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Sep 22, 2010 11:05 AM

Independent Steakhouse?

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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  1. 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?

    1. 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

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

        1. re: honkman

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

          1. re: Indirect Heat

            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

              Yeah go to Cowboy Star.

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

                1. re: Ewilensky

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

          2. CStar bison ribeye.*

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

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              1. re: Josh

                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

                  go for lunch and try the bison burger

            1. 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.

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