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Jane Hyde Nov 8, 2010 01:59 PM

Any recommendations for top quality steak in Cambridge? Any suggestions welcome. Thanks.

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  1. FastTalkingHighTrousers RE: Jane Hyde Nov 8, 2010 02:37 PM

    Restaurant or market? Or both?

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      Jane Hyde RE: FastTalkingHighTrousers Nov 8, 2010 06:39 PM

      Sorry, I should have been more specific - - we are looking for a restaurant that serves excellent steak. Carty's response - - go to Boston - - is what I suspected. That Boston has many offerings, but not Cambridge.

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      Carty RE: Jane Hyde Nov 8, 2010 05:37 PM

      Recommendation: go to Boston. You are right there.

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        Jane Hyde RE: Carty Nov 9, 2010 04:27 AM

        It sounds like Boston may be a better choice than Cambridge. I've dined at all the chains - - including Capital Grille, and am looking for something unique to Boston. Any recommendation for the best (non-chain) steak house in Boston? Thanks.

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          itaunas RE: Jane Hyde Nov 9, 2010 04:39 AM

          There is a lot of material if you search on Grill 23 and Prezza. The Oak Room is another possibility. KO Prime is another but I have never eaten there.

          In Cambridge there are decent ethnic meat options (portuguese steak with sauce, Brazilian churrasco, Puerto Rican bistec encebollado) and places for steak frites (again something covered before) Frank's is the only steakhouse per-se and its not my cup of tea.

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          Prezza
          24 Fleet St., Boston, MA 02113

          KO Prime
          90 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02108

          Grill 23 & Bar
          161 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA 02116

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

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            FastTalkingHighTrousers RE: itaunas Nov 9, 2010 05:15 AM

            I've also heard good things from friends about KO Prime. Never been myself but I trust my friends. It also seems to get good write ups on this board.

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            KO Prime
            90 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02108

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        meatluvr RE: Jane Hyde Nov 8, 2010 07:44 PM

        Capitol Grille in Boston is a great option for a top quality steak and it's just over the river! Not too many options in Cambridge, unfortunately. Rialto in harvard square has a nice Wolfes Neck (Pineland Farms) sirloin always on their menu but that's really the only steak option there. Craigie on Main might be running steak but I would call to check first.
        Good luck!

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        Craigie on Main
        853 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

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          kf2vv RE: Jane Hyde Nov 8, 2010 08:47 PM

          If you're dead-set on staying in Cambridge, Frank's Steakhouse at 2310 Mass. Ave. might be worth a look. I've had some quite good steaks there as well as some OK ones. I'm not a regular (mostly I cook my own steaks at home), but if I'm out with a group that wants steak there are worse options.

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            pemma RE: kf2vv Nov 9, 2010 04:42 AM

            Frank's is an OK, neighborhood -type place, but the quality is nowhere near the level of the expensive steak houses.

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              DoubleMan RE: pemma Nov 10, 2010 10:37 AM

              But at Frank's you can have three courses and sides for the price of the cheapest cut at one of the expensive Boston chains. You can also play Keno and listen to cabaret on Saturdays.

              I don't care much for steakhouses, but I'd rather have fun and eat decently at Frank's for 1/4 the price of a Boston steakhouse chain.

              I've always found that the beef dishes at the top restaurants (like Craigie) easily best anything a steakhouse can offer.

          2. Bob Dobalina RE: Jane Hyde Nov 9, 2010 07:37 AM

            Can't speak specific to the availability of steak on the current menu, but Craigie on Main is one of the most high quality meat-centric options in Cambridge. Pig's head and all...

            KO Prime is good, but Grill 23 is stellar. Priced accordingly.

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            KO Prime
            90 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02108

            Grill 23 & Bar
            161 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA 02116

            Craigie on Main
            853 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

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              barleywino RE: Bob Dobalina Nov 9, 2010 12:19 PM

              just bear in mind that steak portions at Craigie can be quite small...sort of like 9 Park, it's just a hint of steak, if they do'nt say on the menu how many ounces, you can assume the worst :) Another way to look at it is, if you ask them whether it's served sliced or not and they say yes, you can assume they do that to make the steak look like it covers more of the plate than it actually does. has anybody had the steak at Scampo?

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                emilief RE: barleywino Nov 9, 2010 03:03 PM

                ve had the steak at Scampo. It is quite good and it is served sliced.There may be more than one steak on the menu and I believe that the menu lists the size of the portion.

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                Scampo
                215 Charles Street, Boston, MA 02114

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              Splendid Spatula RE: Jane Hyde Nov 9, 2010 08:24 AM

              Chez Henri always has a nice steak frites on the menu

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              Chez Henri
              1 Shepard Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

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                zach272 RE: Splendid Spatula Nov 9, 2010 12:14 PM

                I had a very nice steak at Rendezvous (Central Square) last week.

              2. chefematician RE: Jane Hyde Nov 9, 2010 03:49 PM

                I don't know if you would consider it top quality but I've had excellent steak frites at Central Kitchen in Cambridge.

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                Central Kitchen
                567 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

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                  CookieLee RE: Jane Hyde Nov 10, 2010 10:17 AM

                  My dc & I shared the 20oz ribeye at Russel House Tavern. We thought it was as good as a steakhouse.

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