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Independent Steakhouse?

DipCone Sep 22, 2010 11:05 AM

My steak-loving in-laws are coming for a visit next week. Finding a very good steak dinner is high on the list of priorities. No chains please, but any suggestions would be welcomed. I drove past The Wellington the other day, and that looked hip and fun, but we're talking in-laws here, and hip makes them uncomfortable, so that choice is probably out. Can you help point me to a winner?

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    RB Hound Sep 22, 2010 11:09 AM

    What do you consider a chain? By saying "no chains", you eliminate perfectly acceptable recommendations such as Donnovan's (4 restaurants total, 2 in San Diego), but I have a suspicion that you that is not what you mean by chain.

    Cowboy Star in the East Village, perhaps?

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      cstr Sep 22, 2010 11:33 AM

      Although they have a few locations, I don't consider them a chain, I like Donovan's. They serve USDA Prime and unlike most chop houses, their entree's include a veg and starch.

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      1. re: cstr
        Island Sep 22, 2010 11:53 AM

        Agree Donovan's and Cowboy Star would be my choices.

      2. honkman Sep 22, 2010 11:47 AM

        Cowboy Star

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        1. re: honkman
          Indirect Heat Sep 22, 2010 11:57 AM

          Cowboy Star is best steakhouse in SD. Dry-aged bone-in strip for the win.

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            DipCone Sep 22, 2010 12:15 PM

            Terrific. Thank you all. And, RB Hound, no, I think Donnovan's sounds fine. I was trying to avoid a Ruth's Chris or a Capital Grille type chain. I'll check these two out.

            1. re: DipCone
              stevewag23 Sep 23, 2010 05:51 AM

              Yeah go to Cowboy Star.

              Although Ruth's Chris is better than Donnovans in my opinion.

            2. re: Indirect Heat
              ibstatguy Sep 22, 2010 12:16 PM

              C Star

              1. re: ibstatguy
                Ewilensky Sep 22, 2010 12:17 PM

                Cowboy Star...

                1. re: Ewilensky
                  DipCone Sep 22, 2010 12:21 PM

                  Just made reservations at Cowboy Star. Looks tremendous. Thank you all!

          2. Fake Name Sep 22, 2010 05:12 PM

            CStar bison ribeye.*

            *Remember, it's grass-fed for delicious sustainability!

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            1. re: Fake Name
              Josh Sep 22, 2010 10:20 PM

              You wound me.

              1. re: Josh
                Fake Name Sep 23, 2010 04:42 AM

                Oh. Did you think that was a comment directed at you? Would I do something like that? It's SO passive-agressive, and so unlike me. : )

                Actually, the bison is grassfed, and delicious, and I do enjoy it more than the feedlot cows. But I can't resist taking a shot now and then. I'm a very small and nasty person.

                1. re: Fake Name
                  ibstatguy Sep 23, 2010 12:26 PM

                  go for lunch and try the bison burger

            2. mouthmusic Sep 24, 2010 09:39 PM

              I'm not a big steak house person, but I got taken to a real old-style place and have to say I really loved it. Red Tracton's Steak House in Del Mar. I absolutely loved the whole meal, service was perfect, but I loved the retro ambience just as much. It's a time capsule and not in a contrived way. it's just the same place it used to be and well kept up. It's a place you might have once expected Sinatra to hang out in. It's only hip in the ring-a-ding-ding sense. http://www.redtractonssteakhouse.com/

              Red Tracton's
              550 Via De La Valle, Solana Beach, CA 92075

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                normalheightsfoodie Sep 27, 2010 02:07 PM

                Bully's in Mission Valley is always great.

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                  mmjgam Sep 28, 2010 02:21 PM

                  Cowboy Star or Manhattan of La Jolla.

                  Manhattan of La Jolla
                  7766 Fay Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037

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