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Jan 22, 2011 07:16 AM

Great steak in LA - but not quite Cut, etc

Brother's in town from Ohio, wants to use the expense account on a good steak for us, but can't do CUT, or anything that high end? Carlitos Gardel on Melrose sounds interesting, but I'd appreciate the suggestions.


Carlitos Gardel
7963 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046

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  1. It's Morton's downtown when my brother comes from Ohio with his expense account.

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      1. re: monku

        Yes Fogo de Chao is a great choice, and if he is here during Dine LA week an all you can eat great steak (their Filet Mignon will melt in your mouth) and a dozen other meats plus the best salad bar in LA is only $44 for dinner (and only $28 for lunch).

        Fogo De Chao
        133 N La Cienega Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211

        1. re: wienermobile

          Went to Fogo De Chao last night for the Dine LA $44 special(regular price is $56.50). It also included dessert. They said the expected 800 people last night and 1,000 tonight. A bit optimistic on their projection, place was only half full when we left at 7:00.

          Fogo De Chao
          133 N La Cienega Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211

          1. re: monku

            do you have any idea on the grade of beef used at FdC? Prime? Choice? Select?

            1. re: ipsedixit

              Most likely choice. The filet was melt in your mouth tender. I preferred their Picana (house specialty) which I believe is the top cap of the rib eye. I was humbled and couldn't put away half the meat I thought I could...probably no mre than a pound.
              But, $44 was a very good deal.

        2. re: monku

          Like Fogo de Chao, especially their lamb chops. As Monku said they have all sorts of meat and a big salad bar. Just know that if he wants traditional sides, baked potatoe, etc. this is not the place.

          If he's in town now, go tomorrow night to Flemings, they have a special for $29.99 on Sunday nights in January for a 12 oz prime rib dinner complete. Check it out.

          1. re: monku

            Fogo de chao is great for stuffing yourselves. At the same time, this branch doesn't seem to be good as the one in Dallas. Not sure if this has changed in the last year.

            1. re: chezwhitey

              The best FdC I've been to has probably been the one in Miami. Never been to the one in Dallas, however.

        3. I think you need to specify just how much you can spend per person without getting your brother in trouble. You'd probably need to call around to get some prices.

          I like Monku's suggestions of Fogo (not a traditional steak but this place is a carnivore's paradise)... and I'll throw in a few other suggestions

          1.Ruth's Chris (several locations)... I love the piping hot plates the steaks are served on.....and ... and the fact they top their steaks with butter. It's a very good steak house chain that's not as expensive as CUT.
          2. Arroyo Chophouse in Pasadena - I enjoyed their NY strip especially the last time I was there.
          3. Mastro's in Beverly Hills (but there are a couple of locations) - Probably too expensive if CUT is out of the running. Great bone-in filet.
          4. However, if budget is really an issue... you can go to the Porterhouse Bistro and get their pre fixe menu and for 90 bucks, you get two drinks (cocktails or wine or soda), soup or salad, share a 24 hour porterhouse steak, one side, and a dessert.... The steak is pretty good but not great.

          If you want absolute premium steak in LA, you're going to pay premium prices...

          Porterhouse Bistro
          8635 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211

          1. Carlitos Gardel is great; I was just there and had a wonderful skirt steak, which I posted about here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/761092

            Might also consider Nick and Stef's and Jar.

            1. Gardel is very good. I also love the steaks at Jar.

              Jar Restaurant
              8225 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048

              1. Think we're going with Ruth Chris. Heard nothing but great things about it. You guys on this board rock - greatly appreciated.

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                1. re: djmedi4

                  You're welcome...

