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Best High End Money No Object Steak Dinner in MSP??

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  • MarkG Aug 2, 2010 02:12 PM
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Ruth Chris?? Murrays?? Manny's??

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  1. I wouldn't leave The Strip Club or Capital Grille out of the discussion.

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

    Capital Grille
    801 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55402

    1. Manny's.

      Best wine list (Capital Grill probably comes in second) in the "money no object" category and best ribeyes in town.

      1. Murrays...food is good and I liked the atmosphere betterr than Manny's...

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        1. re: AmyMo

          I am a huge Manny's fan. I usually dine there once a month or so. However, my brother is a huge Capitol Grill fan. He treated me to a birthday dinner back in June and I must admit (and it kills me), he may be right. The steak was as good, if not better than Manny's. I would maintain that I like the side dishes better at Manny's. Both have good wine lists. I feel as though Ruth Chris has declined steadily over the past few years. Not a fan of The Strip Club.

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

          1. re: leeniebeanie

            Also not a fan of The Strip Club.

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

        2. I have many friends I trust who would tell you Capital Grille is the no-brainer choice. Especially if you are merely concerned about best steak dinner where cost, tradition, etc, are irrelevant.

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          Capital Grille
          801 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55402

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          1. re: Brad Ballinger

            Capital Grill is the best. First, they dry age their prime meat on the premises (not everyone in town even uses prime meat). Second, it is always good. I used to go to Mortons. When it was great it was really great but not consistently. Cap Grill is always good to great. Third, outstanding fish. If you want a break from meat, they really have the best Tuna in town. I have it for lunch. Comparing it to the Manny's version is not fair. Manny's reminded me of what you get in a tuna salad at Chilis. I have had really bad meals at Manny's and Seven. Manny's may have the best sides but I don't like the way they season their meat. Their aged meat tastes very gamey. Cap grill's sides are not far behind.

            Runner up - I have always been partial to Murrays. I used to go and get the "golden butter knife" which they no longer carry on the menu. The sides are not outstanding. The salad and the garlic taost make up for it. I would still get the silver butter knife. I am told if you call a few days in advance you may still get the golden which is a huge porterhouse roast and the closest thing we had to Peter Lugers.

            Up and coming. Although not a steakhouse, the Steak for 4 at Bar lagrassa was very good in the Peter Lugers vein.

            1. re: Latinpig

              Went to Giannis lat night. They have a new owner (and chef) and I thought the food has improved dramatically. I used to go and I loved the salad but that was it. The meat was never a highlight. They also never let you bring your own wine (was one of the few places in town other than Oceaniare). As a wine guy this always bugged me. The new owner allows BYOB with avery reasonable 15.00 corkage.

              First the bad - Very little in the way of bad. We met another couple at the bar. I ordered a Manhattan with Rye wiskey instead of Bourbon. He did not know what Rye was. After showing me a few bottles, I settled on Makers Mark to avoid any more agony. We then went to our seats The winelist is still not great but now they allow BYOB so it is less of an issue

              The good/great: The chop salad has always been good. It continues to stand out along with the Wildfire grill salad as being one of the best in town. They spin the salad in a chilled bowl sitting in another bowl filed with ice. A very nice touch ala Lawreys Prime Rib. Walking by to our table I noticed a patron had the most beautiful perfectly charred bone in ribeye. It looked very tempting but I opted for the ribeye which was cooked perfeclt medium rare. The quality of the meat was oustanding (an issue I had with them before) and the seasoning was done right. Very close to Capilal Grill except the Cap Grill ages their Porterhouse. For a side we had an oustanding hashbrown filed with sourcream, cheese and some other goodies.

              As an added bonus, they had a magician walking around to different tables. We had a blast with her culminating with my wife's playing card with her name on it shot to the ceiling were it remained.

              Great night. I would urge people to check it out again.

          2. The best steak I've had in the Twin Cities was a NY Strip at the St. Paul Grill. It was a photographic thing of beauty cooked medium rare to perfection.

            A close second was a bone-in tenderloin at Kozy's in Edina. It's now closed, but the tenderloin is the same one they serve at their sister restaurant, Jax Cafe.

            Avoid Kincaid's. I've never had a good steak there in two visits. Haven't hit the downtown Minneapolis steakhouses yet.

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            Jax Cafe
            1928 University Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55418

            1. It depends if you want to go to a National Chain or not.

              If you want a local joint, it's likely Muarry's.

              If you want a national chain, it is likely the Capital Grill or Manny's. As you can see by the comments, it's a mixed bag as to which is better. If you actually post what type of cut of meat you are looking for, it might help. The bone-in ribeye steaks that I've had at Manny's are, in my opinion, the best cut of meat in this town.

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              1. re: Db Cooper

                Just FYI -- Manny's is not a chain. Owned by a restaurant group (Parasole), but it's the only outlet.

                I think Manny's/Cap Grille/Ruth's Chris are a matter of personal preference -- all excellent. Murray's, much as I love the steak sandwich at lunch and the atmosphere, doesn't quite stack up.

                1. re: mncharm

                  It's the only outlet now. Several folks I know have looked and/or been asked about financing expansion. I am not sure, but I think they tried it for a bit in Washington DC a few years ago. Could have swore some of my political buds ate at the DC one, but I could be wrong.

              2. We recently had a great experience at the (sort of) newly reborn Lexington on Grand. They are getting their beef from a small producer in Nebraska-I swear they raise the bulls on a diet of pure butter...one of the best steaks i have ever had. I wish there was a meat market in town that sold that beef, I'd have to try it on the home grill. And you just can't beat the Lex's dining room-it's like pure Hollywood.

                1. Manny's, Murray's, and Capital Grille are the top three in my book. All are slightly different and excellent for their own reasons. You won't go wrong going to any of them if you're saving up for the once-in-a-lifetime visit, but if you have the opportunity try all three.

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                  Capital Grille
                  801 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55402