Jul 17, 2010 08:03 AM

        They were a decent, old school kind of steak place with a few different items on the menu. Used to go there often about 15 years ago. Went just a couple of times over the last year. Food was still good but the service was dreadful...including Thursday night when we went for one last time. Can't say I'm surprised.

        1. Steve Green Jul 17, 2010 09:15 AM

          I have fond memories of the original Edward's on Alvarado -- my parents took us there a couple of times back in the sixties. About 10 years ago we happened upon the El Monte location and gave it a try, but it wasn't as good as the old place -- at least how I remembered the old place. But steaks were definitely better then, than they are now.

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            Feed_me Jul 17, 2010 08:45 PM

            I fondly remember the old Alvarado location. It was an "old school kind of steak place" like heckonwheels points out. It had sawdust on the floor and every table had a container of applebutter. This is well before the big foodie craze so the food was pretty good back then and my friends and I would end up there about once a month. I remember the lovely "Maria" and when she left to go to Arizona we were all royally bummed out. A couple of guys at the El Monte location we'd see when we went, but because of the location we were there less frequently. Anyway, I'm talking to some friends about hitting it up one last time.
            Thanks for posting the link "raytamsgv."

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            1. re: Feed_me
              mucho gordo Jul 22, 2010 04:38 PM

              Sounds like the same one I remember being called the "House of Edward"

            2. monku Jul 21, 2010 10:50 PM

              LA Times 7/22/10

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                TonyC Jul 22, 2010 04:53 PM

                Fave part of the piece: "The big businesses that were around here when we opened — companies like Xerox — have been replaced by importers."

                So "Asians" don't like $10 ground beef lunch? You don't say? 3 item lunch box up the street is $5. Banh mi the other direction is $2.25. Drove by Edward's enroute to a bathroom fixture "importer" on Tuesday. I'm pretty sure they've never eaten at their neighbors, so it seems the LAT piece was spot on.

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                  monku Jul 22, 2010 05:06 PM

                  I hadn't been there in 30 years and I see it by the freeway all the time. Drove around 15 minutes before I was able to find the place. Rosemead east exit was closed.
                  Maybe people get lost and never get there?

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                mc michael Jul 22, 2010 06:17 AM

                I'm thinking that one of the Clearman's stores can substitute for Edward's if someone needs to go there.

                Clearman's Restaurants
                540 N Azusa Ave, Covina, CA 91722

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                1. re: mc michael
                  monku Jul 22, 2010 07:05 AM

                  Price points are different.
                  NY steak dinner @ Edwards about $20
                  NY steak dinner @ Clearmans about $33

                  Clearman's Restaurants
                  540 N Azusa Ave, Covina, CA 91722

                  1. re: monku
                    mc michael Jul 22, 2010 03:16 PM

                    OK, then how about Steven's Steakhouse?

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                      kevin Jul 22, 2010 03:21 PM

                      oh, ok, i got the two steakhouses confused, I thought Steven's in the city of industry or is it commerce area, near the casino was closing? but it's edwards right off the 10 fewy in el monte? that's closing?

                      anyhow, of the two steakhouses at similar price points which one was better?

                      1. re: kevin
                        mc michael Jul 22, 2010 03:27 PM

                        It's been too long for me to opine.

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                          monku Jul 22, 2010 04:40 PM

                          Steven's Steak House is in the City of Commerce. Been probably 20 years since I've been there and most of the time it was for banquets. Steaks weren't bad but I think there was a time when they served a darn good prime rib. I'm sure the quality of the steak is the same as you'd get at Edwards (USDA Choice).

                          Steven's & Edwards were "the" steak house joints before the prime places like Mortons and Ruth's Chris came along. Now you've got the upper cut places like Cut and Wolfgang's.

                          From the Steven's and Edwards genre Taylor's would be in the same league and I'd say slightly better.

                          Steven's has a good location and loyal following so I'm sure they'll be around for a while longer.


                          1. re: monku
                            mc michael Jul 22, 2010 04:59 PM

                            Now that you mention it I think there were times in the past when they had some sort of all you can eat prime rib special. Odd link you have there.

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                              kevin Jul 22, 2010 05:53 PM

                              for some reason, chowhound adds the link itself, even if it's not the joint you're talking about. and unless you check that's the link that shows up, for some weird reason.

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                                monku Jul 22, 2010 06:18 PM

                                Didn't notice it when I posted. It's removed.

                    2. monku Jul 22, 2010 04:23 PM

                      Decided to pay my final respects to Edwards Steakhouse. Been 30 years since I was there last. Parking lot was full without a space when I left at noon. Had the 12 oz. John L. Sullivan NY Steak $18.95. It was what you'd expect for a $20 steak dinner.
                      They're expecting a brisk business till they close and no reservations.

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                      1. re: monku
                        kevin Jul 22, 2010 05:55 PM

                        shoot , now i kinda wanna try them out, but i've never been before, and if i only go once, and it's really good then what's the use.

                        they're open everyday for lunch and dinner until closing? prices sounds like taylor's prices (i really do like taylor's even if it's not in the same league as dan tana's or cut).

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                          mc michael Jul 22, 2010 07:29 PM

                          go to Taylor's it's better. maybe costs a tiny bit more, but better. and it will still be there. do you really like wakes?

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                            monku Jul 22, 2010 07:42 PM

                            The atmosphere was business as usual. Our waitress Olga was upbeat and no mention of the impending closure. I thought the clam chowder you get with most meals was good.

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