                  Ordering advice for Ruth's Chris...
                  Salads - I like the steak house (just know that there is no steak is on it) or the wedge.
                  Steaks - Med rare (but you should order it however you like them) but I ask for extra butter.
                  Potatoes - I've had the au gratin, lyonaiise and mashed. All delicious. I have enjoyed the shoestring fries over the classic but have come to the conclusion to limit eating fries to burger joints and get something else at steak houses.
                  Veggies - I've enjoyed all the brocolli and spinach sides.
                  Dessert - Carmelized Banana Cream Pie! Yummmmm.

                  1. re: djmedi4

                    Been to Ruth Chris once because we had some gift cards. I thought it was plain horrible and would not spend a dime there again. Their steaks are all drenched in butter and the flavors of their steaks couldn't hold a candle to Mastros, while the prices are very similar. I can't imagine how anyone likes that place. Just my $0.02.

                    Mastros Restaurant
                    2087 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

                    1. re: TailbackU

                      I guess this is more of a "do you like butter or don't you" argument. By the way, you can ask for your steak at Ruth's without butter and it turns out just fine. I find the filets at Ruth's can pretty much be cut with a butter knife and the flavor of the beef... to be... (y)ummmm....beefy.

                      Overall, I love Mastro's, don't get me wrong... but for the price they charge, this restaurant isn't perfect.... while I agree Mastro's meat is tasty, I've had to send a steak back once due to what I felt to be excessive gristle (something I haven't had to do yet at Ruth's). One visit, I ordered a Maine lobster at Mastro's and it came out extremely overcooked (I would've sent it back but I didn't want to insult the person who was paying for the meal AND I needed something rubbery to patch a hole in my bike tire ANDI didn't want another poor lobster soul killed twice..). Lastly, I also think I'm not the only one here who finds the acoustics at Mastro's (I've only been to the Beverly Hills location) to be less than agreeable.

                      Just my 2 cents. ;) (Basically, that's all I have left after eating at all these lovely steak houses.)

                      Mastros Restaurant
                      2087 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

                    2. re: djmedi4

                      Since you've decided on Ruth's Chris and you're on an expense account, don't get suckered into the $39.95 Special Menu. I had it about a year ago and the filet was nothing to write home about. Go with the Cowboy rib eye or NY steak.
                      Without butter is my preference.


                      1. re: djmedi4

                        Ruth's Chris is soup to nuts my favorite steak house. It's been excellent at every location I've ever been (including Park City Utah of all places). Moreover, having been to Cut, I can say it's excellent as well (though I found the desserts to be sorely lacking), but the difference between Cut and Ruth's Chris isn't the same as the price chasm between the two restaurants - although to be fair, if you don't order Kobe or Wagyu beef at Cut, it isn't much more expensive than RC. As for Mortons, or the Palm, don't bother. They're mediocre yet at the same price as Ruth's Chris (which isn't cheap by any stretch of the imagination).

                        1. re: OC Mutt

                          I've had some excellent steaks at R'sC, but I have had some duds too. It just seems like I never knew which I was going to get. I almost always order a rib eye, medium rare. Morton's has been the equal of R'sC for me, but with more consistency in terms of meat quality.

                          We have been to the Beverly Hills locations for both Ruth's Chris and Mortons, plus out of town (hence off topic) locations for each of them as well.

                          1. re: Servorg

                            That's my usual order as well. We normally go to the Woodland hills location and it's been pretty consistent. RC also has my all time favorite salad (The Ruth's Chopped Salad) so that usually aways me to go there.

                            We've been to Mastro's, Mortons, etc as well and they are all good, but they don't have my Ruth's Chopped Salad. LOL

                            1. re: Servorg

                              my experience with Ruth Chris is similar to yours, Servorg...I have had excellent steaks at the Beverly Hills location but had a spectacular dud at the Pasadena location (the only steak that I have had that was worst was at J.J.'s steakhouse in Pasadena).......I prefer Mastro's for steak and sides. I have been to Arroyo Chop, Pacific Dining Car, and Taylor's and found them unremarkable.

                              Pacific Dining Car
                              1310 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90017

                              Mastros Restaurant
                              2087 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91362